The Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO) has announced plans to venture into the internet service provision business. The firm has been granted a network facility provider tier 2 licence by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA). KETRACO currently uses optical ground wire technology for its operations, which has the capacity to transmit data. It plans to lease out excess fibre capacity to network operators.
In a notice in the dailies, the state agency says its seeking an operator to run the services. It needs one to design, supply, install, operate, manage and commercialise its fibre network, under a revenue-sharing arrangement. KETRACO has a transmission network of 1,115 kilometers with another 7,000 expected over the next five years. With its transmission lines passing through remote parts of the country, it will be able to expand the country’s fibre optic network.