Kenya plans ICT expansion

5 Jun 2007

The Kenyan government has announced plans to invest KES7.8 billion (USD116 million) to improve the country’s information and communication systems. The Minister for Public Service, Moses Akaranga, says the plan, which has been named Kenya Transparency and Communications Infrastructure, will create digital ‘villages’ in rural and urban centres. These will be linked via the national backbone to international networks such as the East Africa Submarine System (EASSy) undersea cable. Local newspaper The East African Standard quotes Akaranga, as saying: ‘The overall effect of the project would contribute to lowering the cost of broadband capacity and extension of geographic reach of broadband networks ahead of and after arrival of the submarine connectivity.’ The project will be undertaken by the Ministry of Information and Communication.