Liquid Telecom Kenya in partnership with the Nakuru County launched free WIFI. All Nakuru residents will now enjoy free, fast and reliable public street Wifi connection, enabling rapid access to information vital for economic and educational advancement.
The Wifi network is estimated to cover up to a 10-kilometre radius from Nakuru’s Central Business District (CBD) with a capacity of 1 Gigabyte per second (Gbps). Users are now enjoying a connection of 200 Megabytes per second (Mbps) pool that is upgradable to 1Gbps based on demand, which Liquid Telecom will be monitoring and upgrading as the need arises.
Academic institutions in Nakuru will also enjoy free Wifi access, among them JKUAT Nakuru Campus and Mount Kenya University. This is expected to increase the use of e-learning, which increases information retention among students by up to 60 per cent, according to the Research Institute of America.
“Liquid Telecom has put in place outdoor Wifi nodes, which are designed to carry huge capacities with the ability to withstand harsh climatic conditions to guarantee maximum and uninterrupted speeds while surfing. With the built-in meshing technology incorporated in the network systems, users in Nakuru will not experience service interruptions when moving from one point to another within the areas covered in the town,” said Ben Roberts, Liquid Telecom Kenya CEO.
The project, dubbed Bila Waya, is the second attempt to provide free internet access to Nakuru residents after the initial implementation by Telkom Kenya flopped in 2014.
Liquid Telecom says it has invested Sh36.4M in the project, with more set to be invested during network optimization exercises across 2015. The success of the Nakuru Wifi project is key to Liquid Telecom’s strategy of developing viable business models for the sustainable offering of free WiFi in Africa.
Source: Capital Fm