The Kenyan federal government is scaling up the last few of miles of optic connections throughout the nation’s 47 regions, in order to enhance Wi-Fi networks, Telecompaper reports
The report revealed that Broadcasting and Telecommunications Principal Secretary, Sammy Itemere, had actually stated that strategies were underway to have national and governments partner in opening up a minimum of 3 centers in the country for the provision of free Wi-fi connections to the general public.
The report further stated that Itemere had said the government will be partnering with the private sector in order to develop fibre-optic infrastructure to facilitate the creation of a digital economy. Itemere said, within the TelecomPaper report, that the state had also begun reviewing an ICT policy and legal framework as a strategy to position the country as a digital economy.
The report revealed that Itemere pointed out that under the 2013-2018 National ICT Master Plan, the government seeks to classify ICT as a-stand alone economic sector projected to create jobs and contribute eight per cent of the gross domestic product. He said the government is also intensifying efforts to develop high-end and tertiary level ICT workforce that will service the ICT sector. The personnel will also propel the existing and upcoming businesses to ICT platform to gain competitive advantage.