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Telkom in partnership NCC to provide free public Wi-fi in Nairobi

Kris Senanu Managing Director Telkom Enterprise (Left) with Managing Director of Meelin Davis Nyamari during the launch/Courtesy

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 6 – Telkom has partnered with Nairobi County Government and Meelin Media Limited to provide free, secure wireless internet in select parts of the city, in an effort to bridge the connectivity gap.

Under the initiative dubbed Link Kenya Project, three internet hotspots have been identified within the central business district, at Aga Khan Walk, Memorial Park and Ambassador. Each of the hotspots has double-sided 55-inch LCD screens that will run paid advertisements to cater for the cost of maintenance.

“This initiative is a boost to the government’s efforts to bridge existing gaps in internet connectivity. Whereas internet penetration has grown over the last few years, thanks to the mobile phone, sections of the population still cannot enjoy it owing to prohibitive costs,” said Kris Senanu – Managing Director, Telkom Enterprise.

The provision of free internet by Telkom not only enhances the government’s digitization agenda by enabling more people to access information and services, but builds on existing iniatives where the firm has been facilitating connectivity to the innovation hubs in all the 210 Constituencies, in a bid to transform the country into an information society and align to a digital economy.

“We are continually working to connect people who keep Kenya on the move. This is at the core of our vision as a company. It is the reason, we have the most unbeatable offers on data in Kenya today; and the Link Kenya Project enables us to facilitate internet access to even more people in Nairobi,” said Senanu.

He added that with the critical role that the internet plays in day-to-day lives, it is important that access is enhanced for as many people as possible to connect with family, enjoy government service and do business.

The Managing Director of Meelin, Davis Nyamari said, “This is the first of many initiatives to bridge the connectivity gap in the cities and major towns in Kenya. Ultimately, we’re looking at connecting people easily and for free, for a better urban experience.”

The Link Kenya Project is modeled on a similar initiative that was implemented in New York City in 2015, dubbed LinkNYC, which has 9.5 feet tall kiosks fitted with 55-inch HD displays and fast, secure public wi-fi in the city.

The iniatives looks to partner with other like-minded players to help in the dissemination of critical social and educative information layered on connectivity and via the visual kiosks.

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