Internet costs likely to go down by 20%

By Ronald Owili

Increased demand for data services in the region is likely to push down the cost of internet by as much as 20 percent for consumers.

This will be aided by increased capacity in more submarine cables being connected to the Kenyan coast.

Neutral data centre provider, Icolo.io has announced it is putting up an 800 million shillings data centre in Nairobi that will serve among others enterprises, financial institutions, telcos, and internet service providers.

The center will be located at Catholic University of Eastern Africa.

Already the firm has a 600 million shillings data centre in Mombasa.

Since the arrival of the first submarine cable in 2009, the East African Marine System-TEAMS, a government led high-speed fibre optic cable linking Kenya to the rest of the world, five others have joined the fray.

They include Africa-1, DARE, EASSy, Liquid Sea and SEACOM with the 7th Lion-1 also set to be connected to the Kenyan coast.

Fibre has seen customers enjoy high speed internet. This is set to even become cheaper as data demand from personal and enterprises increase.

Kenya is currently experiencing an uptake in broadband subscription with 10.8 million subscribers enjoying speeds of 1.7 mbps.

  

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