The Ministry of ICT launched the laying of the 630km fibre optic cables from Eldoret to Nakodok. The Sh3bn project is funded by the government of Kenya and the World Bank.
The project will cover Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, Turkana, and West Pokot counties. This boost business activities, ease communications, and also open up the northern frontier region.
“This section of the project will provide connectivity between Northern Rift part of Kenya to the counties of Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, Turkana and West Pokot,” said ICT Authority chief executive, Dr. Katherine Getao.
Dr. Katherine Getao said institutions along the fibre cable corridor including hospitals, government offices, schools, and telecommunication operators will enjoy internet connectivity with speeds of 100 gigabytes.
The fibre optic cable project will also accelerate the development expected from the construction of a World Bank-funded 338 kilometer road from Lokichar to Kainuk bridge, which links Turkana and West Pokot counties.
The two projects are part of the Sh54 billion South Sudan-Eastern Africa Regional Transport, Trade, and Development Facilitation Programme (EARTTDFP) that connects Kenya and South Sudan through the laying of a fibre-optic cable and construction of a superhighway. The two projects will boost services in Turkana and surrounding areas after the recent discovery of oil.
The project was commended and welcomed by Turkana’s County Governor, Josephat Nanok, noting that it would enhance cross-border trade between Kenya and South Sudan.
“Towns such as Eldoret, Kitale, Lodwar, Kakuma, Lokichar, and Lokichoggio will greatly benefit from the new fibre optic cable in line plans to transform lives through smart ICT infrastructure and bridge the digital divide,” he said.
World Bank representative, James Theuri, said that the activity on the procuring of the fibre optic cable is complete and ICT services restored in the four counties.
“We are also very pleased with the progress of procuring contractors for the main build cable, noting that procurement of contractors to carry out the civil works and to lay the cable is complete,” he said.
The project will lower internet costs in the region and allow the digitization of services.