Kenya’s Nakuru town has become the first Kenyan town and the third in Africa after Kigali, Rwanda and Cape Town, South Africa to provide free Wi-Fi to its residents in Africa. Though the town becomes the first in the country to do so, it is the sixteenth globally.
The free Wi-Fi is an initiative of Orange Kenya, Infonet and the Nakuru County Government and the Statehouse Digital team.
In its first phase the Wi-Fi will work with a 10 kilometre radius covering Nakuru Town’s Central Business District (CBD) around the clock. The unlimited data usage connected to seven base stations spread across the CBD will however block movie downloads and visits to adult sites. The county government says it will extend the service to other other parts of Nakuru progressively.
Mickael Ghossein, Orange Kenya CEO says that the provision of free wireless Internet to the counties across the country, will help in making the counties more accessible for business, as well as assist the county governments to improve their service offering through integrated ICT solutions.
The initiative is in line with Orange’s strategy of enhancing the use of its infrastructure to offer value added Data & Voice solutions to the counties.