Internet service provider AccessKenya has appointed Betty Mudhune as the group chief operating officer (COO) in an ongoing reorganisation of the company following its buyout by South Africa’s Dimension Data and subsequent de-listing from the NSE.
AccessKenya is in the process of merging its operations with Internet Solution, a subsidiary of Dimension Data that offers IT services.
AccessKenya created a new position of deputy CEO in March that is currently held by Chris Senanu (above), who also doubles up as the managing director for Internet.
Ms Mudhune, who has over 15 years experience in the telecommunications sector, held a similar position at Internet Solution. AccessKenya did not have the COO position before.
“Previously we did not see the need for such a position, however with the acquisition and the ongoing interaction with Internet Solution, the product portfolios have grown that demand someone to be in charge,” said Mr Senanu.
AccessKenya’s merger with Internet Solution will offer it a wider pool of IT experts and widen products offerings such as cloud computing, outsourced IT infrastructure and software.
“The impact of this is that AccessKenya enterprise division was swallowed up and we now have the Internet Solution managed services,” added Mr Senanu.
In August 2013, AccessKenya was acquired by Dimension Data for Sh3.052 billion. The Sh501 billion South African firm is a global solutions and Internet services provider.
At the time, Dimension Data said that the acquisition of AccessKenya was in line with Dimension Data’s goal to pursue a strategy of expansion in sub-Saharan Africa. Mr Senanu said in the interview AccessKenya will now have a presence in Uganda and Rwanda through the Internet Solution brand in a Sh96 million expansion programme.
The Uganda office’s launch is set for October while that of Rwanda has been earmarked for April next year. Other than the two countries, Mr Senanu said the firm has plans to expand to Burundi, Ethiopia and Tanzania in the coming years.
In Kenya, AccessKenya intends to grow its business by investing more on fibre optic mainly for commercial, saying that it will not focus on the mass market or residential as it is capital intensive and time demanding.
The network rollout includes wireless service expansion throughout the country which is expected to bring 15 new counties onto AccessKenya’s wireless, metro and national fibre infrastructure this year.