Fibre network set to bridge digital gap in four counties


Governor Josphat Nanok when he flagged off the project on October 23. PHOTO | PETER WARUTUMO | NMG

Business activities in Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, Turkana and West Pokot counties will receive a major boost on completion of Eldoret-Nakodok fibre optic cable network.

The 630km high speed fibre optic cable was commissioned last Friday. It is jointly funded by the government of Kenya and World Bank at a cost of Sh3 billion.

The project set for completion in December 2021 will further accelerate development expected from the construction of a World Bank-funded 338 kilometre road from Lokichar to Kainuk bridge, which links Turkana and West Pokot counties.

The two projects are part of the Sh54 billion South Sudan-Eastern Africa Regional Transport, Trade and Development Facilitation Programme (EARTTDFP) that connects Kenya and South Sudan through the laying of a fibre-optic cable and construction of a superhighway.

ICT Authority chief executive Katherine Getao said completion of the fibre optic cable network from Eldoret town will result in a reliable internet link to the four counties.

Speaking during the commissioning of the EARTTDFP project in Nadapal, Dr Getao said institutions along the fibre cable corridor including hospitals, government offices, schools and telecommunication operators will enjoy internet connectivity with speeds of 100 gigabytes.

Turkana governor Josephat Nanok welcomed the project noting that it would enhance cross-border trade between Kenya and South Sudan.

“Towns such as Eldoret, Kitale, Lodwar, Kakuma, Lokichar and Lokichoggio will greatly benefit from the new fibre optic cable in line plans to transform lives through smart ICT infrastructure and bridge the digital divide,” he said.