Liquid Telecom Kenya has announced a 10-year partnership with Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (KETRACO) to expand internet network across East Africa.
The Ksh 620 Million partnership will begin by upgrading fibre connections to Kenyan areas already connected to the national grid with high voltage lines of 132kV and above.
“We are delighted to be doing more than extending power lines. With KETRACO and Liquid Telecom coming together, we are now taking fibre to where it has never been before whilst diversifying our company’s revenue base,” said KETRACO’s Managing Director, FCPA Fernandes Barasa.
Liquid Telecom Kenya will install connectivity equipment in all the power terminating points along KETRACO’s network, complementing the Internet Service Provider’s own underground cable network running from Mombasa to Nairobi and across most major towns in Kenya.
According to Liquid Telecom Kenya Chief Executive Adil Youssefi, the company is committed to partnerships across every sector to advance their mission of ensuring they meet the rising demand for high-quality internet in Kenya and the region.
Telecom liquid will operate KETRACO’s Optical Ground Wire (OPGW) fibre cable across East Africa.
More countries in East Africa are now moving to leverage their power transmission infrastructure to carry internet data on the earthing cable already used to transmit power regulation data.