The government has announced a revision to its timeline for achieving nationwide internet connectivity, bringing forward the target year from 2027 to 2026.

According to Mr. Eliud Owalo, the Cabinet Secretary for ICT and Digital Economy, this decision is based on the significant progress made in the past year and the crucial role of ICT in implementing the Bottom-Up Economic Transformation Agenda.

The Kenya Kwanza administration’s adjustment of internet connectivity timelines reflects the strides made and underscores ICT’s pivotal role in the nation’s economic transformation agenda.

CS Owalo highlighted a partnership between the Ministry of ICT and Digital Economy and Kenya Power Company, facilitating the rollout of 100,000 kilometers of fiber optic cable using existing Kenya Power infrastructure instead of underground installation.

This shift in strategy means that internet connectivity will extend wherever electricity is available, leveraging Kenya’s extensive power infrastructure for nationwide internet access.

Speaking at the launch of digital hubs in Bondo Technical Training Institute and Gobei Secondary School in Siaya County, CS Owalo emphasized that nationwide connectivity would accelerate the adoption of government digital services, digital employment opportunities, and e-commerce.

Owalo cited the availability of over sixteen thousand government services on the E-citizen platform, enabling citizens to conduct government transactions remotely. Additionally, over 25,000 hotspots are being established in markets to promote e-commerce and enhance traders’ profitability.

The CS disclosed that over 200 digital hubs have been established in TVET and TTIs nationwide, with 390,000 youths trained in ICT skills. Furthermore, 139,000 digital jobs have been created in the past year.

Highlighting the digital space’s transformative potential, Owalo projected the creation of at least 2 million digital jobs within the next two years, providing abundant opportunities for youth empowerment.

Accompanied by Bondo MP Dr. Gideon Ochanda and former Rarieda MP Eng. Nicholas Gumbo, the CS reaffirmed the government’s commitment to establishing digital hubs in every ward, collaborating with local leaders to ensure community-wide access to digital facilities.

Encouraging public engagement, Owalo urged citizens to advocate for digital hubs through their County Assembly members, emphasizing the importance of collaboration between MPs and MCAs in establishing these vital facilities in every ward.

The CS emphasized that citizens’ involvement is crucial for ensuring equitable digital access, underscoring the government’s dedication to bridging the digital divide and fostering inclusive digital development nationwide.