Telkom takes up title sponsorship of Connected Kenya as event marks 10 years

Telkom is this year’s title sponsor of the Connected Kenya Summit, scheduled to take place at the Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi, from October 22 to 24, 2018.

Now in its tenth year, the Summit is a platform that brings together industry players from the Private and Public Sector to exchange ideas on the enabling role of ICT in service delivery.

“Our focus for the 2018 Connected Summit is the Big 4 Agenda. Technology has a significant role to play in delivery of the Big 4 and I look forward to seeing how we can innovate across manufacturing, healthcare, housing and food security,” says Joe Mucheru, the CS in the Ministry of ICT.

(TOP: ICT CS Joe Mucheru poses with the logo of this year’s Connected Summit together with Telkom Kenya’s MD for Enterprise Division Kris Senanu – right). 

Themed Preserving Heritage, Pioneering Technology, this year’s forum will be a celebration of the summit’s 10 years of existence, in addition to profiling the gains made in the industry during this period, some of which were as a result of deliberations at past installments of this Summit, helping shape the country’s ICT policies.

“As champions in ICT, we fully acknowledge that we must cut through radical transformation or slowly descend into oblivion and that is why, we’re aggressively laying the foundation to facilitate interconnection of key sectors,” says Kris Senanu, the MD of Telkom’s Enterprise Division.

In partnership with the government, Telkom now boasts of infrastructure across all 47 counties, enabling the deployment of public sector services such as the roll-out of IFMIS in counties, The County Connectivity Project, Constituency Innovation Hubs (CIH) and powering Huduma Centres.

“As we prepare to deliberate on how to further derive value from ICT investments, let us remember that ICT is no longer about infrastructure, but the relationships between the infrastructure, the people and economic value. Our greatest task at this year’s forum is to identify how human habits are modifying to match technology,” concludes  Senanu.

Telkom has in the recent past reiterated commitment to innovation in product and service offering, deploying pioneer technologies that impact customers. One such initiative is the partnership with Loon Inc., a sister company to Google, to deploy in 2019, high altitude Internet balloons that will provide extended 4G coverage to rural and sub-urban areas in Kenya. This is in addition to the current aggressive network expansion and upgrade across the

Meanwhile, the ICT CS Joe Mucheru also launched the 2018 Connected Kenya ICT Innovation Awards which will see young Kenyan innovators feted during the Connected Kenya Summit.

The ICT Innovation awards celebrate Kenyan entrepreneurs that have created new ICT solutions. Over 45 ICT products and services have been awarded since the inaugural awards which were held at the Connected Kenya Summit in 2011.

Applications for the Innovation awards are open to Kenyan startups and innovators from the event’s portal.

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