Orange, in partnership with INFONET,a Kenyan based innovations group working towards improving interactions between government, civil society and citizens through ICTs, will power the Wi-Fi access to be provided to residents of Nakuru town, giving them free access to the Internet.
This initiative by the Nakuru County Government and the State House Digital team is in line with Orange’s strategy of enhancing the use of its infrastructure to offer value-added data and voice solutions to the counties.
Nakuru is set to become the first Kenyan town to provide free Wi-Fi to its residents in the country, and the third in Africa after Kigali, Rwanda and Cape Town, South Africa and the sixteenth globally.
The Wi-Fi range will work within a 10-kilometer radius, in the first phase, covering Nakuru Town’s Central Business District (CBD). The county government expects to extend this to other parts of Nakuru progressively. With seven base stations spread across the CBD, users will be allowed 24-hour unlimited data usage. Movie downloads and visits to adult sites will however be restricted.
Orange CEO Mickael Ghossein said that the provision of free wireless Internet to the counties across the country will help in making the counties more accessible for business, as well as assist the county governments to improve their service offering through integrated ICT solutions.