Kenya: Varsity Churns Out Locally Made Tablets at Juja Plant

26 January 2017

Computing

An assembly plant located at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has rolled out the first batch of 2,000 tablets for school children.

The assembly plant, a joint venture between JKUAT and Latin American firm Positivo BGH, has a capacity to churn out 600 tablets per day.

ICT and Innovation principal secretary Victor Kyalo on Tuesday said the government plans to have about 100,000 homegrown mobile computers out of the total 1.2 million devices to be rolled out in the first phase of the project.

"Now that we have perfected the art, we can do bigger batches. You should produce 10,000 tablets in the next batch," Mr Kyalo said while visiting the Juja-based university on Tuesday.

Mr Kyalo was speaking when he led Nigeria's communications minister Adebayo Shittu to tour the facility, which employs about 20 techies.

Mr Shittu said he was impressed with the project and mulled purchasing units from the Kenyan facility to pilot a digital learning programme in Nigeria.

Source: Daily Nation 25 January 2017