The company on Wednesday unveiled its fibre-to-the-homes connection in Karen where it is targeting more 6,000 homes and small and medium enterprises in the area.
Jamii Telecom is offering unlimited Internet bandwidth connectivity of 10 megabyte per second at Sh10,000 a month, translating to Sh1,000 a megabyte compared to Telkom Kenya, which has connected Muthaiga area at Sh2,999 for two megabytes translating to Sh1.499 a megabyte. AccessKenya, on the other hand, offers 1.3 megabytes for Sh9,000 a month.
Internet Service Providers such as AccessKenya, Wananchi Group and MTN Business, which mainly provided Internet services to corporate clients now have to compete with the mobile telephone firms, which have entered this segment, forcing them to look for new markets such as home Internet.
Mr Joshua Chepkwony, the chairman Jamii Telecom, said the firm is focusing on high-end neighbourhoods such as Karen, Lavington and Kileleshwa due to the high purchasing power and growing appetite for Internet use.
“Despite the various inland metro fibre connections we have in the city, most home users are yet to fully take advantage of them, and this is the experience we want to change,” said Mr Chepkwony.
At the moment most home users access the Internet through wireless connections using various technologies such as the WiMax , 3G, EDGE or GPRS on mobile phones.
However, compared to direct fibre-to-home connections, these technologies limit the users’ ability to perform tasks that require high Internet bandwidth capacity.
The access of high Internet bandwidth allows consumers, especially those running small offices at home to access services such as video conferencing or streaming.
Statistics from the industry regulator, Communications Commission of Kenya indicates that most consumers access the Internet through their handsets .
“The mobile data/Internet subscription through GPRS, EDGE and 3G continue to be the most popular mode of accessing Internet accounting for 98 per cent,” reads part of CCK quarter four sector report.
Apart from Telkom Kenya and Safaricom, the other two mobile operators Airtel and Essar’s yu are yet to announce their intentions to connect homes using fibre. Safaricom has connected 2,000 homes in Kilimani area through a partnership with Jamii Telecom Ltd while Telkom Kenya has intends to connect Muthaiga.
The decision by Jamii Telcom to go it alone in the home Internet in Karen means that should Safaricom, which plans build its own metro and trunk fibre, decide to launch in this area it will have to compete with its long-time partner.