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Kenya launches phase 2 of national fibre project

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In another Milestone for the Kenyan ICT sector, Dr Fred Matiangi, cabinet secretary at Kenya’s Ministry of ICT, has launched phase two of the National Optic Fibre Backbone Infrastructure (NOFBI) project in Embu County, which looks to ease communication across counties and improve government service delivery.

The KES6 billion/₦10,997,521,842.26 project – which is designed to make processes such as the application for national identity cards, passports and registration of birth and death certificates much easier – will cover 2,100 kilometres in all of Kenya’s 47 counties once implemented.

“Other key deliverables by the project include creation of job opportunities to the youths especially those who reside in Embu region as well as high speed internet connectivity to the National and County Government offices,” the Kenya ICT Authority said.

The building of the infrastructure, which is managed by Telkom Kenya, is being undertaken by Huawei, and is jointly funded by the Kenyan government and a loan from the Chinese government, which the process expected to be fully implemented by end of 2015. The infrastructure currently connects 29 counties.

Back at the ceremony for the signing of the loan agreement in 2012, China’s vice-minister for commerce Chen Jian said the Chinese government would ensure that the project was effectively implemented.

“The project will create more transparency and bring e-services to every Kenyan people. And I want to assure the Kenyan government that we will be part of this to the end,” he said.

BizTech Africa contributed to this report

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