Telkom has partnered with Nairobi County Government and Meelin Media Limited to set up free, wireless internet in select parts of the Nairobi Central Business District. This is being done under an initiative dubbed Link Kenya Project.
Already, three internet hotspots have been identified within the central business district, 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 support the initiative.
Telkom Kenya runs similar initiatives facilitating connectivity to the innovation hubs in all the 210 Constituencies in the country.
According to Kris Senanu – Managing Director, Telkom Enterprise, this initiative is a boost to the government’s efforts to bridge existing gaps in internet connectivity.
“We are continually working to connect people who keep Kenya on the move. This is at the core of our vision as a company,” he said
Mr. Senanu added that with the critical role that the internet plays in day-to-day lives, it is important that access is enhanced for as many people as possible to connect with family, enjoy government service and do business.
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.
The initiatives looks to partner with other like-minded players to help in the dissemination of critical social and educative information layered on connectivity and via the visual kiosks.