The Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) has announced the rollout of its internet distribution venture. The company says it is set to implement a lit fiber project within Nairobi within the next two weeks on a pilot basis.
“In the next two weeks, Kenya Power will implement a lit fiber project with installations beginning in Nairobi on a pilot basis,” the company said in the notice.
KPLC had earlier announced that it would start distributing high-speed internet through a package bundled with electricity and internet as it seeks to tap into the country’s internet demands.
“We will provide our corporate sector customers with a bundled service of electricity and internet,” the company announced at the time.
The electricity provider already has a laid-down infrastructure after leasing its fiber-optic cables attached to its transmission lines to internet service providers.
“Kenya Power will leverage on our vast network to tap into the market…we will offer the corporates the option of using our internet for their primary use or redundancy.”
The company says the packages have been priced competitively to allow them to gain a majority of the market share. Zuku, Safaricom, and Jamii Telkom already control 85.1pc of the country’s fixed data market.
Kenya power says it has a three-year projection to deliver internet to homes, with its primary target being rural homes. Electricity transmission lines already form the basis for the network that will be used to link fiber networks to homes.
“Looking at the business landscape, the opportunities are immense and available for everyone,” Kenya Power said.