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Sh7.8 billion windfall for local ICT sector

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The Kenya Government and the World Bank have initiated a Sh7.8 billion ICT project to revolutionise the ICT sector in the country.

The Kenya Transparency and Communication Infrastructure Project (KTCIP) will provide connectivity for the country's emerging business process outsourcing industry, support the creation of digital villages in rural and urban areas and accelerate provision of e-Government services. It has allocated Sh2.2 billion out of which Sh1.2 billion will be used to boost the broadband capacity of universities and technical colleges and other related social institutions. It will also support the establishment of seamless, effective and affordable inter-university connectivity. Sh469 million will be used to boost broadband capacity of government users. Currently, these users are accessing voice and Internet through a satellite link dimensioned at 514Kbits shared by about 6,000 computers with access to the Internet serving 170,000 civil servants. A further Sh268 million will support the establishment of a Government Information Sh201 million will facilitate the development of innovative communication and information applications deployed on mobile phones through SMS and Interactive Voice Recognition (IVR) technologies.

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