The Kenya Network Information Centre (Kenic) has partnered with East Africa Data Centre (EADC) in efforts to increase uptime of its service delivery.
Through the contract, .ke country code registry servers will be hosted by EADC in a shift that targets 100 percent uptime for domain owners.
The entity established through the facilitation of the Communications Authority of Kenya is also looking to grow its client base has a plan to grow its client base by increasing the ke. usage whose campaign began in 2015.
Today, Kenic has over 52,000 domain registrations from 32,000 registered beginning of 2015. According to Kenic CEO Abdalla Omari, the organization will now focus on important operations as a facilitator.
“Previously Internet connectivity and dependence on generators during power outages were some of the challenges affecting KeNIC’s operations. These problems will now be a thing of the past as a result of collocating our servers to EADC,”
To encourage more registrations, the organization recently came up with a cheap retail price of the dot ke domain. Kenic therefore dropped domain prices to sh 1000 from Sh 3000 that pushed most domain owners to use .com, .net and .info
According to Communications Authority statistics, Kenic had managed to sell only 47,704 .ke names as at September. On the other hand, South Africans seem to support their own since the South Africa’s .za leads African countries with more than a million users.
Now, the organization has a mission to get more than one million .ke domain users by moving its servers to the secure East Africa Data Centre.
The East Africa Data Centre offers hosting services for both African and international companies and it’s located at Sameer Industrial Park, Nairobi.
Opened in 2013, the data centre has established itself and provides access to carrier networks across Kenya and fibre routes in East Africa.
EADC also links all local carriers including Liquid Telecom Kenya’s network service. “Kenic can now focus on its core business. It should not be investing more on cooling, power and security just to host its servers. Let Kenic focus on registering domains,” said EADC general manager Dan Kwach.