Kenya: Wananchi finally launches its Triple Play service

Technology & Convergence

In Kenya on Wednesday, 8 December 2010, Wananchi’s 'triple-play' fibre service - offering video (cable TV), data (broadband Internet) and voice (telephony)
 - finally went live; one million homes in East Africa are targeted by 2015. Branded under its Zuku brand, the fibre package has gone live in the cities of Kileleshwa, Kilimani, Lavington and Hurligham.

Phase two of the triple-play project will focus on the areas of South B and South C, Westlands and Parklands, and will be completed by 1H 11. The remainder of Nairobi and Mombasa are scheduled to be completed during the second half of 2011. Tanzania and Uganda have been mooted for subsequent connectivity. It will now offer unmatched download speeds ranging from 1Mbps to 8Mbps for residential customers, and speeds of 8Mbps to 20Mbps for business customers.

Wananchi has also invested in cable channels such as Zuku Sports and Zuku Sports HD, the latter of which represents the region's first HD sport channel, as well as eight movie channels, including Zuku Movies Max and Zuku Movies Max HD.

To date Wananchi has invested over USD100 million in its fibre rollout, and its existing infrastructure currently provides 100 cable TV channels to around 12,000 customers in Nairobi and Mombasa, and WiMAX broadband connectivity to approximately 9,000 customers in Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Nyeri and Eldoret. Global pay-TV penetration ranges from 20% to 80%, while in Africa the penetration is still less than 0.1%.