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Old June 2nd, 2010, 08:23 PM   #1
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Mombasa-Kampala | Underground Fiber Optics Cable | 1500km | $100million | Under Construction

Altech's KDN lays 1500kms or fiber between Mombasa and Kampala:


Kenya Data Networks (KDN), an Altech subsidiary and the fastest growing ICT company in East Africa, has laid an estimated 1500kms of fibre backbone from the Kenyan city of Mombasa to Kampala in Uganda. The fibre optic network will afford homes, businesses and Digital Villages the opportunity to tap into the anticipated benefits of faster, cheaper and more efficient services, including cable television, voice and data services.

Further plans include laying an additional 400 km of underground cable from Kampala to Kigali, Rwanda, totaling 6000 km of cable for the project. “Altech is proud to be associated with this project. East Africa is a region with explosive growth prospects as far as technology and broadband provision are concerned. The imminent landing of a number of undersea cables will provide the bandwidth needed to create an East African broadband network. Broadband demand in East Africa is expected to increase ten fold over the next 3 years. The project will unlock land-locked countries, like Uganda and Rwanda, by connecting them to the undersea cables via KDN’s terrestrial fibre,” said Altech Chief Executive Officer, Craig Venter.


KDN owns the largest fibre optic network in East Africa and dominates the field of data carriers and infrastructure networks suppliers. KDN Managing Director, Kai Wulff said that KDN was living up to its promise of being a one stop shop for telecommunications solutions through provision of low cost bandwidth that will guarantee affordable and reliable high speed broadband service not only in the East Africa region but throughout Africa.

“The project will deliver better and more affordable telecommunications advances, inline with those currently enjoyed by most developed countries’’, said Wulff. “From 2005, when we laid our first fibre optic cable in Nairobi, our ambitions have grown exponentially. Soon, we will have laid cable throughout East Africa, and from there, we have the entire African continent in our sights.” he added.

East Africa has to date, made use of the VSAT satellite for international communication. “This means that information sent from Kenya to Uganda effectively had to travel 72,000 km from Kenya to the satellite and then to Uganda. KDN’s new terrestrial fibre network will shorten the route by 90%, inherently resulting in cost savings to the consumer,” said Wulff.

In August 2008, KDN became the first ICT company to construct a Ksh 7billion (R700 million) termination point at the Kenyan coast in anticipation of East Africa’s three international undersea cables. KDN’s fibre optic cable will connect Kampala to the undersea cables that land in Mombasa and will also provide the benefits to Uganda.

“KDN considers the undersea cables crucial to the region’s advancement and will continue to invest heavily in infrastructure as part of its vision to connect people with high quality and affordable services,” said Wulff. Altech has good experience in running the next generation network in Kenya through its acquisition of KDN. This fibre network will span 4 countries by September 2009: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Altech has WiMax and related experience through WiMax roll-out in Kenya (KDN) and Uganda (Infocom). Altech also has international bandwidth capacity through its equity stake in Teams (Kenyan undersea cable). All this knowledge and experience gained through the businesses in East Africa, is available for utilization in South Africa and applicable to the newly acquired I-ECNS license.

Kenya Data Networks
Kenya Data Networks (KDN) initiated services at the beginning of 2003 as a full service, data communications carrier. Its mission is to build a world-class telecommunications infrastructure in Kenya and East Africa. KDN has established itself as the leader in the provision of commercial leased lines, constituting 75% of Kenya’s outbound traffic. KDN’s extensive operations cover all the major cities and towns of Kenya (3 of which have a metropolitan Wi-Fi network) and are soon to be expanded to cover other cities and towns in the East Africa region. KDN currently has the largest WiMax network in Africa with over 190,000 square kilometers covered. KDN has been offering turn-key solutions using the different technologies in its bouquet namely Wi-Fi, WiMax and Fibre across East Africa.
www.kdn.co.ke

Allied Technologies
Altech is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and is an investment holding company, involved in the telecommunications, multi-media and information technology industries, which employs over 5000 employees in South Africa and abroad.As a leading South African multi-billion rand high-technology group, Altech is involved in the design, development and convergence of telecommunications equipment, multi-media systems and IT solutions. There is a strong focus on the convergence of these technologies and Altech is now also entrenched in the arena of secure technology solutions.Altech has ongoing access to the latest technologies worldwide, while the group’s own research and development programme actively encourages and promotes internal technology.
Source: www.altech.co.za
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