World Bank helps Kenya go online



The World Bank released $135 million in loans to Kenya to expand Internet usage and improve data gathering, making its total loans commitment to the east African nation total $289.4 million this year. “From time to time, we are asked why we continue to support Kenya (but) we see an economic expansion and one of the strongest recoveries,” said World Bank Country Director Colin Bruce. Of the funding, $114.4 million will go to telecommunication infrastructure projects, such as the $10-million “digital villages” initiative to bring Internet access to villages, while the remaining amount will be allotted for enhancing data collection at the national statistics office and constructing a landing station for a submarine cable between the east African coast and Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates. At present, global broadband infrastructure is not available in Kenya, pushing the cost of satellite connection to as high as $7,500 per megabyte.

Source: World Bank gives Kenya $135 mln for Internet (Reuters)

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