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.