By Nicholas Nduati
Liquid telecom Kenya has diversified from the laying of fibre optic cables business into being an internet service provider.
The firm’s CEO Ben Roberts says the firm will implement a project dubbed the last mile connectivity through its Hai internet services focusing on connecting homes and SMEs with fibre based internet at competitive packages as well as increasing free wi-fi hotspots around the country.
Competition in the provision of data services for individuals and SMEs in the country has gone a notch higher following the entry of Liquid telecom into the internet service provision, ISP, platform.
The firm which is renowned for its fibre laying business having laid 2,400 kilometers of fiber in the country will now use its infrastructure to provide internet services to homes and SMEs.
The diversification will see 400 new communication towers connected with fibre, to deliver 4G internet services as well as SMEs around the country connected at favorable packages.
Although the firm targets to connect over 10,000 homes this year, those outside their fiber radius will still be able to access internet through Wimax wireless internet and satellite too starting next month.
The crash plan cloud services will enable users to back up their data in real time by downloading an application.
Through the diversified approach into internet provision, consumers will be able to access video on demand content such as movies and documentaries through Liquid telecom’s ipidi TV, heightening its competition with the recently launched video on demand provider Netflix.