Kenya to roll out fiber network to rural areas

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Kenya plans to roll out a fiber network in rural areas, a Kenyan official said on Tuesday.

Timothy Were, deputy director of Information Communication Technology with Ministry of Information Communication and Technology, told Xinhua in Nairobi that the construction of phase two of the National Optic Fiber Backbone project is expected to take three years.

“The 2,000 km terrestrial fiber is expected to connect remote areas of the country that are lagging behind in terms of connectivity to enable them to be linked to the outside world,” Were said during the second annual Africa banking and finance innovation summit.

The summit explored the emerging technologies, developments, latest trends and new opportunities within financial institutions and insurance companies throughout East Africa.

Phase one of the National Optic Fiber Backbone project consisting of approximately 4000 km has already been completed with the help of the Chinese government.

He noted that Kenya is keen on expanding the fiber transmission network because it will bring public services closer to the people.

Ministry of Information Communication and Technology is partnering with the Chinese technology firm Huawei in enhancing the capacity of Kenyans in the Information Communication and Technology field. Enditem

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