Sh250bn ‘Digital Kenya’ plan starts to click, byte by byte

Lyndon Andala of Ebuchira primary school in Kakamega guiding a pre-unit pupil Ban-Ki moon on using in a laptop. Access to broadband can generate enormous social economic benefits, among them  job creation, investment opportunities, access to online government services, improved education and training and better national safety. Photo/FILEThe government has embarked on a Sh257 billion plan to turn Kenya into a knowledge-based economy by 2017, through provision of high-speed and reliable Internet services.

The five-year National Broadband Strategy envisages a country where broadband will be delivered to individuals, homes and businesses with a minimum speed of 5 megabytes per second to give Kenyans easy access to basic information.

By 2017, according to the plan set to be launched today by Deputy President William Ruto, 75 per cent of local businesses should be online, with at least 20 per cent of websites available in local languages.

The government, on the other hand, should have at least 70 per cent of its services available virtually, while at least 40 per cent of the Kenyan population is expected to be digitally literate. read more

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