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Kenya: Schools in Nairobi get free internet

July 3, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories

Wananchi Group CEO,  Richard Alden. (Image Source: http://techmoran.com/)

Wananchi Group CEO, Richard Alden. (Image Source: http://techmoran.com/)

Wananchi Group, owner of Pay Tv company Zuku, is installing free, unlimited, high-speed fixed internet to over 2,000 public and private schools in Nairobi County.

Through a partnership with Kenya Education Network (KENET) and the County Government of Nairobi, over 150 schools have been connected to fixed high speed internet in a piloting that began April 2014.

The first three months were used to roll out the fibre network and the last one year was used to evaluate the progress of the project. The scheme will let pupils conduct viable research and access broad knowledge from different parts of the world.  The majority of the schools connected will be private ones.

Wananchi Group has invested USD 2 million to provide these schools with access to the internet. The project will supplement the government initiative to provide free laptops to schools across the country. The Zuku Fibre project is a private-public partnership using the Wananchi Group’s fibre infrastructure to provide ICT services to 2,715 schools in Nairobi, in line with the objectives of Vision 2030.

Staff Writer

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