New Network Roll-Out Set to Reduce the Cost of Internet in Kenya


The government will soon roll out the 4G system, a move aimed at reducing the connectivity costs in the country.

It will also allow many Kenyans access the internet. "This is the most key infrastructure that will determine the reduction between rural-urban digital divide in the country," Information PS Bitange Ndemo said.

Once operational, the system will enable connectivity in schools and hospitals as the former will be able to deploy e-learning.

"By accessing the facilities from an early age, the youth will have a platform to be innovative and entrepreneurial to be able to turn around the socio-economic status of the country and achieve Vision 2030.

The PS said that once 4G is rolled into the market the costs will be determined by market forces.

A 4G system provides a comprehensive and secure all-IP based solution where facilities such as ultra-broadband (giga-byte speed such as 100+ MiB/s) Internet access, IP telephony, gaming services, and streamed multimedia may be provided to users.

Speaking during a CIO 100 symposium on Wednesday, Mr Ndemo urged innovators to use their rights as provided for in the new law to access data from the government to solve some of the challenges facing society.