Kenya leads Africa’s internet access and connectivity

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Internet is making life much more bearable in Kenya, just as everyone has a right to information and freedom for expression, the internet could be your right mass and expression medium too. It is a library, gallery, theatre, consultant, radio, television, and even museum. It provides freedom for personal expression of literature, art, music, and science. It is also a media for social movement and economic liberalization. In a greatly globalised world, life without it is static and sterile.

According to report, Kenya has outdone itself in ensuring it tackles infrastructure barriers that have hindered it from emerging as a leader in the internet market. Statistics from the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) released this year indicate that internet penetration in Kenya stands at 52.3 per cent, placing it in the lead board in the region.

“Kenya has achieved a confluence of infrastructure and provision that has positioned it with the highest growth in internet take-up compared to income per capita in Africa. It has effectively become an outlier in its internet take-up, and seen Nairobi join Johannesburg as one of Africa’s two regional internet hubs,” Roberts said.

Kenya is said to have more undersea cables than its peers in the region. The nation boasts of a 20-fold increase in international bandwidth in the country to 20 gigabytes per second.

The investment in this key national and local infrastructure is absolutely key to further increasing African internet speeds and reducing the cost of internet use to all users, but the again this has to be used with lots of caution and enhanced security to avoid creating unprecedented forms of  terrorism and threats to morality.

 

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