Kenya Power angles for bigger cut of internet revenue

Electricity distributor Kenya Power is set to start provision of high-speed internet to businesses as part of its strategy to diversify revenue sources through cashing in on the growing data uptake in the country.

The utility has been in the business of leasing out fibre-optic cables attached to its transmission lines to internet service providers, but now it wants to fully venture into provision of internet services.

The firm said will soon unveil a package that will allow its corporate customers to buy internet and electricity as a bundle after successfully running pilot tests with larger power users.

The firm is entering into a territory where competition is already stiff with Safaricom, Wananchi Group (Zuku) and Jamii Telecoms fiercely fighting to catch the eye of customers.

Leading mobile services provide Safaricom currently commands 37 percent market share, followed by Wananchi with 29.2percent. Jamii comes in third with 18.9 percent slice of the market share, followed by Poa Internet at 9.1 percent and Liquid comes fourth, controlling just 2 percent of the market share.

Kenya Power will ride on its extensive transmission lines to take its internet services available in various corners of the country. It is this extensive coverage of its electricity infrastructure that the utility is banking on to give established IPS such as Safaricom and Wananchi a run for their money.

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