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MTN to invest $9.2m in metro fibre in Kenya

shutterstock_150239324-600x400The Kenyan urban centres of Kisumu, Eldoret and Nakuru are set to be beneficiaries of a KSh800 million (US$9.2 million) metro fibre network from pan-African operator MTN.

According to Tom Omariba, MTN Business Kenya managing director (MD), the new technology will help the company extend coverage of Virtual Private Networks (VPN) in African countries to uncovered areas in Europe, Asia and North America.

The Global VPN service offers clients a layer-3 service – MPLS, IP, and VPN – that can prioritise customer traffic on an application-by-application basis.

Omariba announced this during the launch of the MTN VPN, MPLS or MTN Global Multiprotocol Label Switching, Virtual Private Network which will enable MTN Business to have easier communications with employees and branches all over the world.

This new technology means that MTN Business’ enterprise customers with global operations will now be able to communicate with their branches and employees worldwide. We also anticipate that the service will become an important conduit to enhancing the role of enterprises in the growth of key economies on the continent and shall make our enterprise customers’ lives a whole lot brighter, he said.


The Global MPLS will target 32 countries, among them Angola, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Chad, Senegal, Egypt, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

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