The Communications Authority of Kenya plans to spend KSh 1.1 billion to connect 101 sub-locations in 19 Counties to mobile network services by June this year under the Universal Service Fund (USF).
The USF was established in 2009 to facilitate the widespread availability of communications services in various parts of the country. The Authority revealed the plans Thursday while launching Phase II of the Universal Service Fund (USF) Voice Infrastructure Connectivity Project in Akiriamet, West Pokot County.
14 Sub-locations have been connected to mobile network services in the area.
The CA will spend KSh. 1.1 billion to connect 101 sub locations in 19 Counties by June this year. In West Pokot County, Akiriamet, Kases, Kiwawa, Meshau, Lotokum, Kola, Ompolion, Kaptolomwo, Kachawa, Amaler, Emboasis, Kokwoptorir, Marus & Pkpogoh have been connected. #USFKenya pic.twitter.com/ZVTyR1oKN6
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‘‘This project will facilitate residents of the beneficiary sub-locations to enjoy a host of services, including mobile voice, data, Internet, and a bouquet of other value-added services, including mobile money transfer services,” Ezra Chiloba, the CA Director-General said during the launch.
During the first phase of the USF project, the Authority managed to connect about 884 public secondary schools across the 47 counties to high-speed internet. Seven of the schools that benefitted during the first phase are in West Pokot and they include; St. Elizabeth Girls Morpus, St. Theresa’s Tartar Girls, Kapenguria Boys, and St. Cecilia Chepareria, St. Comboni Amakuriat, Nasokol Girls and Holy Cross Boys Secondary School.
In mobile connectivity, during the first phase, the Authority connected 78 sub-locations, covering 330,342 people, spread across 15 counties in Kenya. Five of the sub-locations are in West Pokot.