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Safaricom speeds Kenya fibre-to-the-home network

Kenya fibre-to-the-home networkFrom MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI  – HUAWEI is working with Safaricom to deploy a fiber to the home (FTTH) network in Kenya.
Safaricom has adopted Huawei’s end-to-end (E2E) solution to rapidly deploy the FTTH network and expand its capability to new home broadband services.
For precise investment, based on the idea of value-oriented network construction, Safaricom uses analytics to determine network rollout in line with customer demand as its first step.
Thibuad Rerolle, Safaricom Director said by using Huawei’s E2E FTTH solution, the company could speedily build the FTTH network.
“We are keen to broaden the development space for new fixed broadband services,” Rerolle said.
Kenya has a steadily developing economy, but its fixed broadband penetration rate is lower than 1 percent, failing to meet the network requirements of home and enterprise users.
Safaricom plans to enter the home broadband market.
However, it faces many challenges, including scattered user distribution, high network construction costs, and low early phase service provisioning rates and revenues.
Jeff Wang, President of Huawei’s Access Network Product Line, said emerging markets placed strong demands on FTTH network services.
The top challenge facing operators is shortening the return on investment (ROI) period.
Huawei said E2E FTTH solution would resolve such challenges.
“It features precise investment, fast network construction, quick service provisioning, and efficient O&M, enabling operators to greatly shorten the ROI period and achieve business success,” Wang said.
Huawei has provided UBB access services for 500 million home users around the world.

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