Internet connectivity enhances government services in Western Kenya – KBC


Internet connectivity in Western Kenya has improved significantly over the past few years following the implementation of the National Fiber Nuclear Fiber Network (NOFBI) Phases I and Two.

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NOFBI, a national government project began to be implemented in Phase from 2012, with the first Phase, NOFBI 1 connecting 18 Counties.

Later NOFBI II which saw all forty-seven counties merged and now NOFBI IIE which is a NOFBII Extension which connects sub-counties.

According to Kisumu County ICT Officer Seif Ouma, Kisumu as a hub serves Vihiga, Kakamega, Homa Bay, Siaya and other neighboring counties.

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He told KNA that in the Nyanza Regional Building, 90% of departments are connected with National Government Offices and County Governments.

“Internet service is high and the intercom is working properly (IP Telephony),” he added.

Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital, Local Area Network which was completed under the Universal Health Care Project and NOFBI is integrated with LAN.

At Kisumu International Airport, NOFBI is used as a second nursing home to act as an unwanted nursery if the primary nursing goes down.

Other connected offices include the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA), the Kenya Information Agency (KNA) offices, the Immigration Department, Kisumu Central, Kisumu East, Muhoroni, Nyando, Nyakach and County Commissioners’ Offices. Seme.

In Kisumu West county offices, the fibers have been suspended at the National Government Office (NG-CDF) offices since the DCC building was suspended.

The ICT official says the Kisumu County End Mile Reunion Project has been implemented in the Nyanza Regional Building the largest building in the region with three wings and each wing has thirteen floors except the middle wing and fifteen floors.

“The building is well connected to the Internet and IP Telephony service,” he adds.

He said under the Digital Learning Program (DLP) project, 61 out of 615 Primary Schools received Digital Learning materials.

In a partnership between the Ministry of ICT Innovation and Youth Affairs and the Kisumu County Government 8,000 young people were trained on online work at Tom Mboya College of Work and University of Nairobi Kisumu branch.

The Kisumu High Court is also benefiting from the internet connection and is implementing the installation of the Court’s advice and the part of the Jobs team that was trained is the one carrying out the ongoing digital search.

However, the problem of power outages in the past has affected the seamless connection as Kisumu is the network hub for the Western and Nyanza Regions.

But once the power supply line from Olkaria to Lessos and then Kisumu is complete, the problem will be a thing of the past.

Ouma feels that there is a great need from other clients to connect with NOFBI and limited resources are available to cover a wide area and the lack of ICT facilities in Kisumu where young people can access digital equipment and free internet for their online work.

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