Kenya’s future as a regional ICT hub

However, this should not detract from the impressive work that has been done in Kenya over the last decade or so. For instance:-

” Kenya’s total international connectivity capacity in 2008 was only 828 Mbps delivered entirely by satellite. Today we now have four international sub-marine cable systems landing in the country and delivering a total installed capacity of over 5 Terra bytes per second. This represents a growth in capacity by 5000x ;**( TEAMS, EASSY, SEACOM, FRANCE TELECOM-LION)
” In early 2000, Kenya had 1 mobile service provider and less than 50,000 subscribers. Today this sub-sector has 4 mobile service providers with over 30million customers amongst them representing a penetration rate of 75%;( ** CCK Report March 2013)
” In 2007, the country had less than 3000 Km’s of terrestrial fibre optic cables in the ground, whereas today we can be proud to say that figure is now well over 12,000 Km’s, including fibre connectivity to all major towns in Kenya. ** (this includes, NOFBI 1, TKL, KDN, Kenya Power, Safaricom, JTL);
” At the time of liberalisation, Kenya had one of the lowest internet penetration rates in the world, today close to 16.4 million Kenyans or 41%** of the population has some form of access to the internet (** CCK Report March 2013)

Your Excellency, it is obvious, even to the most casual of observers that we as a country have made immense strides towards getting the basics of our ICT infrastructure in order . For this I salute you and your Government, because it is through collaboration and private public partnerships that a lot of this work has been done.

A great illustration of the PPP engagement is the TEAMs cable, which incidentally I sit as Chairman of the Board. This project cost US 130$ million to implement and the funding was put together by both Government and private sector players with the project being delivered ahead of schedule and within budget. Its success has triggered the internet revolution that has taken Kenya by storm, it has set the stage for the next phase of development. That of building a knowledge-based economy through ICT.

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