Kenya Data Networks has commissioned Siemens Communications to deliver transmission technology for a fiber-optic network

October 18, 2005

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MUNICH -- Kenyan network provider Kenya Data Networks Ltd. (KDN) has commissioned Siemens Communications to deliver fiber optic transmission technology for a 1,140-kilometer fiber optic network. Once installed it will allow KDN’s customers to use reliable broadband services like fast internet service throughout all of Kenya. KDN also wants to make the advanced transmission capabilities of its high-speed network available to other national and international operators and service providers.

Siemens plans to implement KDN’s new fiber optic network between October 2005 and the end of 2006 as a full-service solution on the basis of its SURPASS hiT multi-service provisioning platform. The network is designed as a backbone that runs from Mombasa on Kenya’s southeastern coast to its neighbor Uganda in the west and provides quick and reliable data communication throughout the entire country. Operating as a “carriers’ carrier”, KDN will offer the transmission capacities of its network also to the largest mobile communication providers and Internet service providers as well as fixed-network operators in Kenya. In addition, the backbone will connect landlocked African nations like Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi to the planned East African undersea cable.

Since Siemens is executing the job as a turnkey project, it will not only deliver and lay the cable, but also install and set up the network. KDN and Siemens are designing and planning the network jointly.

“It is very important for us that we are able to develop and implement our ideas for a new high-performance backbone network together with Siemens as our strategic partner. We are convinced that Siemens with its well-known technical expertise for large turnkey projects is the right partner for us,” said Kai Wulff, managing director of KDN.

Siemens Communications Group

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