The pan-African network operator Liquid Telecom has found a new way to expand its fiber footprint in eastern Africa. They have struck up a 10-year partnership deal with Kenya Electricity Transmission Company, or KETRACO.
KETRACO is in the midst of an expansion of its national power grid, and is building out fiber alongside of the high voltage lines it is installing. Some of that will of course be going toward managing the grid itself, but Liquid Telecom will be leveraging dark fiber on routes of 132kV and above to expand its reach both within Kenya and also potentially into neighboring Tanzania and Uganda and possibly others over time. According to reports, the two will be splitting the revenues 60/40 between the network operator and energy utility.
Of course, Liquid Telecom already has substantial fiber assets in Kenya, but this deal will both add diversity in and between the major nodes of Nairobi and Mombasa and reach into more rural, underserved areas.