During the Conext Conference in Nairobi, hosted by TESPOK, Huawei Kenya declared its unwavering commitment to enhancing household internet access and expanding it to a broader spectrum of households. Tony Li, the Chief Technology Officer of Huawei Southern Africa Region, emphasized the vital role of ensuring internet accessibility for Kenyans through the implementation of Fixed Wireless Access, mobile technologies, and Fiber-based Fixed Networks.
The primary objective is to integrate more Kenyan households into the global digital economy. To achieve this, Huawei plans to introduce its Fiber To The Room [FTTR] program, aiming to double the number of connected homes in Kenya. The focal point is the delivery of 1 Gbps connectivity in every room, particularly in multi-room and multi-floor residences. This initiative involves the deployment of Wi-Fi enabled optical network terminals [ONT] in each room of an apartment, ensuring comprehensive internet coverage throughout the house, irrespective of the room’s location.
The FTTR solution marks a significant advancement, enabling the direct provision of fiber connectivity to every room, thereby facilitating high-speed internet access. This is made possible through Huawei’s cutting-edge photoelectric composite micro-optical cable and the FTTR construction solution, which represents a substantial enhancement in home networking. These optical fibers boast qualities such as compactness, durability, immunity to electromagnetic interference, and high data-carrying capacity.
Li emphasized that the government’s role is crucial in implementing these changes. It is imperative for the government to mandate the integration of fiber connections in new buildings, streamline fiber installation processes, and promote fair competition in the market.
Kenya urgently needs to upgrade its network infrastructure to effectively handle the escalating demand for cloud computing environments, virtual reality, telehealth, and other data-intensive technologies.