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Kenyan telecom operator Safaricom has said it will expand its fibre-optic cable network fourfold over the next three years

The company has decided to embark on the fibre-optic cable network expansion in an attempt to increase Internet services and speed in the East African country.

Safaricom said in a statement that it will boost the network from the current 600km to 2,400km for entering rural areas and increasing Internet penetration into the country.

Safaricom chief executive officer Bob Collymore said that the next set of investments was going to be around fibre because Safaricom had a major dependency on fiber.

He added, “An additional 800km fibre cable expansion is also on the cards.

“In the next three years, Safaricom will be working on extending the footprint by up to 500km per year,” Collymore said, adding that the first phase “will be implemented in Nairobi and will improve the firm’s data services by replacing old and damaged cables”.