I seem to be a little behind the news lately so I only found out this morning that Orange Kenya, Kenya’s third GSM mobile network operator has launched, as has their web site at www.orange.co.ke – it is indeed world-class in terms of design and technology. However, on closer inspection, and looking at other Orange Country web sites globally, its apparent that the Orange Kenya web site is based on a global pre-defined template and content management platform. The only difference is that the content in the Orange Kenya web site is localized. Its also apparent that the site is not hosted in Kenya since its quite slow to download. This points to the fact that the site seems to be hosted at Orange Mauritius, which is 20 hops or so from my internet connection – that’s a very long path to take. However, the strange thing is that Telkom Kenya has more than adequate bandwidth and web site hosting infrastructure to host the web site in Kenya, unless perhaps they are unable to accommodate the Orange Kenya web site locally for some reason?
In any case, the Orange Kenya web site is well put together and really sets the bar for the other telecommunications companies in Kenya. Its easy to navigate and highly intutitive, I also really like the collapsable menu system which means that you don’t have wade through long content pages. The pricing information for their prepaid and postpaid packages is very easy to follow, as is the case for their handsets section. Another aspect to the site, which is common on many Orange web sites is that apart from corporate information, they also have content areas for general news, events, entertainment, etc making them far more interesting to visit than a typical corporate web site.