State allocates Sh300 million to boost mobile network in Kitui

Mobile telecommunication tower or cell tower with antennae and electronic communications equipment. [Getty Images]

The government, through the Universal Service Fund (USF), has set aside Sh300 million to improve mobile network coverage in remote parts of Kitui County. 

This was disclosed by ICT and Digital Economy Principal Administrative Secretary Eric Kiraithe during the inspection of areas that do not have mobile network coverage in the county.  

Addressing the media in Kitui town on Friday, Kiraithe revealed that the Communication Authority of Kenya has partnered with private mobile network service providers including Safaricom, to install telephone masts in all identified zones in the county.   

The majority of the areas without mobile telephone networks are in the Eastern parts of the county including Makuka, Malawa, Malalani, Kimela and Katene, which are prone to banditry attacks. 

Kiraithe announced that in phases one and two of the project, the ministry has already commissioned the installation of the masts. 

He noted that 18 more counties are also set to  benefit from the project which is set to be completed in the next five years. 

“The connectivity will see residents living along the Kitui-Tana River border enjoy the transformation brought about by mobile communications services. It will also address the insecurity issues around the border,” he said. 

Kiraithe was optimistic that the connectivity project will enable schools to successfully integrate internet in learning, making it convenient for students and teachers.

He said the project will boost economies in the rural areas by opening up business opportunities for locals. 

The PAS urged rural communities to be at the forefront in protecting the communications infrastructure established within their localities.

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