Nakuru Town in Kenya’s Rift Valley will offer free Wi-Fi connectivity to all its residents in a US$2.35mn ICT project in partnership with the Kenyan government
The town will become the third city in Africa and 16th globally to provide unrestricted internet access to its residents, according to the government.
“With this facility, the business community can use the Internet to conduct international business while tens of thousands of university and college students can get free materials online,” observed Dennis Itumbi, director digital media and diaspora communications, an Office of the President department in charge of information and communication technology (ICT).
An interactive county website has also been launched so users can directly post comments, as well as an ICT training centre where the public can learn how to use social media.
This Digital Impact Centre has received eight computers from Inphonet Services and will be stationed in the county government offices, the government said.
Nakuru governor, Kinuthia Mbugua, stated that the project will make the town a regional and international business hub and that it will enable easier interaction between his government and the public.