Kenya to get internet boost thanks to new cable

31/05/2011 - Kenya property & investment news
Kenya to get internet boost thanks to new cable

Internet use and connectivity in Kenya is to receive a welcome boost thanks to the creation of a new fibre optic cable infrastructure across east Africa.Five African nations have joined forces on a $400 million (£242.3 million) investment in terrestrial fibre optic cables, ComputerWorld reports.Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi join Kenya in linking together to create the network.According to the news provider, the network will run nearly 16,000 kilometres and stretch from southern Sudan to Tanzania's border with Zambia."The terrestrial network, dubbed the East Africa Backhaul System, will connect to the submarine fibre optic cables on the East Africa[n] coast," the report stated.Experts operating in Kenya forecast that the move will help continue the country's efforts to promote information technology and the internet sector.Indeed, it comes after a UN official said Kenya was on the right track toward building its mobile sector, recommending that neighbouring countries look to follow its example.