DP William Ruto to unveil Kenya’s National Broadband Strategy on Tuesday July 23




cck_logoAfter the launch was postponed from its earlier date of Wednesday July 17, 2013 at Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi, the CCK has today moved the date for the launch of the country’s National Broadband Strategy to Tuesday July 23 at the same venue.

Through a message posted on Kictanet, the telecoms industry regulator announced that Deputy President William Ruto will be the chief guest. Below is the message:

“Dear Listers,

Reference is made to our invitation to the launch of the National Broadband Strategy initially planned for 17th July 2013.

The Commission, working in collaboration with the Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology, appreciates your understanding for the postponement of the launch occasioned by unforeseen circumstances beyond our control.

We are glad to inform industry stakeholders that the launch has been re-scheduled to Tuesday, 23rdth July 2013 at a breakfast to be held from 7:00 am – 9.00am at the Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi. 

The Ministry and the Commission will be honored to have your presence during the launch that will be officiated by His Excellency, Deputy President, William Ruto.

Stakeholders interested in attending the launch are requested to contact Anastasia Makeba on +254 20 4242450 or makeba@cck.go.kefor confirmation of attendance or any further clarifications.  The proposed programme is attached for reference.

Your participation in this event will be highly appreciated.

 Sincerely,

 FOR DIRECTOR GENERAL”

 

The vision of the Strategy, which can be downloaded here, is to transform Kenya into a knowledge-based society driven by a high capacity nationwide broadband network.

The overall objective of the Strategy is to provide quality broadband services to all citizens. According to the document, the broadband definition for Kenya for the period 2013 – 2017 is as follows: “Broadband connectivity that is always-on and that delivers a minimum of 5mbps to homes and businesses for high speed access to voice, data, video and applications for development.” 

The Strategy focuses on five key thematic areas that have direct impact on its implementation and success. These are:

  • • Infrastructure, Connectivity and Devices
  • • Content, Applications and Innovations
  • • Capacity Building and Awareness
  • • Policy, Legal and Regulatory Environment
  • • Financing and Investment

The role of the government in the Strategy is to provide an enabling environment to allow optimum market growth of broadband services.

The ICT Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiangi, had during a previous interview with Human IPO, said that the Strategy is meant to “detail how the government will achieve its 5Mbps internet connection per home and business vision and help the country’s social economic climate.

The Strategy was developed by the CCK and Ministry of Information and Communication (now ICT)  with technical assistance from USAID’s Global Broadband Initiative Program

 




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