This will see the residents of Nakuru County enjoy a free, fast and reliable public street Wifi connection, enabling rapid access to information vital for economic and educational advancement.
The public-private partnership between the Nakuru County Government and Liquid Telecom Kenya has seen the design and launch of a high capacity Wifi network that covers a 10-kilometre radius from the central business district (CBD) with a capacity of 1 Gigabyte per second (Gbps).
Currently, this network is connected to a 200 Megabytes per second (Mbps) pool that is upgradable to 1Gbps based on demand, which Liquid Telecom will be monitoring and upgrading as the need arises.
Of paramount consideration in the design of the Wifi network was ensuring adequate capacity and seamless connectivity through the use of equipment that will deliver on user experience.
“Liquid Telecom has put in place outdoor Wifi nodes, which are designed to carry huge capacities with the ability to withstand harsh climatic conditions to guarantee maximum and uninterrupted speeds while surfing. With the built-in meshing technology incorporated in the network systems, users in Nakuru will not experience service interruptions when moving from one point to another within the areas covered in the town,” said Ben Roberts, Liquid Telecom Kenya CEO.
The network designed by Liquid Telecom Kenya is built around the strategic points accessed by the highest proportions of the town’s population. With 51 nodes installed, the network will serve users in the streets and open public areas such as stadia and parks. The first phase of the free Wifi project covers the county’s Kenyatta Street, Marikiti Market, the main bus terminus at the CBD, Afraha Stadium, the county headquarters and the Westside Mall, with the second phase expected to cover more streets using street poles and other public infrastructure.
Academic institutions in Nakuru will also enjoy free Wifi access, among them JKUAT Nakuru Campus and Mount Kenya University. This is expected to increase the use of e-learning, which increases information retention among students by up to 60 per cent, according to the Research Institute of America.
“With the uptake of e-learning by various colleges and universities in Kenya and the wealth of knowledge available online, Internet access in academic institutions has fast become a defining factor in the quality of education that students receive,” said Ben Roberts.