Access Gaps: What would it take? A proposal

Anyone could do it. The reason I would like to involve CA and GOK in this, is not so much a “permission” issue as it is fixing the bottleneck in this matter. (Maybe TESPOK in the list might shed light on this, I am meant to understand the “philanthropic gesture” by an operator to carry for TESPOK a 10G from Mombasa to Nairobi is coming to an end soon.

a) NOFBI is the primary driver for the success of this, it needs to be accessible and available affordably to the player (In this case KIXP). As things currently stand, Nofbi is offered at “commercial rates” as a product, not enabler. It is this “local loop” business that has ensured internet access countrywide is not uniformly priced. As an asset built by the Government in the public interest, The best use of this is via legislating HOW it is to be used, not leaving pricing to entities that are both competitors and consumers.

It is glaringly a conflict of interest.

b) I introduced KIXP into the mix as a potential interested party because it already has significant traction in the marketplace. It also has significant representation in the industry via TESPOK. Which makes it the more “objective” entity to execute this. Second reason I would propose GOK flattens that landscape is to allow multiple operators to run IXP’s. In fact one can even run an IXP on top of an existing IXP. So for instance I might have, on behalf of Wireless ISP’s an IXP “layer”, that plugs my own switch into a 10G port in Nairobi, and into another 10G port in Msa, and give smaller WISPS  10, 100 and 1G ports in a secondary layer 2 switch.

Regards,

Collins.

On 29 May 2018, 6:36 AM +0300, Ali Hussein <ali@hussein.me.ke>, wrote:
> Collins
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> Just curious. Is there a regulatory bottleneck that would need to be unlocked? Reason I’m asking is why do we need to wait for the govt to mandate anyone? Can’t KIXP get on with it? Do we really need ‘permission’ for this?
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> > On Mon, May 28, 2018 at 8:17 PM, Collins Areba via kictanet <kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
> > > @Ali & Others.
> > >
> > > What does it take to push and actualize this? My suggestion would actually follow a very simple approach:
> > >
> > > a) GOK, through CA mandates KIXP and other exchanges to provide countrywide service with presence at each of the 47 County headquarters as initial POPs.
> > >
> > > b) Tier 1’s bid to operate and maintain redundant dark fibers to serve these IXPs, so that those IXP’s have multiple backhauls via multiple vendors.
> > >
> > > c) IXP’s run an open access platform, offering standardized “Port charges” for 1G, 10G, 100G….. at each of these pops.
> > >
> > > d) Tier 2 and ASP’s then pick this traffic from any of these points.
> > >
> > > Immediate benefits:
> > >
> > > a) IP transit in Kilifi @400 bob a meg. 🙂 Instead of current IP transit at EADC at 400 plus local loop at KES 5000. Packets cost eleven times more from Nairobi to Kilifi than they cost from Nairobi to Guangzhou. That cartel needs to die for affordable access to be realised.
> > >
> > > b) Tier 3’s will have room to actually grow and become Tier 2 and Tier 1.
> > >
> > > c) Players will be forced to innovate to remain relevant, resulting in better Value for money.
> > >
> > > d) Fibers will be utilised way more efficiently. Fewer fibers also means less downtime. e.g a single fiber
> > >
> > > On 28 May 2018, 4:14 PM +0300, I.kasyoki— via kictanet <kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke>, wrote:
> > > > Eagerly following on this as well.
> > > >
> > > > This will definitely be a game changer in regards to service penetration to marginalised areas.
> > > >
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> > > > —- On Mon, 28 May 2018 11:52:57 +0300 kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke wrote —-
> > > >
> > > > > I Second Collins on this approach.
> > > > > Considering NOFBI is state funded (unless am wrong) so it’s the Kenyan taxes funding it and that KIXP via Tespok be given the mandate to offer ports at fixed rates accessible anywhere the NOFBI fiber terminates.
> > > > >
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> > > > > On Mon, May 28, 2018 at 11:42 AM, Collins Areba via kictanet <kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
> > > > > > Hi all,
> > > > > > I have a rather interesting suggestion to the powers, power brokers and brokers that be. This is with regard to flattening the access environment countrywide. If you are at CA: Indulge me for a moment.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > 1) KIXP has proven over time that it is possible, from a technical standpoint to significantly drive traffic locally and in an organized manner. This works well where there is an XP, in the current scheme of things: Nairobi, and if TKL doesnt pull the plug, Msa.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > 2) If KIXP were operated like a distributed network, with switches in Kilifi, Mombasa, Garsen, Garissa, Thika, and all major towns in the country, so that providers would visit the nearest exchange point and get a port, loop charges would all but disappear.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > 3) All thats needed is for GOK to give KIXP a dark fiber pair into all major towns, and in exchange, for KIXP to offer 1G, 10G, 100G, etc at subsidized rates in any of these towns, and for NOFBI hosts to be “strongly asked” not to strong arm entrants by levying crazy cross connect or other barriers to entry.
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