Govt sets end-June deadline for nationwide fibre connectivity scheme

10 Feb 2012

The Kenyan government intends to connect all 47 counties in the country to its ‘in-deployment’ fibre-optic cable by the end of June, Business Daily Africa reports. Although a total of 37 counties have been hooked up to the infrastructure to date, the government has reportedly formed a new committee – with members drawn from the Ministry of Information, the e-government Secretariat and the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) – to oversee the remainder of the initiative, and map out a connectivity plan for the unconnected regions. Previously, each of the state departments had been granted a separate budget to roll out infrastructure, leading to a slow rollout pace and a duplication of resources. Following the completion of the inter-county deployment, private sector telcos will be invited to provide last mile connectivity to end-users, using the broadband platform of their choice.

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