13 February 2014

Kenya: Nakuru County Set to Deploy Kenya's First Free Wifi

Nakuru residents will in three weeks time enjoy free WiFi after the county government sanctioned a 10-kilometre radius internet hub, the first of such near-field communications (NFC) project in the country.

According to the county government, the WiFi will benefit mostly traders who are seeking to utilize the internet to expand their business while learning institutions will also benefit as the town aims to become Kenya's first internet hotspot.

Banks will also benefit from the WiFi with customers also expected to use internet banking to settle their bills while transacting business within the town.

The project follows the county's partnership with State House Digital announced today which will also see the development of the Nakuru County website and an Android-based mobile app all worth Kshs 200 million. The county website is aimed to help county residents interact with the county leadership easily thereby improving the democratic and transparency space as well as overall service delivery.

State House digital media and diaspora communications director Dennis Itumbi termed the signing as a development that will result in more innovations for software creators as well as researchers with cost of getting the internet now done away with.

He added that four other major towns will benefit from the government digitization programme.

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