The government is constructing a 630-kilometre high-speed fibre optic cable that will run from Nadapal on the Kenyan border with South Sudan and pass through a number of counties in the Rift Valley, ending up at Eldoret.
The project will serve the region in addition to the recently rehabilitated Eldoret-Nakodok fibre optic cable which was commissioned by the Ministry of Information, Communication, and Technology.
Dr Katherine Getao, the Authority’s CEO said during the commissioning ceremony that the agency had completed the rehabilitation of the fiber optic cable from Eldoret town and extended a wireless solution to the Nadapal border post.
Funded by the government of Kenya and the World-Bank, the KSh 2.9 billion project is expected to open up the Northern frontier’s remote regions to better communication and lower internet costs in associated towns with estimated internet speeds of up to 100 gigabytes per second (GB/s).
The project will run through Eldoret, Kitale, Lodwar, Kakuma, Lokichar, and Lokichogio according to Turkana County governor Josephat Nanok who spoke during the launch.
The project will also benefit telecommunication operators and other connected services in Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, Turkana, and West Pokot as well as the entire Northern Rift.
Part of the project which is a component of the US$500M South Sudan-Eastern Africa Regional Transport, Trade, and Development Facilitation Programme (EARTTDFP) project that aims to connect Kenya and South Sudan, includes the construction of a 338km road from Lokichar to the South Sudanese border and the construction of Kainuk Bridge at the border of Turkana and West Pokot counties.
The World Bank will finance the construction.