14 July 2014

Kenya: County Gets Sh175 Million Fibre-Optic Connection

LIQUID Telcom Kenya has launched a Sh175 million fiber optic network in Siaya county.

The firm is seeking to invest $50 million (Sh4.3 million) in partnerships with counties in the next 24 months to roll out data connectivity projects, LTK group CEO Nic Rudnick said.

"Rural internet connectivity is rather poor in Kenya due to lack of infrastructure hence the partnership with LTK," he said during the groundbreaking ceremony at Siaya town yesterday.

Governor Cornel Rasanga and Information PS Joseph Tiampati were present.

The firm will hire 50 workers to maintain the fibre optic, Rudnick said.

The county headquarters, subcounties and wards will be linked to the central government as well, he said.

Rudnick said internet connectivity contributes to 2.9 per cent of Kenya's GDP and the project will improve Siaya's economy.

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