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NINE FIRMS LISTED FOR SH3.5 BILLION CABLE TENDER IN KENYA

Nine companies have qualified to bid for the Kenyan national fibre-optic backbone tender estimated at Sh3.5 billion. Information and Communications Permanent Secretary, Dr Bitange Ndemo, said the project would involve laying down of a cable covering 5,000km across the country.

They are Sagem Communications Safran Group, Huawei Technologies Investment Company Ltd, ASB Company Ltd (Alcatel Luccent (EA) Ltd, Draka Comteq Telecom B.V, Siemens Networks GNBH and Co, ZTE Corporation, Fujikura Ltd and Taihan Electric Wire Co Ltd.

The PS said 16 firms had expressed interest but only nine companies were invited to collect tender documents in March. "The Government will close the tender on May 3. We hope that the bidding, laying and commissioning of the project will be completed within 18 months," Ndemo said. He was speaking at the pre-bidding meeting at Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) headquarters on Thursday.

The East African Standard

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