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More Africa NewsKenya: government deploys 630 km of fiber optic in northern Rift Valley

October 27, 2020by myles0
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Thanks to funding of nearly $ 28 million, provided by the government and the World Bank, the north of Kenya’s Rift Valley province will soon be covered by broadband. 630 km of optical fiber are being deployed there, under the supervision of the ICT Authority.

The government of Kenya last week launched the deployment of 630 km of fiber optic in the northern region of Rift Valley Province, under the supervision of the Information and Communication Technology Authority. The high-speed telecom network, once completed, will benefit the counties of Turkana, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, Kakamega. It will strengthen the existing, recently rehabilitated optical fiber network between the towns of Eldoret and Nadapal.

Katherine Getao, CEO of the ICT Authority, said that the telecoms infrastructure being deployed will connect various public and social institutions, including hospitals, administrations and schools. Part of its capacity will be leased to telecommunications operators whose funds will be used for its maintenance.

According to Josephat Nanok, the governor of Turkana County, “  Cities like Eldoret, Kitale, Lodwar, Kakuma, Lokichar and Lokichoggio will benefit greatly from the new high-speed fiber cable, in line with the long-term plans of the Ministry of ICT to transform the life through smart ICT infrastructure, which bridges the digital divide and brings prosperity to the most remote parts of Kenya  ”.

The construction of this cable is jointly financed by the Government of Kenya and the World Bank with 3 billion Kenyan shillings (27.5 million USD). It will help promote cross-border trade with South Sudan.

Source: Agence Ecofin

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