[kictanet] Most data wireless technologies ( except 3G ) to become obsolete when kenya gets undersea fiber?

aki aki275 at googlemail.com
Thu May 29 20:53:48 EAT 2008

Firstly, a definate congratulations to safarciom for the bold 3G step
forward and the vision of the future. Well done!

And to the visionaries in cable operator companies such as KDN, JTL, TKL,
 you have set the destiny for kenya. Your planning for the future is on

Now onto the issue about all wireless technologies becoming obsolete with
the arrival of the undersea fiber. I believe these technologies will become
a hinderance to internet growth in plenty parts of the country. End
users may need to be more informed about the ROI on these technologies as
the date for the undersea fiber nears :

I list my points below :

1) For household broadband adsl services, can the technologies deliver
8Mbit/2Mbit services?
2) For business adsl and broadband services, can the technologies deliver
10-100Mbit services?
3) Do the base stations have the capacities to sustain large gigabit
4) Are all the base stations inter-connected via fiber?
5) Those base stations that have microwave inter-connections, are there any
planned upgrades to gigabit and above?
6) To keep continuation of the wireless business, will the providers
become bottlenecks to end users?
7) Will cheaper backbone rates become expensive due to local loop costs?

I think the future of internet distribution will revert to fiber to dslams'
and copper to end users in the early stages with wireless as
redundancy. Does the regulator have measures in place to discourage service
providers from becoming hinderances? To encourage takeup of capacity,
discourage backward trends due to older technologies and accelerate internet
infrastructure growth, what would be the short terms and longer term
policies ?

Your comments/corrections are welcome.

Thank you.

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