Telkom completes $6m carrier metro and backbone project

01 September 2017 | James Pearce


Telkom has completed a $6 million carrier metro and backbone network project in Nairobi that it expects to deliver triple redundancy, enhanced services and extended reach in the East African market.

The infrastructure project, initiated at the beginning of the year, will have a designed combined capacity of 10Tbps and enhance service to Telkom’s multiple subsea cable routes.

Telkom’s managing director of carrier services George Mokogi said: “Our strategic intent to becoming the region’s infrastructure provider of choice is hinge on providing the right infrastructure that delivers the right value for our customers. This investment is a renewal of our commitment to continue delivering unmatched value to our customers and to ultimately change the telco market in Kenya and the whole African region.”

Telkom’s new Nairobi Carrier Metro ring is designed to provide 6Tb/s of capacity around key carrier routes in the city in preparation to the increased data uptake from the increased penetration of mobile services and high consumption of video content.

The new triple redundancy network has ASON (Automatic Switching Optical Network) capability and with an aim to deliver a "real experience" with minimal disruption in a city with several infrastructure projects ongoing.

The Backbone Network, a 1000 kilometer stretch - from Mombasa to Malaba,with a design capacity of 4 Tb/s - is aimed at creating triple redundancy on the route through the use of Telkom’s own fibre, NOFBI Fiber (Kenyan Government-owned fibre managed by Telkom) and Overhead DWDM through Kenya Power  lines.

Phase 2 of the infrastructure improvement project will involve increasing capacity and redundancy to other metro cities and an extension of the Backbone Route into Uganda.