KDN launches low cost BOX Broadband Internet for Kenya’s SoHo Market.
Kenya Data Network (KDN) has this week launched a new low cost and unlimited broadband internet service for Kenya’s small office home office (SoHo) market to be known as Butterfly Optic Xpress or “BOX” for short. The service has been aggressively priced lower than any other comparable product in the marketplace includingÂ Zuku which until BOX had the lowest price for unlimited broadband internet in the country.
The BOX service uses fibre optic connections that KDN has already deployed in over 400 buildings thus far. However, if one does not (yet) have fibre optic connectivity, KDN can use wireless connectivity such as Wimax instead. In order to get connected to BOX, a refundable deposit of Kes. 15,000.00 is required although there are no equipment or set-up charges (the deposit is forfeited if a subscriber discontinues the service in under 2 years). KDN has also thrown in a free VOIP line on their Izzytalk offering for all BOX subscribers. The bundles for BOX and their rates are as follows:
Monthly BOX Rates
- 256Kbps: Kes.999.00
- 512Kbps:Â Kes.1,999.00
- 1Mbps:Â Kes.3,999.00
- 2Mbps:Â Kes.5,999.00
- 5Mbps:Â Kes.7,999.00
More information on BOX and how to get connected can be found at the KDN web site at http://www.kdn.co.ke
This is good although i find the forfeiting of the 15K being harsh coz the market might have another zuku to offer in a few months time.
Does anyone know what the respective upload speeds are, and if the service is shared or fixed bandwidth?
kempes: I agree that the 15K is harsh, but if it is fixed bandwidth that works throughout business hours, that would be a big jump over Zuku and way better than AccessKenya. If KDN were willing to add bandwitdh to each service over the two years, it would at least ensure that they’ll remain competitive.
some guy who claimed to be from KDN (a sales rep or something) come up to my cyber en claimed that i could get ‘free’ connection for the shared type of connection if i signed a 24-month long contract, is this true? he never mentioned the deposit en only said that premature cancelation of contruct will lead to confiscation of equipment and no further charges
why dont you try the safaricom cyber cafe offer. it has free installation and equipment. the contract is only one year and the deposit is 5k only
Shared bandwidth is just not good enough. Safaricom 3G is very slow these days. I wonder when and where we can get true broadband with dedicated speeds for home/office at resonable prices, after all the hype of fibre.
15K is just sooooooo much to sub for, esp. for an individual who goes for 256kbps. for 1 computre.
And the limitations is that,you wont be sure that the wimaxx will still connect to ur comp. if u go to rural places…
Is the BOX a shared connection? i was given a deal by KDN of 512/512 kbps at 15k deposit and 14.5k monthly for a cyber. what is all this difference about and after all they were to connect me on a wimax?
Please check this out with KDN directly as I do not have the specifics in this respect.
the 1 you pay 15k per month is a dedicated link and the speeds are fixed at 512 if you pay for the BOX offer you get much faster speeds on a shared link which im sure you will enjoy for business. im using BOX n im lovin it
I wonder whether this will work in rural areas like Kinangop. Please let me know.
Thanks for your good service of this BOX
currently I have cybercafe at awendo town in nyanza province and I could like to have and use your service, please I would like to know that is it possible and can it work at awendo town because currently it is at migori kenya.
I have personally tried safaricom and intersart africa but they are no fine as yours.
what I am i needed to do or what are the requirements and their respectful costs?
is BOX a real box or just a branding ?
i want more information about your bandwidth packages for my premises
no way bro,but still wea u r matters,contact kdn engineers to carry out survey
IS it ok to connect a 512kbps to 8 pcs
its fine but it all depends on how fast do you need your internet connection among the comps
15k is just too much, at the end of the day I am better giving the money to Zuku (3k for instillation), but all in all KDN offers an excellent product esp at my work place. I wish their butterfly network was more reliable. In some cases the signal is very good but there is no connectivity.
i would like to know about your product since i’m about to open my cyber very soon in nakuru.
Kimani – I shall offer 1mbps Link in Nakuru at 15,000 +VAT. Equipment cost is 8,120/- VAT Incl.
Do you offer links in Juja? how much is a 512k link? which providers do you use
what equipment are you using?
may I ask? If you pay for 2 yrs Yu get your 15k back?
Better check that up with KDN.
thanks for the information on the box.let me know wether i can get the connection in kitui.
I would like to know the right bandwidth that can withstand 10 pcs, please i need the best offer
for a cyber cafe go for 1mbps and you will be asured tht none of your customers will complain
kdn you need to invest on 3g or provide modems like those of safaricom and zain thus guys can access you network any where, with wimax its possible, so think about it
I am in Kenya.
Want to connect my laptop to the wireless Internet.
Tell me the requirements in terms of price, gadgets required and place to acquire them.
Need this urgently within less than a week.
Hope to hear from you again.
is box available in muchatha kiambu
got acyber in rongai , maasai lodge road 7 comps, been using wireless orange but it now pathetic, any advice or good isp provider suited for this side coz would like to change? !!!!!!!!!!! help
For office or cyber, if you can get th KDN Box, its amazing… Yes, its shared, but would you rather walk alone down you garden path, or be on a multilane highway with a few fellows?
Wanted to know is you are assigned a bandwidth of 1mbps for 10pcs, is there a way the ISP provider reduce the band without your knowledge. Based on the speed test can you be able to calculate the bandwidth. Nakuru
i need a better internet than the one i have.(ie orange)i have a cyber cafe in Nairobi.
Please i need a reply
The sad news is that KDN is no longer in residential Internet.If you follow the previous given link for BOX you will not find it on their website.The product list on their website has only products for corporates.
KDN also seem to be having domez with their dealers who are offering residential internet.Connection speeds are at their worst,no page with media can open without buffering.
The honeymoon is truly over for KDN customers who are now busy looking for another ISP.Truly sad for a company that boasted of being the fastest and cheapest ISP in Kenya.
I wonder whether this will work in rural areas like Kinangop. KDN Please let me know.
Wow! Amazing rates there…and to think that everything was going high on pricing.
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May I please know who the distributor is of these products in Nakuru?
I cannot find any contact details for distributors of products in Nakuru on the KDN website.
I want to open a cyber in Mazeras (between mombasa and Mariakani) with eight computers, will the butterfly box work better? please advise the best for such with respective rates. you can feedback me via my email address
@dickson please check with the likes of Safaricom, Orange and Airtel for options directly. I think anyone of these could be ideal for your needs.
Sir do you have any links to any real KDN staff or company no for the connections or any other assistance on shared or dedicated networks offers
can i get the box inkhayega kakamega, urgent please
Am a student at South Eastern University requesting to get internet connection in my house at mlutu near Kitui town and at what prices