Huawei takes aim at Safaricom with home fibre Internet offer
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.