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Effect of optical Fiber on base Transceiver Station Connectivity: The Case of Safaricom in Kenya

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- Enablers
- Challenges

- Internet for Democracy

Author(s): Mutebu, Herman Joseph

This study sought to find out the impact of installing and thereafter use of optical fiber for Base Transceiver Station (BTS) connectivity locally by mobile phone service providers specifically the case of Safaricom. The objectives of the study are as follows, to establish the effect of using Optical fiber for BTS network connectivity on network availability and examine the current strategies to mitigate against optical fiber cuts and vandalism, to establish the effect of Optical fiber on network congestion and network degradation on the network, examine the current strategies to mitigate against network congestion and network degradation. To establish the effect of the cost of installation of Optical fiber infrastructure on profitability and the returns on this investment(ROI) This study is significant because the use of optical fibre for BTS connectivity by Safaricom is a pre-requisite for introduction of new products and services such as Video streaming, Cloud computing, M-Banking, internet connectivity and social media services amongst others which cannot be cost effectively ,efficiently and profitably provided if only the traditional legacy BTS connectivity technologies are used.


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East Africa,

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