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CA disburses Sh2bn telcos cash to bridge digital divide - 3 Jan 2018 12:48

By: Muthoki Mumo

The Communications Authority (CA) last year disbursed Sh2.1 billion from the Universal Service Fund, money contributed by telecom firms for projects to bridge the digital divide in Kenya. In a statement to the Business Daily, the regulator said most of the money went towards expanding voice infrastructure in underserved regions of the country. Mobile network operators were awarded contracts worth Sh1.25 billion to expand their voice services to 78 sub-locations across the country. These sub-locations were identified in a 2016 study on the gaps in access to telecom services and most of them are in northern Kenya. In addition, the CA says that it is spending Sh837 million to subsidise the connection of 896 public secondary schools from the 47 counties to high speed Internet. This project is being carried out in partnership with the Ministry of Education. The CA signed the contracts for connecting the secondary schools last year ...
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