- The electricity distributor is looking for a contractor for the extension program which will last 36 months.
Kenya Power #ticker: KPLC plans to set up an additional 600.5 kilometers of fiber optic cable network for rent to telecom operators as internet demand increases during the time of Covid-19.
The utility company, which currently has more than 4,000 kilometers of cables on its high-voltage lines, is seeking a contractor for the 36-month extension program.
“The KPLC fiber optic cable network is growing at a very rapid pace to meet internal primary telecommunications needs as well as to serve external customers who lease fiber capacity,” the company explains.
“KPLC intends to expand its fiber optic cable network to its shopping malls and substations using fully dielectric self-supporting fiber optic cable for better data connectivity and a small portion with an optical ground wire. . “
The planned expansion follows an increase in demand for internet services as businesses continue to direct employees to work from home and people spend most of their time in homes to reduce the risk of contracting coronavirus .
The cables will be installed under the high and medium voltage power lines.
Kenya Power uses the cables to manage the national grid and leases excess capacity from telecommunications service providers such as Safaricom, Airtel, Liquid Telecom and Jamii Telecommunications.
The utility set aside 524.4 million shillings as fiber optic rental income in the fiscal year ended last June, up 6.4 percent from 492.86 billion shillings.
Since its launch in 2010, Kenya Power has accrued 3.02 billion shillings through the fiber rental business, with revenue growing every year.
The tender documents show that the fiber extension works were divided into two lots.
The first batch targets 277.5 kilometers and will cover the Coast, Nairobi, Northeast and Mount Kenya regions, while the second will add 323 kiolometers in the Central Rift, North Rift, West and south of Nyanza.