NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – MORE than 2 000 small and medium enterprises and over 1 400 buildings in Kenya have been connected with the high speed internet fibre under the “Fibre for Business” initiative by Safaricom.
On Friday, the service was rolled to Thika, northeast of the capital Nairobi.
Safaricom will connect 25 buildings as it nears completion of Phase One of the fibre rollout which kicked off last year.
Rita Okuthe, Director, Safaricom Business, says SMEs play a critical role in the East African country’s economy.
“Our goal is to provide a platform for these enterprises to grow and unlock their potential by transforming the way they do business using technology. So far, we have seen a lot of interest in the towns we have visited and we hope that by the end of phase one, we will have more SMEs on board.”
Thika becomes the 11th town where SMEs will be able to enjoy fast, reliable and affordable connectivity after Nairobi, Nakuru, Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret, Malindi, Machakos, Nanyuki, Kakamega, and Kisii.
In addition to Fibre for Business, other Safaricom propositions targeted at small businesses include the telephone solution Easy50 as well as the comprehensive product suite under Ready Business.
The Easy50 data bundle for SMEs offers up to 50GB of data on Safaricom’s network and can be accessed by up to 10 devices, using a wireless router or smartphone as a hotspot for a flat monthly rate of Kshs 6 000 (US$58).
The ‘Ready Business’ platform bundles together various technology and
advisory services to empower entrepreneurs tackle challenges of a rapidly changing business landscape.
– CAJ News