Government to spend KES390 billion to boost coverage

19 May 2004

The government of Kenya is to spend KES390 billion (USD5 billion) over the next ten years to improve access to telecommunications services in the country. The state hopes the initiative will increase teledensity from the current figure of 0.16% to 4% by 2015. According to the Transport and Communications Minister John Michuki, the plan also includes measures to expand internet connections to 483 post offices, which have electricity, by the end of next month. In the long-term internet access will be deployed to a total of 900 post offices across the country, once the remaining sites have been furnished with electrical power.