In efforts to connect the counties to the World, the Government has set out plans to lay down additional 1,600KM of National Optic Fibre Backbone Infrastructure (NOFBI) from May this year after approval by roads authority. This will mark phase II of the already on course project with Phase I having seen to the laying down of 4,300KM of fibre.
“Survey of the fibre Route is complete in all the 47 counties.”, said ICT Minister, Fred Matiangi while addressing the press .
The project will include installation of Local Area Network (LAN) in three buildings at each county headquarter and also the construction of a Metro Fibre Network in the counties.
The Government is also making efforts to go paperless as it seeks to establish a National Digital Register Services (NDRS).The new registry process will see to registers of people, land, establishments, birth and death records as well as assets done online. The Minister pointed that the Civil Registration Department was already on course with the digitisation of the births and death records.
Roll out of 4G network
The government also announced plans to roll out 4G (fourth generation) internet network come next year. The move to launch the high speed broadband network is part of its efforts to raise the Internet’s contribution to economic growth to 10 per cent in 2017 from the current 2.9 per cent.
The country’s internet penetration currently stands at 47 per cent but the government seeks to have this increased to 60 per cent in the next three years.