More Kenyans are set to benefit from free internet access as the government plans to roll out free Wi-Fi hotspots in the 290 constituencies. The government has put aside Ksh 300 million to ensure that the hotspots in every centre in collaboration with the Telkom Kenya and Avanti Communications. The respective members of the parliament will equally be involved in the project.
Sammy Itemere, the Principal Secretary, State Department for Telecommunications and Broadcasting, said that work had commenced on the project with a pilot study carried out in Limuru. Mr Itemere said that the government is also planning to collaborate with the Postal Corporation of Kenya (PCK).The PCK are expected to assist in setting up digital hubs in some of its stations across the country.
The constituencies will have to provide buildings to house the hubs and buy computers that the public will use. It is expected that the Internet hubs will act as fertile ground for youth innovation and entrepreneurship while helping to bridge Internet access in Kenya. More people in the rural setting will be able to access free internet services. Kenya currently has 85.3 users according to Communication Authority and these figures are likely to go up.