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KDN launches low cost BOX Broadband Internet for Kenya’s SoHo Market.

Kenya Data Network (KDN) has this week launched a new low cost and unlimited broadband internet service for Kenya’s small office home office (SoHo) market to be known as Butterfly Optic Xpress or “BOX” for short. The service has been aggressively priced lower than any other comparable product in the marketplace including  Zuku which until BOX had the lowest price for unlimited broadband internet in the country.

The BOX service uses fibre optic connections that KDN has already deployed in over 400 buildings thus far. However, if one does not (yet) have fibre optic connectivity, KDN can use wireless connectivity such as Wimax instead. In order to get connected to BOX, a refundable deposit of Kes. 15,000.00 is required although there are no equipment or set-up charges (the deposit is forfeited if a subscriber discontinues the service in under 2 years). KDN has also thrown in a free VOIP line on their Izzytalk offering for all BOX subscribers. The bundles for BOX and their rates are as follows:

Monthly BOX Rates

  • 256Kbps: Kes.999.00
  • 512Kbps:  Kes.1,999.00
  • 1Mbps:  Kes.3,999.00
  • 2Mbps:  Kes.5,999.00
  • 5Mbps:  Kes.7,999.00

More information on BOX and how to get connected can be found at the KDN web site at http://www.kdn.co.ke

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44 Comments

  1. February 10, 2010 at 2:13 am — Reply

    This is good although i find the forfeiting of the 15K being harsh coz the market might have another zuku to offer in a few months time.

  2. Shawn
    February 11, 2010 at 11:18 am — Reply

    Does anyone know what the respective upload speeds are, and if the service is shared or fixed bandwidth?

    kempes: I agree that the 15K is harsh, but if it is fixed bandwidth that works throughout business hours, that would be a big jump over Zuku and way better than AccessKenya. If KDN were willing to add bandwitdh to each service over the two years, it would at least ensure that they’ll remain competitive.

  3. boaz
    February 16, 2010 at 11:11 am — Reply

    some guy who claimed to be from KDN (a sales rep or something) come up to my cyber en claimed that i could get ‘free’ connection for the shared type of connection if i signed a 24-month long contract, is this true? he never mentioned the deposit en only said that premature cancelation of contruct will lead to confiscation of equipment and no further charges

  4. pato
    February 18, 2010 at 9:57 am — Reply

    why dont you try the safaricom cyber cafe offer. it has free installation and equipment. the contract is only one year and the deposit is 5k only

  5. Ham
    March 12, 2010 at 4:00 pm — Reply

    Shared bandwidth is just not good enough. Safaricom 3G is very slow these days. I wonder when and where we can get true broadband with dedicated speeds for home/office at resonable prices, after all the hype of fibre.

  6. harryS
    March 19, 2010 at 9:57 am — Reply

    15K is just sooooooo much to sub for, esp. for an individual who goes for 256kbps. for 1 computre.
    And the limitations is that,you wont be sure that the wimaxx will still connect to ur comp. if u go to rural places…

  7. pedro
    March 23, 2010 at 3:53 pm — Reply

    Is the BOX a shared connection? i was given a deal by KDN of 512/512 kbps at 15k deposit and 14.5k monthly for a cyber. what is all this difference about and after all they were to connect me on a wimax?

    • March 24, 2010 at 12:12 am — Reply

      Please check this out with KDN directly as I do not have the specifics in this respect.

    • October 26, 2010 at 1:22 pm — Reply

      the 1 you pay 15k per month is a dedicated link and the speeds are fixed at 512 if you pay for the BOX offer you get much faster speeds on a shared link which im sure you will enjoy for business. im using BOX n im lovin it

      • John
        September 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm — Reply

        I wonder whether this will work in rural areas like Kinangop. Please let me know.

  8. martin momanyi
    April 6, 2010 at 3:10 pm — Reply

    Thanks for your good service of this BOX
    currently I have cybercafe at awendo town in nyanza province and I could like to have and use your service, please I would like to know that is it possible and can it work at awendo town because currently it is at migori kenya.

    I have personally tried safaricom and intersart africa but they are no fine as yours.

    what I am i needed to do or what are the requirements and their respectful costs?

  9. marc
    April 23, 2010 at 9:23 am — Reply

    is BOX a real box or just a branding ?

    • January 4, 2011 at 11:08 am — Reply

      i want more information about your bandwidth packages for my premises

    • March 24, 2011 at 9:30 am — Reply

      no way bro,but still wea u r matters,contact kdn engineers to carry out survey

  10. April 28, 2010 at 10:15 am — Reply

    IS it ok to connect a 512kbps to 8 pcs

    • October 26, 2010 at 1:24 pm — Reply

      its fine but it all depends on how fast do you need your internet connection among the comps

  11. Isaac
    May 17, 2010 at 10:06 am — Reply

    15k is just too much, at the end of the day I am better giving the money to Zuku (3k for instillation), but all in all KDN offers an excellent product esp at my work place. I wish their butterfly network was more reliable. In some cases the signal is very good but there is no connectivity.

  12. kimani
    June 15, 2010 at 10:03 am — Reply

    i would like to know about your product since i’m about to open my cyber very soon in nakuru.

    • Noah Ogori
      June 17, 2010 at 10:55 am — Reply

      Kimani – I shall offer 1mbps Link in Nakuru at 15,000 +VAT. Equipment cost is 8,120/- VAT Incl.

      • nelson
        July 2, 2010 at 4:07 am — Reply

        Do you offer links in Juja? how much is a 512k link? which providers do you use

      • October 26, 2010 at 1:25 pm — Reply

        what equipment are you using?

  13. Ssamu
    July 30, 2010 at 11:40 am — Reply

    may I ask? If you pay for 2 yrs Yu get your 15k back?

  14. Simon Kiteme
    September 18, 2010 at 10:00 am — Reply

    thanks for the information on the box.let me know wether i can get the connection in kitui.

  15. October 19, 2010 at 7:20 am — Reply

    I would like to know the right bandwidth that can withstand 10 pcs, please i need the best offer

    • October 26, 2010 at 1:27 pm — Reply

      for a cyber cafe go for 1mbps and you will be asured tht none of your customers will complain

  16. PATO
    December 4, 2010 at 6:44 pm — Reply

    kdn you need to invest on 3g or provide modems like those of safaricom and zain thus guys can access you network any where, with wimax its possible, so think about it

  17. December 5, 2010 at 4:54 am — Reply

    I am in Kenya.
    Want to connect my laptop to the wireless Internet.
    Tell me the requirements in terms of price, gadgets required and place to acquire them.
    Need this urgently within less than a week.
    Hope to hear from you again.
    Steve

  18. james kingara
    December 18, 2010 at 4:43 am — Reply

    is box available in muchatha kiambu

  19. mungami
    May 5, 2011 at 12:23 pm — Reply

    got acyber in rongai , maasai lodge road 7 comps, been using wireless orange but it now pathetic, any advice or good isp provider suited for this side coz would like to change? !!!!!!!!!!! help

  20. Kariuki
    May 28, 2011 at 5:20 am — Reply

    For office or cyber, if you can get th KDN Box, its amazing… Yes, its shared, but would you rather walk alone down you garden path, or be on a multilane highway with a few fellows?

  21. July 2, 2011 at 6:57 am — Reply

    Wanted to know is you are assigned a bandwidth of 1mbps for 10pcs, is there a way the ISP provider reduce the band without your knowledge. Based on the speed test can you be able to calculate the bandwidth. Nakuru

  22. aleki
    July 4, 2011 at 1:36 pm — Reply

    i need a better internet than the one i have.(ie orange)i have a cyber cafe in Nairobi.

  23. July 11, 2011 at 5:45 am — Reply

    Please i need a reply

  24. Kennedy Gatambia
    July 27, 2011 at 12:42 am — Reply

    The sad news is that KDN is no longer in residential Internet.If you follow the previous given link for BOX you will not find it on their website.The product list on their website has only products for corporates.

    KDN also seem to be having domez with their dealers who are offering residential internet.Connection speeds are at their worst,no page with media can open without buffering.

    The honeymoon is truly over for KDN customers who are now busy looking for another ISP.Truly sad for a company that boasted of being the fastest and cheapest ISP in Kenya.

  25. John
    September 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm — Reply

    I wonder whether this will work in rural areas like Kinangop. KDN Please let me know.

  26. paul
    November 1, 2011 at 1:59 pm — Reply

    Wow! Amazing rates there…and to think that everything was going high on pricing.

  27. […] too high for one week of 128kbps  speeds. If you are a permanent home user, go for KDN’s SoHo where 256kbps goes for KES 999 a […]

  28. Eric Chu
    August 5, 2013 at 12:26 am — Reply

    May I please know who the distributor is of these products in Nakuru?
    I cannot find any contact details for distributors of products in Nakuru on the KDN website.

  29. Dickson Oigara
    April 19, 2014 at 8:17 am — Reply

    I want to open a cyber in Mazeras (between mombasa and Mariakani) with eight computers, will the butterfly box work better? please advise the best for such with respective rates. you can feedback me via my email address

    • May 18, 2014 at 8:32 am — Reply

      @dickson please check with the likes of Safaricom, Orange and Airtel for options directly. I think anyone of these could be ideal for your needs.

  30. December 30, 2014 at 8:39 pm — Reply

    Sir do you have any links to any real KDN staff or company no for the connections or any other assistance on shared or dedicated networks offers

  31. January 25, 2015 at 5:33 am — Reply

    can i get the box inkhayega kakamega, urgent please

  32. Amoche Nicholas
    August 19, 2015 at 5:47 pm — Reply

    Am a student at South Eastern University requesting to get internet connection in my house at mlutu near Kitui town and at what prices

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