Huawei takes aim at Sa­fari­com with home fi­bre In­ter­net of­fer

Business Daily (Kenya) - - CORPORATE NEWS - An­nie Njanja an­­tion­

Chi­nese IT firm Huawei has en­tered the lo­cal home In­ter­net mar­ket as it strives to grow its rev­enues lo­cally by branch­ing out be­yond its core busi­ness in de­vices.

The 4.5G wire­less broad­band so­lu­tion, dubbed WTTX, has speeds of up to a gi­ga­byte per sec­ond (1Gbp/s). Aims to pro­vide In­ter­net to densely pop­u­lated ur­ban and re­mote ar­eas without ac­cess to fi­bre op­tic.

The so­lu­tion is fast and af­ford­able to de­ploy as it does not re­quire pole or ca­ble in­stal­la­tions since op­er­a­tors lever­age on ex­ist­ing 4G base sta­tions set up for the wire­less broad­band ser­vice.

“In­ter­net pen­e­tra­tion re­mains

a ma­jor chal­lenge in Kenya and in Africa as a whole, and it is for this rea­son that Huawei Tech­nolo­gies has worked to pro­vide

an af­ford­able so­lu­tion that pro­vides the same user ex­pe­ri­ence as fi­bre,” said Huawei Kenya, se­nior di­rec­tor pub­lic af­fairs, Adam Lane.

“WTTX en­ables op­er­a­tors to roll-out high-speed home and busi­ness broad­band quickly, whilst re­duc­ing in­fra­struc­ture costs which in­creases their re­turn on in­vest­ment and en­sures a great ser­vice for con­sumers.”

Huawei is set to ri­val re­cently launched Sa­fari­com’s home fi­bre In­ter­net unit which has so far con­nected 28,000 homes. Lat­est

data from Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Author­ity of Kenya data shows that there were 54,700 fixed fi­bre-op­tic sub­scrip­tions at the end of June 2017, com­pared to 27,571 such con­nec­tions recorded by the end of the same pe­riod last year.

The grow­ing num­ber of sub­scrip­tion on-de­mand ser­vices like Show­max, Iflix and Net­flix al­low­ing peo­ple to stream live pro­grammes in Kenya and more users opt­ing to work from home have led to the in­creased de­mand for the In­ter­net in res­i­den­tial build­ings.

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