NAIROBI-MOMBASSA FIBRE PROJECT SET TO START BUILDING IN 2004

Telecoms

Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) plans to put on the market part of the bandwidth from the proposed Sh1.17 billion fibre optic cable that KPC will lay along the pipeline way-leave. The first phase of the KPC project starts in June 2004, between Nairobi and Mombasa. Further rollout to the western region will then follow.

The cable will provide technologically advanced security, by remotely detecting leakage from a central point. It will be backed-up by Vsat, said its MD Ochuodho."And because our core business is oil and not moving data we shall have spare capacity to re-sale," he said. KPC, he said, will soon seek expression of interest from other companies wishing to partner the technology.

The East African Standard