KENYA DATA NETWORKS SIGNS INTERNET DEAL WITH TAIDE

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Kenya Data Networks has signed an internet backbone and international gateway agreement with Taide Networks. The two firms signed the contract last week at the Serena Hotel, in Nairobi.

Taide is a subsidiary of Telenor, the incumbent telecommunications service operator in Norway, while Kenya Data Networks (KDN) is owned by the Sameer Group. KDN managing director, Kai Wulff, said that with the signing, the firm now has an unparalleled initial internet bandwidth capacity in East Africa with an up-link of up to 100MBps and a downlink of up to 150MBps

This follows similar agreements with Newskies of the United States and Gilat Satcom of Israel. KDN was awarded the internet backbone and international gateway licence by the Communications Commission of Kenya on January 14, this year, and has since installed three satellite dishes on the roof of Parkside Towers on Mombasa Road, Nairobi.

The chief guest, Norway's ambassador to Kenya, Kjell Harald Dalen, said corruption and insecurity were keeping away investors.

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