Kenya Power is moving forward with its plan to begin selling fixed internet directly to consumers.
The firm is reportedly rolling out plans to bundle power and internet in packages targeted at corporate clients. The packages are to be officially unveiled in coming weeks.
Business Today had reported in December 2021 how, as part of its diversification strategy, the State-owned power utility was looking to connect businesses and homes to the internet. Kenya Power already leverages its 4,000-kilometre power transmission and distribution network to lease fibre optic cables across the country to Internet Service Providers (ISPs).
Now, the firm is rolling out plans to bundle power and internet in packages targeted at corporate clients. The packages are to be officially unveiled in coming weeks
Kenya Power is expected to prioritize affordability to give it an edge over ISPs including Safaricom and Wananchi-owned Zuku.
KPLC was issued with a Network Facility Provider – Tier 2 License by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) in 2010.
“The company’s extensive fibre network presently offers dark fibre services to the country’s major ISPs to facilitate the provision of Internet services to the end buyer in the retail and enterprise segments across the country and neighbouring countries,” KPLC noted.
Consumers will be hoping that the entry of Kenya Power into the space results in cheaper internet costs across the board.
Kenya Power will be competing with ISPs who already leverage the utility’s infrastructure to reach as many customers as possible. It offers dark fibre on 5, 15, and 20 years Indefeasible Rights of Use (IRU) at market driven prices and has lease agreements with operators including Safaricom, Airtel, Liquid Telecom Ltd, Jamii Telecommunications, Indigo Telecommunication Ltd and Wananchi Telecom Ltd.
Kenya Power will be keen on tapping into its pool of over 8 million existing customers to drive uptake of the new offering.