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Kenyan authority seeking to ease fibre burden

Nairobi, Kenya – According to Business Daily, the Kenyan government is hoping to convince the country’s local authorities to invest in fibre-optic cables in an effort to reduce the exorbitant cost of broadband in the country. Prices were widely expected to fall following the arrival of submarine cables, such as EASSY, TEAMS and SEACOM, but it has now emerged that prices are still prohibitively expensive due to the wayleave access fees charged by city councils to internet service providers (ISPs). Business Daily reports that some local authorities charge up to KES200,000 (USD2,186) in wayleave fees for a two-kilometre cable, and demand KES3,000 from operators who open manholes for maintenance. Elsewhere, building owners request as much as KES400,000 annually to allow fibre connectivity in their premises – a cost which is inevitably passed onto the consumer.

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