Kenya Power set to launch home internet by June 2023

Kenya Power set to launch home internet by June 2023

July 13, 2022 Off By TLK

Kenya Power plans to roll out fixed internet services by June 2023. The electricity distributor has been piloting the project using corporate customers for several months in Nairobi.

The venture into internet service provision by the state-owned power monopoly will likely trigger price wars with telcos. The customer may end up being the beneficiary.

Some of the internet service providers in Nairobi currently include Forbes 2000 and Africa’s top 20 company Safaricom, Liquid Telecom owned by Strive Masiyiwa, Jamii Telcom Ltd (JTL), ZUKU owned by Wananchi, Africa Online, Telkom Kenya, among others.

Kenya Power has the advantage of infrastructure through its vast network of power poles. In fact, other ISPs use the poles for their own fibre networks.

“Our plan is to launch our Lit Fibre business in the course of this financial year,” Kenya Power acting Managing Director Geoffrey Muli said on June 6.

He spoke at the inaugural exhibition forum that brought together Kenya Power, manufacturers and technology firms.

Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) data (2021) showed that Safaricom enjoys 37 percent of the fixed internet market with Zuku taking 29.2 percent.

The power distributor is also rolling out smart metres that will enable users to share tokens.