By Abel Muhatia @abelmuhatia
Nakuru Residents will now enjoy 24 hours of Internet supply after Africa’s leading independent data, Voice and IP provider Liquid telecom partners with their County government in launching a high capacity Wi-Fi connection.
The company has so far invested four million Kenya shillings in the project as more funds have been set aside for the network optimisation process through 2015.
The project, graced by the Digital director to statehouse Dennis Itumbi, has seen the design of a Wi-Fi network that covers a 10 kilometer radius from the central business district with a capacity of 1 Gigabyte (GB) per second.
Itumbi said that the presidential strategic communications unit will host a quarterly meeting in Nakuru on Digital education that will be extended to the ward levels.
Under the monitoring of Liquid telecom, the network is presently connected to a 200 Megabytes per second Mbps pool that is upgradable to 1 Gbps based on demand.
Speaking during the launching of the project, Liquid telecom Kenyan CEO Ben Roberts confirmed that not even harsh climatic conditions can interrupt the flow of Internet since outdoor Wi-Fi nodes designed to hold huge capacities have been put in place.
Roberts added that free Wi-Fi is a facility gaining worldwide attraction thus Africa should be at per with its economic competitors since Internet is a vital tool in raising the economic standards.
In the first phase of the project, the county’s main bus terminal, Kenyatta Street, Marikiti market, Afraha stadium, Westside Mall and the county headquarters are covered.
To improve access to information and raising the education standard, academic institutions have also been considered in the Internet connection process.