Wananchi to Roll Out First 'Triple Play' Service in Kenya

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After a series of mergers and acquisitions, Wananchi Group is set to roll out Kenya’s first triple play offer.

"Next month, Wananchi will roll out in the Kenyan market the first Triple Play service in Africa, comprising Internet, TV and telephony, all in the same cost-effective package and coming from one provider," Euan Fannell, the Group chief executive officer told The EastAfrican last week.

The product roll out has been made possible by the group's expansion of its cable services that saw it acquire Mitsumi TV, a cable TV network.

Through Africa Telecom Media and Technology Fund (ATMT), the company has also acquired a 10 per cent stake in the TEAMS cable, whose bandwidth capacity will enable it to set up a video streaming and conferencing network.

"Our goal in Kenya is to migrate from dial-up to wireless broadband using WiMax technology and VoIP. These should be in place by early next year," added Mr Fannell.

In preparation for the roll out of the Triple Play service and the re-launch of its Internet connectivity products, aimed both at the home and corporate market, the company is setting up WiMax base stations in Nairobi and Mombasa and plans to have rolled out at least 100 base stations by November.

Currently, more than 20 WiMax base stations have been rolled out. Through Mitsunet TV, the group is targeting 300,000 homes in Nairobi and 100,000 homes in Mombasa. Subscribers will have access to 50 channels at only Ksh150 ($2.3) per channel per month.

Wananchi Group is also the lead sponsor of the first ever African Film, Broadcast and Convergence conference scheduled for Nairobi from September 23-25.

The East African