In recent days we have seen an increase in the number of internet providers in the country. Apart from the traditional internet service providers like Safaricom and Airtel, we have witnessed a number of companies such as Zuku, Jamii Telecommunications and Kenya Power and Lighting Company join the lucrative business. The most recent company to join the industry is Kenya Pipeline after it launched its cheap internet connection services. Here are the full details as told by The African Torch.
Kenya Pipeline Company Internet.
On Thursday April 7th 2022, Kenya pipeline held an event in Nairobi whereby they launched its fiber optic cable (FOC) that will run parallel to the oil pipes from Mombasa, Nairobi, Kisumu and Eldoret. During the event that was attended by the Information and Computing Technology (ICT) Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru, Kenya Pipeline Company Managing Director Macharia Irungu explained that the unveiling of the Fiber Optic Cable is in line with the government’s Vision 2030. He further noted that it will make the lives of Kenyans better and improve the businesses that mainly rely on ICT and the digital space.
The type of Internet.
The Kenya Pipeline Company will be providing the internet services through Fiber Optic Cables. Fibre Optics is a technology that uses glass threads to transmit data with each thread having the capacity to transmit messages that are modulated into light waves. The technology is majorly used to transmit huge amounts of data over long distances in a cost-effective way. The cable installed from Mombasa to Nairobi will be used only by the company. Then the one from Nairobi to Eldoret will be supplied to the public and the three commercial lines will contain 192, 96 and 96 cores respectively.
During his speech, CS Joe Mucheru lauded the efforts of the Kenya Pipeline Company in speeding up the internet connection process.
“This is the future and you are laying foundations for where Kenya is going. The benefits of having this kind of connectivity cannot always be seen, but they exist. Two weeks ago we launched the peace cable in Mombasa with 16 terabytes. The next step is to take it from the coast to serve it to everybody else, and I am glad that the Kenya Pipeline Company has made these developments,” he said.
Also in attendance was the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) Director General Ezra Chiloba and Petroleum and Mining Principal Secretary (PS) Andrew Kamau.