Telkom Kenya, the powerhouse landline service provider in Kenya, has announced its plan to launch digital services to its customers—specifically, free Wi-Fi. The company has teamed up with the Ministry of ICT and the National Constituency Development Fund to install 1160 constituency hubs, which equates to four per constituency. The goal is to create hotspots in central locations within each constituency that allow the public to come and access the internet, interact with tablets, and connect to the world.
Each incubation hub will be equipped with 40 tablet devices offering a way for the youth of Kenya to hone their technical skills and to introduce much of the country to the digital world. “We are excited about the roll-out of this new government project. As a strategic partner to the Kenya government’s national ICT agenda, Telkom Kenya can provide end-to-end solutions, tailor-made to meet a growing set of needs for the Public Sector,” said Kris Senanu, the Enterprise Division MD. The initiative certainly has the youth of Kenya in mind. However, Telkom is hoping that this move will corner the digital market in the area to compliment their already dominating presence. As they continue to invest in the infrastructure to digitize Kenya, working with the ICT and NCDF has boosted the race of technology in the region, making Kenya a true contender in the digital age.
Free and discounted internet is spreading across Africa in all areas as countries try to catch up on providing this public service to their populations. Kenyans realize they need to build a reliable infrastructure for the digital age if they are to keep up with the level of technology and growth seen over the last decade. Telkom, in partnering with the Kenyan government, has made both a smart move and impactful decision to help bring technology to the hands of millions.