Safaricom is upgrading to a 400G network

Safaricom has just announced its plans to upgrade this backbone network, by using Huawei’s end to end 400G solution to meet the growing data consumption needs of its customers. This new plan will replace its existing 100G backbone, increasing the capacity of network traffic carried between Mombasa, Nairobi and Kisumu

“Today we use only 100G, meaning 100 gigabit per second (Gbps) per port of our routers in our data centers. Now with this new technology we are able to have a much denser and much higher capacity network with four-times that capacity per port through 400G,” Safaricom CTO Thibaud Rerolle.

Through the solution, Safaricom seeks to meet growing data needs due to the expansion of its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and enterprise fibre networks. The firm has also been experiencing a year-on-year doubling of mobile data usage on its network.

“It’s about long term investment into the capacity of the network. As people increase their use of digital products in their lifestyle. they need higher speeds and better latencies,” Rerolle said.