CA and ICTA Sign Agreement For Last Mile Fibre Connectivity To 19 Counties
The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) and the ICT Authority (ICTA) have today signed an agreement on the deployment of last mile fibre optic cable connectivity across 19 unserved and underserved Counties.
The Technical Cooperation Agreement (TCA) will see the CA support the deployment of fibre in the selected Counties at a cost of KSh. 5 billion through the Universal Service Fund (USF).
The Counties targeted in this project include Turkana, West Pokot, Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, Samburu, Marsabit, Mandera, Tana River, Lamu, Kilifi, Kwale, Kitui, Laikipia, Isiolo, Garissa, Wajir, Kitui, Makueni, Kajiado and Narok.
The project supports the Government Digital Transformation Agenda (GoDTA) on the deployment of 100,000 kilometres of fibre, as part of efforts to enhance access to broadband across the country.
‘‘What we are doing today is phenomenal and will greatly transform the country in the years to come,’’ said CA Director General Mr. Ezra Chiloba at the signing ceremony.
ICTA Chief Executive Officer Stanley Kamanguya hailed the partnership with CA which go a long way in the attainment of the digital transformation agenda. ‘‘It is an interesting time to begin the 100,000 kilometre journey,’’ he observed.
The Project shall be implemented within a maximum period of three (3) years. Today’s agreement gives effect the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the two institutions in December 2022.
The USF, which is administered by the CA, was created to enhance the deployment of communications services in areas that are unserved and underserved across the country.