Home Fibre, The World Of Zero Buffering, Super-Fast Downloads And Uploads.
Internet connectivity is no longer a luxury but a critical working tool to navigate around especially with the new normal.
And thanks to Safaricom home fibre connectivity, what would have been unsurmountable years ago been a click away as the telecommunication giant moves to connect more homes across the country to quality, fixed and affordable broadband services.
Safaricom has embarked on a massive rollout of the service to remote areas that were erstwhile out of connectivity with Kisii and Kinoo joining the list. In Kisii, the rollout is meant to offer Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) high internet connectivity which is central in making them ‘Ready Businesses’.
What you need to know about Home fibre
Before Safaricom Fibre, most of the providers focused on affluent areas as the belief was that there wasn’t money to be made elsewhere.
Safaricom has proved this wrong by taking home fibre to customers across the country and across Nairobi. Since there was an insatiable need for homes to get connected across the country, Safaricom was willing to grow with its customers.
Since the demand remains high, the rollout and coverage continues with priority given to places with high mobile data usage and also where there’s a high concentration of homes for instance Kinoo and Ngong.
Home Fibre During COVID19
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country in March 2020, the education sector suffered the blunt. Access to online learning has never been critical as during the current pandemic with E-Learning becoming the norm.
Derrick Murimi a Home fibre beneficiary in Nairobi says “I transferred my office from CBD- Nairobi to my house in Kahawa. I mean, I now work from home and I cannot imagine setting another office in town like it was before the pandemic. My employees also work from home with the use of home fibre and work has never been easy like it is. Home fibre has unlimited bandwidth capabilities and offers the fastest high-speed data connectivity.”
While lauding the Safaricom home fibre, Murimi says the introduction of Fair Usage Policy to counter business use of Home Fibre has been a good deal.
Upon reaching the Fair Usage limit for the package, the speeds are slowed down significantly. That is, down to 1 Megabyte Per Second(Mbps) for Bronze plans and down to 3Mbps for Silver, Gold, and Diamond plans for the remainder of the validity period of the subscription.
Murimi adds that his work has been easy as he is able to contact his employees from the comfort of their homes.
What has been the challenge?
Home fibre comes with its fair share of challenges. There is a lot of construction that keeps damaging cables resulting in outages. There are also landlords who are hesitant to have their properties connected. It is so unfortunate that they do not understand internet is now a critical need for many homes, just like water and electricity. This then puts their tenants at a disadvantage as they can’t access home internet despite their willingness to do so.
Home fibre beneficiaries are urging Landlords to allow connectivity of fibre as the connectivity attracts more tenants.
By the end of the year 2020, more and more services had moved online, which has led to an increase in the consumption of data/internet. In addition, traffic growth has been fueled by more consumers viewing online content as a result of the rising number of smartphones as well as the availability of high-speed Internet in the country.
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