Government to partner with private sector players to complete laying fibre cable

The Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology will engage the private sector in the completion of the laying down of the National Optic Fibre Backbone Infrastructure (NOFBI), to enhance universal access ICTs countrywide, Cabinet Secretary Mr. Joe Mucheru has said.

Mucheru said the completion of the project will make internet services more reliable, besides enabling citizens to access government services online with ease.

“The Government is committed to increasing internet penetration in the country so as to stimulate innovation among youths and improve public service delivery”, said Mucheru when made a familiarization tour of the ICT Authority on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, ICT and Innovation Principal Secretary, Mr. Victor Kyalo appealed to local Telephone service providers to lower their cable connection rates to fast track the completion of the NOFBI project.

Kyalo informed providers, who included Safaricom, Orange, and Airtel that they would make more profits by increasing telephone connectivity in every part of the country.

“Profits are not in the infrastructure, but in the business”, said Kyalo during a meeting with telephone service providers in his office.

Records at ICT Authority indicate that so far, the laying of telephone 4G cables has already covered 4,300kilometers and a total of 57 towns in 35 counties have been covered; 2,100 kilometers are set to be completed before the end of this year.

The project, initiated about seven years ago, will connect all county headquarters and most of government offices with broadband technology.

By Terry Kaba/Muoka

Source: Kenya News Agency