Government Saves Sh170 Billion with New Fibre Optic Deal

The Kenyan government is set to save Sh170 billion through a strategic arrangement between Kenya Power and the Ministry of Information, Communications, and The Digital Economy. It leverages Kenya Power’s transmission lines to roll out 100,000 kilometers of fibre optic cables countrywide, resulting in a massive reduction of costs and enhanced efficiency.

Affordability and Efficiency

The Information Communications and the Digital Economy Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo said the plan to dig trenches and put cables inside could have cost taxpayers Sh2.3 million per kilometer. That plan was blown away because the country is now using existing power transmission lines to install the cables. Using the Kenya Power transmission lines, the country will only spend Sh600,000 per kilometer without causing any disruption of activities. This is what makes it cheaper and highly effective. According to him, “The use of Kenya Power transmission lines to deliver the 100,000 kilometers of fibre optic cable is not only cheap but will also see us complete the job a year earlier than anticipated.”

Faster Rollout

According to the pact between Kenya Power and the ministry, the optic fiber cable network project must be finalized by 2026, a year before the initial target of 2027. With this ambitious timeline, the hurdle for faster delivery on internet connectivity speeds for households and businesses will be a reality. Owalo made the statement during an address to Nyamira Girls High School in Siaya County.

Digital Inclusion

The deployment of fibre optic cables through Kenya Power’s infrastructure seeks to ensure that every household and business with a power meter gets connected with high-speed internet. In the
The creation of the hubs forms part of a grand plan in reducing rural-urban migration through the creation of local jobs through digital platforms. Connected to high-speed internet, the hubs will power youth to work online—connected to firms globally—without having to move to physical offices in cities for work. Meanwhile, the former Prime Minister lauded the multiplier effect of the digital hubs among youth, urging them to envision a time when they establish their personal digital hubs, thus encouraging local economic development.

Up-Scale E-Learning

The government has also advanced e-learning opportunities on their platforms to democratize access to education, leading to inclusivity in higher education. Some 2,000 students are currently training through the e-learning platform at Konza. President William Ruto launched the Konza e-learning platform last October.


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