KDN extends east Africa network

25 April 2013 | Mitch Sayers


Kenya Data Networks has claimed it is the first operator connecting east African capitals Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Kampala and Kigali on a single fibre network.

Data centre provider KDN has extended its network in an effort to increase capacity and reduce latency and the additional fibre link spans 120km from Nairobi to Namanga.

Liquid Telecom, which has a 61% stake in KDN following its takeover of The Altech Group, has combined its network with KDN’s for the expansion. The companies claim it will mean traffic from south and east Africa can connect directly without having to route via Europe, which should provide better connectivity.

KDN has said customers will experience an estimated 350 millisecond latency rate reduction, from over 400ms to 50ms.

“With the completion of KDN’s Namanga fibre we will provide even more secure and reliable solutions to businesses in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi,” said Nic Rudnick, CEO of Liquid Telecom.

“This fibre will improve business opportunities providing more capacity, more routes and higher speeds to fixed and mobile operators, as well as Africa’s leading companies.”