In partnership with Nakuru County Government, Liquid Telecom Kenya is launching free Wi-Fi service in Nakuru. According to Liquid Telecom, this move will help the residents of Nakuru County in accessing a public street Wi-Fi connection for free.
Internet access has hugely helped in boosting Kenya’s economic performance, with creating at least a thousand jobs every month in the BPO (business process outsourcing) sector since the year 2013. Recent efforts, undertaken by a number of public and private partnerships, are expected to increase Kenya’s internet access further to a much heightened level. Currently, nearly 52.3 per cent population of Kenya has access to internet, according to the Communications Authority of Kenya.
The new partnership between Liquid Telecom Kenya and the government of Nakuru County is sought to bring to the public the design and launch of a Wi Fi network that will cover a radius of 10 kilometer from the central business district. The network will be a high capacity network with speed of 1 gigabyte per second. The network is currently connected to a network capacity of 200 megabytes per second, but which is capable of upgrading up to 1 gigabyte per second on demand. Liquid Telecom will supposedly monitor and upgrade the network as and when the need arises.
Liquid Telecom Kenya’s CEO Ben Roberts said that the company has installed outdoor Wi Fi nodes, capable of carrying huge data capacity and the ability to sustain harsh climatic conditions for guaranteeing maximum and uninterrupted speeds while surfing Internet. The built-in mesh technology in the network will help Internet users in Nakuru in experiencing uninterrupted service when moving from one point to another in the area covered by the network.
51 nodes have been installed so far under the public Wi Fi plan, and the network has been prepared to serve open network accessing in open public areas such as parks and stadium.
Liquid Telecom Kenya has said that it has invested nearly $400,000 in this project and more finances will be invested during the network optimization services in 2015. Gilgil and Naivasha towns will also be connected to the free Wi Fi later in 2015.