Liquid And KETRACO Sign Deal To Build Fiber Network In Kenya & EA


18 October 2017 - Liquid Telecom Kenya; part of leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom; today inked a 10 year partnership deal, with Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (KETRACO).


“This new backbone fiber cable will significantly expand our network and add resilience to our internet connectivity with a limitless capacity to carry any amounts of data bandwidth. We will invest in high-capacity equipment at the terminating points to ensure we achieve the largest data capacity possible and serve the region with the fastest and most stable internet ever achieved in East Africa,”

- George Kuria, Liquid Telecom’s Infrastructure Build & Deployment General Manager (East Africa)


The partnership will mandate Liquid Telecom, with the operation of KETRACO’s Optical Ground Wire (OPGW) fiber cable and the expansion of the internet network, across East Africa.

The move is as a result of the successful application by KETRACO, for a Network Facility Provider Tier 2 (NFPT2) license, from CA (Communication Authority of Kenya) in 2014. Since then, KETRACO has been making preparations that have collectively resulted in the 10 year deal, with Liquid Telecom Kenya.

Liquid Telecom will begin by upgrading fiber connections in Kenyan areas, already connected to the national grid, before proceeding to extend the fiber connection to remote areas of Kenya and neighboring countries like Ethiopia, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Eastern Congo and Burundi.

Liquid Telecom Kenya is committed to partnerships across every sector to advance our mission of ensuring we meet the rising demand for high-quality internet in Kenya and the region

- Adil Youssefi, Liquid Telecom Kenya’s Chief Executive Officer.

The two behemoths partnership, will begin with the upgrading, of the fiber connections to Kenyan areas, already connected to the national grid. These areas include: Garissa, Isiolo, Garsen, Lamu, Rabai, Namanga, Meru, Machakos, Makueni, Wote, Sultan Hamud, Mwingi, Konza, Kitale, Eldoret, Kisii and Kisumu.

KETRACO currently runs a 1,791.5km electricity transmission network, within Kenya and by 2020, the company is expected to have completed construction, of over 8,000km of high voltage transmission lines, with concurrent fiber connectivity.

Liquid Telecom is expected to commercialize KETRACO's fiber, long haulage business to meet the rising demand for high-bandwidth, video and internet services for businesses and individual consumers alike, across the country and the East African region.


“Liquid Telecom Kenya is committed to partnerships across every sector to advance our mission of ensuring we meet the rising demand for high-quality internet in Kenya and the region,”

- Adil Youssefi, Liquid Telecom Kenya’s Chief Executive Officer.


KETRACO  will also continue using, 2% of its own fiber backbone, for its communication: (information gathering, meter readings, equipment status e.t.c) as Liquid Telecom installs connectivity equipment, in all the power terminating points along KETRACO’s network, to complement the Internet Service Provider’s (ISP) own underground cable network, running from Mombasa to Nairobi.