, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 23 – All new buildings within Nairobi County will be required to have in-built Internet connectivity in efforts to enhance Information and Communications Technology.
Nairobi County Governor Evans Kidero says this will be considered as any other utility like water and electricity before approving all constructions submissions.
He said the county will in the meantime work with the owners of existing buildings and ensure they are upgraded in the next six months.
“We also have those people who have had their building submissions approved without this provision by December 2013 and we have asked them to upgrade their submissions so that they can be approved,” he said.
Kidero said this was in line with county’s vision to enhance communications and encourage new products for service delivery.
In future, the county plans to spend more that 25 percent of its budget on ICT to improve the implementation of its programmes and enhance governance.
In March this year, the World Bank approved Sh1.3billion to finance its implementation of ICT programmes in the next three years.
The Governor was speaking on Wednesday during the opening of the Orange Telkom Switch centre in Nairobi, the Milimani Exchange.
Orange Telkom plans to connect 200 additional building in Nairobi Country with the Multi-Services Access Nodes (MSAN) technology before the end of the year.
The technology seeks to replace the operator’s copper cabling with fibre optic cable infrastructure and enhance its data connectivity.
CEO Mickael Ghossein said the project is also aimed at reducing its operational expenditure that has been widely caused by vandalism.
“When we started this project in 2009, we had close to 300 cables cut per month. After that we succeeded to decrease it to about 100 and today we are having 20 to 30 cables cut a month mainly from the road contractors,” Ghossein said.
The company through its programme dubbed pambazuka has invested Sh1.4 billion in the project that will also be spread in all the 47 counties.