Kenyan village of Siaya County gets superb Internet connection.


The move is part of the firms initiative to invest $50 millionin the next 2 years through a Wide Area Network (WAN) based approach projected to link the different counties in Kenya to sub counties, prescription healing wards and back to central government.

Nic Rudnick, the chief executive office, Liquid Telecom Group said, Rural Internet connectivity is rather poor in Kenya due to lack of infrastructure. What Liquid Telecom Kenya is doing in Siaya County is to achieve partnership deed by open up the county to new business opportunities and improve government functionality through the use of technology.

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“There are vast human and capital resources lying idle in Siaya, connecting the county to the rest of Kenya and the world will in turn enable businesses and the county government register increased productivity at reduced costs.” Nic said.

According to the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) statistics released in 2014, Internet penetration in Kenya stands at 52.3 per cent, making the penetration in the country among the most enviable across the region. However penetration in rural areas has remained dismal locking out rural businesses and people from business, trade and employment opportunities experienced elsewhere.

Making Liquid Telecome intervention a tick for the populance in remote villages gain access to reliable and affordable internet service while also exploring local and global websites for opportunities. The installation process will see 50 staff employed with further roles being created to handle maintenance of fibre optics and wireless networks in the county.

It is noted in the release that, In Senegal, the focus on improvement Internet infrastructure countrywide paid off with 3.3 percent contribution to the country’s GDP as of 2012.

whereas in India, considered to be the fastest growing global economies in the world, internet has been considered a key drive to this development with 3.2 percent contribution to the country’s GDP. It is projected to exceed 3.7 per cent in 2015 as the country taps into rural areas, according to McKinsey and Company, a global management consulting firm. This will place the country in the same league as the US, Japan and Malaysia in terms of internet contribution to GDP.

However in Kenya Internet connectivity, per the standing contributes to only 2.9 per cent of Kenya’s GDP. The donors think, the improvement of Internet infrastructure in Siaya, like in many parts of Senegal and India, is poised to trigger an increase in business activity while acting as a magnet for investors who counts on requisite infrastructure like internet to set up businesses. This, in addition to firms seeking to meet the demands of their target markets will eased communication links and result in employment creation within the county as firms kick starts its operations. The boost is likely to have a number of foreign and local investors including NGOs and service firms such as banks expand their operations into the county following improved Internet infrastructure.

Through the installation of world class infrastructure courtesy of LTKs fibre network, Siaya is also set to win investor confidence even as the county seeks to position itself as an educational and agricultural.

Siaya county is home to a number of university and tertiary institutions, most notably Bondo University College and Siaya Institute of Technology, which rely heavily on Internet in the acquisition and transfer of knowledge and skills. The county government has also been liaising with a number of USA-based education establishments and universities such as the University of Florida on streaming lectures and lessons and other content to schools in the county.

Given its fertile soils and reliable rainfall, the county has immense potential for agriculture to thrive in as an industry. Internet connectivity is especially critical for an economy heavily reliant on agriculture as it makes strides towards e-agriculture, more so in access to linked information, mechanization and understanding of weather patterns. Currently, the key areas of agricultural focus in the county are rice, coffee, sugarcane and cotton farming. the statement read in part.

Liquid Telecom Group, the parent company, has positioned itself as one of biggest investor in Africa’s Internet connectivity. with $20 million so far invested in East Africa in being building a Fibre Ring which which connects Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and back into Kenya.


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