Nairobi — Fibre optic cable provider SEACOM has given 100 MegaBytes per Second (mbps) of internet connectivity to four innovation centers in Kenya to enhance their capacity to generate local content for a global audience.
The centers - iHub, m:Lab, NaiLab and 88mph - will now benefit from super fast internet speeds to launch their applications on the internet.
SEACOM's Country Manager Joseph Muriithi said with this 100mbps of internet connectivity, Kenya's technology entrepreneurs and innovators will now be able to work on online projects that would have otherwise been difficult.
"One of the core drivers of SEACOM's strategy is to fast track African ICT skills and enterprise development by leveraging its existing internet infrastructure to provide internet connectivity in-kind, support to universities, high schools, ICT innovation centers, plus ICT learning and training centers throughout Africa", said Muriithi.
Muriithi said that SEACOM believes in the application development, design, coding, and programming talent available in Africa and as a key catalyst of ICT development, was keen to build this talent in Kenya and across the continent under its Corporate Social Investment program.
He said that SEACOM will support the government in its commitment to ICT development in the country by providing accelerated Internet connectivity to the Internet community at large.
"The youth consider themselves as global citizens and through the innovation centers, they are now able to use the internet as a tool for research, testing, deployments and communication with the global citizen," he said.
On his part SEACOMS Sales Manager Michael Otieno says that there is a great need for internet access that is consistent and with high speed which is a key success factor in stimulating innovations in the tech sector.
"NaiLab is an innovation space, targeting early stage startups, primarily working with developers and programmers who are striving to build novel innovations, economically viable products, targeting health, and education, social and environmental problems faced in emerging markets", Otieno explained.
The hub's Chief Executive Officer Sam Gichuru, hailed the partnership with SEACOM terming it as timely in dealing with the issue of down time and high-speed Internet access.
"The availability of high speed internet access in the last month has seen an increase in product development speeds and a couple of cloud hosted solutions go online at NaiLab. We can only imagine what impact this will have in the long run", Gichuru said.
Similar sentiments were shared by other beneficiaries.