KENYA PIPELINE COMPANY PULLS OUT OF MOMBASA-NAIROBI AND KENYA TELKOM STEPS IN
The Nairobi-Mombasa fibre link has been so long in the planning that people in Kenya often refer to it as if it has already been built. But the intense political squabbling over who should build it is now over. Kenya Pipeline Company had wanted to build it but Kenya Telkom fought a fierce rearguard action to ensure that it maintained control of this essential link between the planned coastal cable EASSy and Kenya's main market, Nairobi.
This week the Kenya Pipeline Company has pulled out of the fibre optic cable project that was to run form Mombasa to Nairobi. The company's board chairman, Darius Mbela said telecommunications was not part of the firm's core functions. Interestingly former Managing Director Shem Ochuodho was sacked last December on an unrelated matter.
So now Telkom Kenya can reveal as part of its plans to spend KES5 billion in the rest of 2005 to upgrade its fixed line network that it will build the link. The telco plans to lay a fibre-optic cable between Nairobi and Mombasa, which is due to be completed by April 2006. Telkom said the investment is part of an ongoing plan to improve its networks and services.