, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 23 – The Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology says the second phase of the County Connectivity Project is expected to kick off in the next three months.
Principal Secretary Joseph Tiampati said the ambitious e-government project will connect 28 counties through a high capacity network providing voice, data and video capability to connected government offices in a secure manner.
The announcement comes two days after the government signed a Sh1.2 billion loan with the Belgian government to finance the project.
“When we were signing the contract with Belgium delegation the other day at the Treasury, we actually tested video conferencing facility in institutions of some of these counties. This gave us a picture of how things will be,” Tiampati told journalists at a press conference on Friday.
Phase 1, which involved laying down the larger National Optic Fibre Backbone Infrastructure (NOFBI) commenced in 2011 and is to be completed by the end of this month in 28 counties.
The phase 2 project which will be coordinated by the National Operations Centre (NOC) will be complete by October next year.
The e-government Private Network Control Centre, located at the Treasury building in Nairobi, will control operations for the 47 counties and the 18 central government ministries.
“We will later look into first putting the last connectivity on the remaining 6 counties.
The government is also putting effort to lay down the fibre optic cable in the remaining 13 counties. I believe all the offices in the counties should be connected by the year 2015,” Tiampati said.
Apart from NOFBI the County Connectivity Project is also in line with the Government Common Core Network (GCCN) which is the metropolitan optic fibre in Nairobi which interconnects 31 government buildings and 16 private buildings which house government departments.