Liquid Telecom, Africa’s leading data, voice and IP services provider, is investing KES40.1m ($400,000m) in Internet infrastructure that will see Kilifi County in Kenya open up for inter-connectivity for businesses and the county government premises. This is part of the firm’s KES50m ($50m) investment in partnership with counties that has so far seen 39 of Kenya’s 47 counties benefit from data connectivity.
“The move will see 11 ministries in Kilifi connected on a 10-kilometre Wide Area Network (WAN) via fibre optics, two other ministries connected via microwave and four remote sites connected on very small aperture terminal (VSAT),” read a statement from Liquid Telecom website.
Kilifi will enjoy first class Internet connection as well as reliable and affordable access to the Internet necessary for the delivery of services to the public, including a revenue collection system that the county plans to upgrade. Kilifi also hosts various universities and colleges including Mount Kenya University, Kenya Medical Training College, Kenya Utalii College and Bandari College, which stand to benefit from the Internet infrastructure, at a time when e-learning has been identified as a major differentiator in the quality of education that tertiary institutions offer.
The installation process in Kilifi County will employ 30 staff with additional roles being created for maintenance of the infrastructure and wireless network in the county. The project is expected to be completed in four months, after which Liquid Telecom plans to undertake similar installations in Meru, Kisumu, Migori and Kisii counties.
Liquid Telecom Group, the parent company, has positioned itself as one of biggest investors in Africa’s Internet connectivity, with its independent fibre network now stretching over 18,000kms across the continent. In East Africa, the firm has invested KES1.75 billion, which has seen the installation of the East Africa Fibre Ring, the first fully redundant regional fibre ring in Africa. This has ensured high speeds and continuous up time for Internet users.