The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) and the ICT Authority (ICTA) have reached an agreement to expand fiber optic cable connectivity to the last mile in 19 unserved and underserved counties.
The Technical Cooperation Agreement (TCA) involves the CA assisting in the deployment of fibre in the identified counties, which will cost KES 5 billion through the Universal Service Fund (USF).
This development aligns with the USF’s goal of facilitating the expansion of infrastructure and communication services in areas lacking access.
It also supports the Government Digital Transformation Agenda (GoDTA) on the deployment of 100,000 kilometres of fibre, as part of efforts to enhance access to broadband across the country.
The Counties targeted in this project include Turkana, West Pokot, Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, Samburu, Marsabit, Mandera, Tana River, Lamu, Kilifi, Kwale, Kitui, Laikipia, Isiolo, Garissa, Wajir, Kitui, Makueni, Kajiado, and Narok.
At the start of its tenure, the Kenya Kwanza government pledged to deploy over 100,000 kilometres of fibre optic cable across the nation during its initial term as a component of its Digital Superhighway program.
And just the other day, we learned that Safaricom is working with the government on this initiative, but other companies such as Telkom Kenya have also made significant contributions to expanding fibre optic coverage in Kenya.
The implementation of the Project must not exceed three (3) years. The agreement is a result of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by both organizations in December 2022.
‘‘What we are doing today is phenomenal and will greatly transform the country in the years to come,’’ said CA Director General Mr. Ezra Chiloba at the signing ceremony.
ICTA Chief Executive Officer Stanley Kamanguya hailed the partnership with CA which will go a long way in the attainment of the digital transformation agenda. ‘‘It is an interesting time to begin the 100,000-kilometre journey,’’ he observed.