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Wananchi Group to spend KES 220M on network upgrading

05 August 2014, 10:08 Nechesa Chemoi

Nairobi - Wananchi Group’s home entertainment and communication services brand Zuku has embarked on a major network upgrade to offer customers improved speeds and reduced downtime.

The network upgrade, valued at KES 220 million, is expected to be complete by the end of October 2014, laying basis for the provision of speeds of up to 50Mbps for its Nairobi customers as it already rolls out in Mombasa effective 1 August 2014.

“Over the last two years, we have had an unprecedented growth in our customer numbers, hence the need to provision more capacity in the network to accommodate the growth. This upgrade will ensure that we offer improved quality of service, to existing and new customers,” said the Group’s CEO, Richard Alden.

He said the work required to put the necessary infrastructure in place began earlier this year and is due to end in October.

“The upgrade will focus on increasing network access capacity for the end user and new voice architecture to provide cutting edge telephony services and increase national backbone capacity,” he said.

The announcement comes just days after the latest quarterly statistics released last week by the Communications Authority showed that Wananchi Group’s market share in the Fixed/ Wireless Internet Subscriptions market grew by 1.7%, to stand at 44.7% in March this year.

“Zuku uses HFC (Hybrid Fibre-Coaxial) and FTTH (Fibre to the Home) technology to serve our customers in the various neighborhoods in Nairobi. We shall continue to invest in these technologies and other latest ones in our network for the betterment of the services to our customers and to maintain our edge in the market,” Alden said.

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