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CA moots Ksh 89B plan to construct data centre and ICT hub

Communication Authority of Kenya has embarked on a four-year strategic plan that would realize construction of a data centre and ICT entrepreneurship hub at a cost of Ksh 88.6 billion.

The CA 2023-2027 Strategic Plan launched Wednesday by Information, Communications and Digital Economy Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo targets advocate for promotion of impactful connectivity to ICT services and increasing broadband penetration across the country.

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Speaking during the launch, Owalo encouraged the regulator to create an enabling environment that will spur growth in the communications sector.

“The Ministry is an integral stakeholder, you will need to augment our efforts, in realizing our mandate and create an enabling environment for the telecommunications sector to effectively deliver on their goals and objectives,” said Owalo.

According to the CS, An automated monitoring and evaluation framework will be effective to measure the implementation of the strategic plan.

The strategic plan is expected to among others increase broadband penetration, foster a competitive ICT market and bridge the digital divide.

The authority plans to establish an ICT institute of excellence to nurture ICT skills and foster innovation, as well as an international convention hub for entrepreneurs.

“In a departure from past iterations, this strategic plan is focused on people. We believe Digital access to all Kenyans is possible and that our mission is to enable the development of a sustainable digital society through responsive regulation of Kenya’s ICT sector,” stated David Mugonyi, CA Director General.

The plan covers four pillars which including promotion of meaningful connectivity to ICT services, empowerment and protection of ICT consumers, fostering competitive ICT markets and emerging technologies and enhancement of organizational efficiency and effectiveness.

Broadcasting and Telecommunication Principal Secretary Prof. Edward Kisiang’ani further added that country relies on CA to develop proper mechanisms to address matters related to cybersecurity and other emerging technologies.

This comes as CA won the bid to host Transform Africa Conference in August, 2024.

“It is our commitment to reach 100pc voice and data coverage across Kenya by the time we host this conference,” said Mary Mungai, CA Board Chair.

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