Telkom Kenya is set to roll out free Wi-Fi in 1,160 Constituency Incubation Hubs, in a just concluded multi-million deal that will see the once struggling telco get back to its knees.
The deal will see the firm install Wi-Fi in government-funded Constituency Incubation Hubs in the 290 constituencies across the country.
According to Managing Director of the Enterprise Division at Telkom Kenya, Kris Senanu, “We are excited about the roll-out of this new government project. As a strategic partner to the Kenya government’s national ICT agenda, Telkom Kenya is able to provide end-to-end solutions, tailor-made to meet a growing set of needs for the Public Sector.”
The deal will complement Telkom Kenya’s stakes in the Internet development space, as other players move to lay fiber across the country in a move to profit from the growing middle class who heavily rely on the Internet for their work and play in this knowledge-based economy.
The deal is funded by the Ministry of ICT and the National Constituency Development Fund (NCDF).
Telkom Kenya will install internet in 4 hubs per constituency, which will be equipped with 40 tablet devices each.
The Hubs will benefit youth entrepreneurs by way of helping them develop their ICT skills and applications, bringing them into the digital world and enabling them to grow and start new businesses.
The National Constituency Development Fund will fund the project for the supply and installation of the equipment component while the Ministry of ICT will fund the provision of Internet broadband services for a period of one year.
Telkom Kenya also manages the government’s National Optic Fibre Backbone (NOFBI).