Chinese Firm to Build Communication Solution for Kenya's Railway

Nairobi — Chinese telecommunication giant Huawei said Thursday it has won a major railway contract to build a train-to-ground communications solution fully integrated with train signal systems for Kenya's Mombasa-Nairobi railway line.

In a statement received in Nairobi, Huawei said it will provide the GSM-R dispatching communications network as well as backbone optical transmission network, clock and synchronization system, and power and environment monitoring system to the region.

After completion, the Mombasa-Nairobi railway line's GSM-R network will carry multiple communications tasks, including mission-critical train dispatch, emergency communications, section maintenance communications, and transmission of train control data along the entire line, the statement said.

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Huawei targets low and middle income earners with new devices

Mobile technology company Huawei has introduced three mid-level smart phones targeting low and middle-income earners, just a month after it launched its flagship device, Mate 8 targeting professionals.

During the launch Huawei Devices Kenya Country Manager Mark Hemaobin, said the company is keen on capturing all market segments by introducing devices that target low, middle and high-end customers in line with the changing consumer preferences.

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Safaricom to manage Kenya Power's fibre-optic network

Kenya Power is angling to connect 12,000 homes in Nairobi to the Internet through its fibre-optic network in a 12-month pilot stage that has already kicked off.

The firm has identified Safaricom as its partner in the project, and through its subsidiary Kenya Power International, the three signed a memorandum of understanding ushering in the project.

While Safaricom will invest in the fibre business and recover its investment through a lease agreement that is yet to be signed, Kenya Power will provide its vast infrastructure covering 4,000km in length of fibre-optic cable.

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Akiira project plans drilling start for two additional wells for June 2016

Reported today from Kenya, Akiira Geothermal Ltd, a consortium developing a geothermal power project in Naivasha, Kenya, is planning to invest an additional Sh1.4 billion ($14 million) for the drilling of two additional wells for its 70 MW project.

Drilling of two more wells will start in June in Akiira Valley in Naivasha, The project last month received a Sh138 million grant from the African Union Commission.

Exploration drilling of the first well will start early June to be possibly followed by a second one at a total cost of $14 million (Sh1.4 billion), said Robert Bunyi, the outgoing chief executive of Akiira.

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