CS Owalo in Geneva, pushes for collaboration in achieving Kenya’s digital agenda
Information, Communication and the Digital Economy Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo has urged telecommunications investors to take their business in Kenya.
Speaking on Tuesday during the International Telecommunications Union Council meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, Owalo said the government is working to streamline regulations to encourage and increase private sector investment and participation in ICT in Kenya from across the globe.
He highlighted areas of possible partnerships including cellular mobile and broadband services to grow Kenya‘s Digital Transformation Agenda.
“Today, 98 percent of our population has access to cellular mobile and broadband services. About 1.7 million are not covered. Furthermore, while our network is ahead of most of our neighbours, 45 percent of our people still lack access to smart devices. This is a challenge we must solve urgently, for meaningful universal digital transformation.”
“Accordingly, we are rolling out programmes that address these concerns. We have begun rolling out an extra 100,000 Km of fibre optic cable, to be complete by 2027; We seek to digitalise all Government services by the end of this year; We are setting up at least two world-class data centres; and we are lowering the cost of calls and data bundles,” Owalo said.
He said the goals will be easier to achieve through viable partnerships and collaborations.
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