This year promises to be a busy one for firms offering Internet services. Telkom Kenya, now out of the comfort zone after its monopoly went out the window, says the increased usage of its Voice over Internet Protocol service (VoIP) had eased the pressure on its Jambonet internet backbone service.

Managing director Sammy Kirui was speaking after a street promotion spearheaded by Telkom's top management. He said many operators offering illegal VoIP services have been phased out as the Sh15 per minute charged by Telkom was the lowest in the market. Firms in Kenya have also started upgrading their networks in anticipation of the marine fibre optic cables due to land in Mombasa later this year.

UUNET Kenya says it will use its broadband WiMAX network with speeds of to exploit the optic fibre cable, that costs the company $1 million (Sh70 million).

"We intend to use our new network to provide high speed broadband access to the optic fibre network when it comes online," said UUNET Kenya's IP solutions manager, Peter Mwondi. Early last month, the Government signed a Sh189 million ($2.7 million) contract with a US company, Tyco Telecommunications for surveying The East African Marine System optic fibre project. This will be a milestone for Kenya's information and technology sub-Sector.

Its completion will aid growth of call centres. Mwondi was speaking at the Stanley Hotel, when the company launched its WiMAX certified wireless service called 'Beyond Broadband' to the media. The development comes hot on the heels of the announced a change of guard at the helm of the company.

The Nation