24 April 2014

Kenya: Nairobi Extends CCTV and Fibre Cable Dates

COMMERCIAL and residential property owners in Nairobi will be allowed more time beyond the initial August deadline to install CCTV and fibre optic connection points, governor Evans Kidero said yesterday. He said all existing buildings in the capital will ultimately join upcoming ones in complying with new ICT requirements as passed by the county assembly in December.

The by-law requires prospective real estate investors to make provision for CCTV cameras and fibre optic cables as utility installation just like water and electricity before their building plans can be approved. The decision to extend the condition to existing buildings "within next six months was reached two months ago", Kidero said.

"This is a requirement that will be enforced," he said. "We might not meet the deadline of six months for old buildings but all new buildings going forward must have network terminations.This will reduce operation costs for businesses."

The county, he said, will for the next three years from next financial year in July allocate a quarter of its budget to ICT-related projects as it bid to make Nairobi a smart city. This will supplement the Sh1.39 billion ($16 million) concessional loan secured from the World Bank on March 28 for implementation of an Enterprise Resource Planning system.

He spoke after commissioning Telkom Kenya's Sh1.4 billion upgraded Multi-Services Access Nodes switch centre at the company's Milimani Exchange in the Upperhill area. CEO Mickael Ghossein said 500 buildings have been connected to the upgraded 25 regional fibre optic-based MSAN switches countrywide, with 200 more targeted this year in Nairobi.

"Our objective is to create smart buildings meaning ...you will have all ICT connectivity with internet, voice, TV and everything you need as an ICT solution," Ghossein said. The change to fibre optics from copper cables, he said, has improved uptime reliability to 99.5 per cent with reconnection time reduced to between six and eight hours from five days.

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