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Safaricom is angling to own the last mile, seriously!

In the news today, Safaricom has once again aquired another WIMAX network operator, Packet Stream Data Networks, subject to Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) approval. This follows their now controversial acquisition of WIMAX network operator One Communications last year which was highly over-valued at the time. Finally, only last month, Safaricom entered into strategic partnership with Jamii Telecom to use their multifaceted network infrastructure to deliver Internet and Data services throughout Kenya. The writing’s on the wall – its not just about connectivity to the high speed undersea cables – its more importantly about the last mile to customers. In buying or leasing lots of last mile network infrastructure, Safaricom is poised to become the most ubiquitous Internet services provider throughout Kenya, in rural and urban markets.

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3 Comments

  1. Amos
    August 13, 2009 at 12:21 pm — Reply

    Well thats called big business doing what they are best at….. Domination

  2. murithi
    August 13, 2009 at 12:36 pm — Reply

    looks like wimax could be a significant hive of broadband wars soon.
    zuku really need to up their game. this should rouse them.

  3. Justin
    August 14, 2009 at 12:36 am — Reply

    True, true! Now they need to come up with an unlimited data plan, since most of their products are ridiculously expensive for anyone who uses internet extensively.

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