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Telkom partners with Nairobi County to offer free WiFi in the city

Telkom Kenya on June 6, 2019 entered a partnership with the Nairobi County Government and Meelin Media Limited to provide free, secure wireless internet in select parts of the city, in an effort to bridge the connectivity gap. The initiative is dubbed Link Kenya Project. Next time you are in the city centre, you may want to enjoy the perk.

Three internet hotspots in the CBD are at Aga Khan Walk, Memorial Park and Ambassador. Each of the hotspots has a double-sided 55-inch LCD screens that will run paid advertisements to cater for the cost of maintenance.

“This initiative is a boost to the government’s efforts to bridge existing gaps in internet connectivity. Whereas internet penetration has grown over the last few years, thanks to the mobile phone, sections of the population still cannot enjoy it owing to prohibitive costs” said Kris Senanu, Managing Director, Telkom Enterprise.

The telcom has also been facilitating connectivity to innovation hubs in all the 210 constituencies, in a bid to transform the country into an information society and align to a digital economy.

“We are continually working to connect people who keep Kenya on the move. This is at the core of our vision as a company. It is the reason, we have the most unbeatable offers on data in Kenya today; and the Link Kenya Project enables us to facilitate internet access to even more people in Nairobi,’ Mr Senanu added.

“This is the first of many initiatives to bridge the connectivity gap in the cities and major towns in Kenya. Ultimately, we’re looking at connecting people easily and for free, for a better urban experience,” the Managing Director of Meelin, Davis Nyamari said.

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The Link Kenya Project is modeled on a similar initiative that was implemented in New York City in 2015, dubbed LinkNYC, which has 9.5 feet tall kiosks fitted with 55-inch HD displays and fast, secure public wi-fi in the city.