Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok on Friday commissioned the rehabilitation of fibre optic cable and launched the installation of new 630km fibre optic cable from Nadapal/Nakodok to Eldoret.
Governor Nanok said fibre optic cable is aimed at boosting internet connectivity in Turkana, West Pokot, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu counties and parts of Kakamega.
“Apart from improving communication, the network will support investments and improve service delivery by government,” said Nanok.
He said the project, which is part of the Eastern Africa Regional Transport and Trade Development Facilitation will revolutionize cross-border trade and improve relations.
The144 core fibre optic project is being undertaken by the National Government, through the ICT authority.
ICT Authority CEO Dr. Katherine Getao said the project is going to transform internet connectivity in the counties.
She said while connecting all public institutions, the authority is also considering how to connect social institutions like hospitals and schools since they are all serving Kenyans.
Chairman of the ICT Authority Prof. Frederick Owino said restriction of movement caused by the Covid-19 pandemic had underscored the importance of strengthening with the “new normal” set to continue post-coronavirus.
Official present during the launch include; Representative of the Ministry of ICT Hesbon Malwenyi, Eng. James Kungu of the State Department of Infrastructure, representative of World Bank Country Director Eng. James Theuri and a representative from the National Ministry of Energy among others.