In a bid to foster the growth in the ICT sector in Kenya, fibre optic provider, SEACOM has announced that it will be providing four innovation hubs with free internet connecton.
The four including: iHub, M:Lab East Africa, NaiLab and 88mph have natured local young talent and seen some startups coming from their incubation programmes.
“With this 100mbps of internet connectivity, Kenya’s technology entrepreneurs and innovators will now for example, be able to work on online graphical design projects that would have otherwise been difficult to test before deploying, a process called rendering”, said SEACOM’s Sales Account Manager, Michael Otieno.
“One of the core drivers of SEACOM’s CSI 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 Joseph Muriithi, SEACOM Kenya Country Manager.
All the hubs praised the move by SEACOM terming it as a way to push the local IT industry forward.
SEACOM is the largest fibre optic operator in the country having more than half of provision of international fibre connections according to Communication Commission of Kenya.