Government Still Studying Cable Bids in Kenya

Internet

The outcome of the national terrestrial fibre-optic project tender will be known in the next few months. Information and Communication Mnister Mutahi Kagwe said bids for building of the infrastructure are in the last stages of evaluation.

A national optical cable network capable of transmitting large volumes of data at high speed will be constructed at a cost of Sh3.5 billion. The project is expected to connect major towns in the country and will take 18 months to be completed.

The short listed companies include Sagem Communications, Huawei Technologies Investment Company, Alcatel Luccent Ltd, ECI Telecom Ltd, Draka Comteq Telecom BV, Siemens Networks, ZTE Corporation, Fujikura Ltd and Taihan Ltd. The minister would not say exactly when the winner will be announced.

East African Standard