CIO East Africa (Nairobi)

Kenya: NOFBI Phase II to Commence in July

The Ministry of ICT is about to expand Kenya's fibre Optic Coverage with an additional 1,600KM of National Optic Fibre Broadband Infrastructure (NOFBI) phase 2 being embarked on in July.

Already, 4,300KM fibre optic cable has been laid out since 2009. In the second phase all 47 County Governments are earmarked for connection.

NOFBI Phase 2 is funded through USD72.5 million loan from EXIM Bank of China, through a concessional Government to Government loan agreement and M/S Huawei Technologies of China is the project contractor, delivering from a tried-and-tested business model.

NOFBI Phase 1 is already in use by (GOK in 28 counties, Telkom, Safaricom, Jamii Telecom, and BCS) utilizing more than 3,000 KM of the cable.

The government is taking significant steps to build the ICT infrastructure which is key to helping Kenya catch up with opportunities using the next generation of telecommunications. This will also aide in the development of rural ICT and acces to e- government services. When outlining the Key Achievements in 2013/ 2014, the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Information Communication and Technology, Dr. Fred Matiangi also noted that the project will also include installing Local Area Networks (LAN) in 3 Buildings at each County Headquarters and construction of a Metro Fibre Network in all the 47 Counties. "Survey of the Fibre Route is complete in all the 47 counties and the laying of the fibre set to start by May 2014 after approval by roads authority" he added.

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