Internet Solutions (IS), formerly Access Kenya, through its IS-Max solution, will attempt to increase competition in the home internet solutions market with their recently announced plans to provide internet to the home market Small and Medium Entrepreneurs in Kenya.
The service which is free to install will be subscription-based and available on both fiber and wireless infrastructure. The company will charge Sh3,000 for a 3MB connection burstable to 12 MB or 5MB burstable to 20 MB at Ksh.5,000.
“IS-MAX is an innovative product that provides access to a dynamic internet service allowing our customers to use more without additional spend. As you plan for your internet needs, more often than not you would work with the maximum capacity requirement as the determinant but ultimately you end up paying for much more than you actually utilize. With burst capabilities of up to 400 percent of the capacity subscribed, IS-MAX is your ultimate solution,” IS Group Managing Director Richard Hechle stated.
The move to offer home connectivity comes at a much needed time as this will enable more Kenyans to work from home as part of the many directives the government has suggested will help flatten the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID -19).
“Our venture into the home internet market has been informed by the fact that for people to work from home effectively as per the government’s directive, they need stable, secure, and high-speed internet connectivity. As a company, we realize that many people’s cash flow has been impacted by the pandemic hence our decision to waive installation fees for home users and SMEs. This will enable more people to access our internet service” Hechle added.
The company will join a barely populated internet solutions market that Safaricom and Zuku currently dominate. According to a study from the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) Zuku currently holds a total of 175,433 fixed broadband connections while Safaricom is first runners up with 165,810.
Access Kenya started out with the name Communications Solutions Limited. Brothers David and Jonathan Somen founded the company in 1995 to provide ICTs for corporate clients in Kenya.