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South Sudan invited to connect to Kenya’s broadband

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The government of Kenya has invited South Sudan to connect to the recently-laid fiber optical cables that span the East African region.

Kenya has invited South Sudan to connect to the recently-laid fiber optical cables (image: Associated Press)

The invitation was extended to South Sudan by Kenyan Ambassador Bruce Madete during a meeting with the South Sudan’s Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin, while heading the Kenyan information delegation.

Madete explained that the invitation is part of the East African Community programs which aim to connect as many East African nations through broadband interconnectivity, which will in return make communication processes easier.

The Minister confirmed that Kenya is connected through a cable in Turkana near Eastern Equatoria, and if South Sudan would be interested in connecting their newly-created country to broadband connectivity, Kenya is open for dialogue on the matter.

According to a press release sent out by the Government of South Sudan, “Dr Benjamin said the government is committed to this initiative and needs it be done to facilitate easier communications. He commended the role Kenya is now playing to improve information and broadcasting institutions stressing that the training period should be extended.”

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor

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