Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sh260m to hook schools to Internet

ICT Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'I (left) and Wananchi Group non-executive chairman Richard Bell during a press briefing at the Hilton Hotel in Nairobi on February 5, 2014. Wananchi Group has kicked off a Sh260 million project that aims to provide all schools in Nairobi with free Internet. PHOTO/SALATON NJAU

ICT Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'I (left) and Wananchi Group non-executive chairman Richard Bell during a press briefing at the Hilton Hotel in Nairobi on February 5, 2014. Wananchi Group has kicked off a Sh260 million project that aims to provide all schools in Nairobi with free Internet. PHOTO/SALATON NJAU 

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Wananchi Group has kicked off a Sh260 million project that aims to provide all schools in Nairobi with free Internet.

Under the project dubbed WaZED, the Internet Service Provider will leverage on its fibre infrastructure to connect an estimated 2,715 pre-primary, primary and secondary schools to the network.
Wananchi Group chief executive, Mr Richard Bell, said the project will be piloted in two phases.

“After the roll out, the project will be tried out for 15 months in 245 schools, with constant evaluation of its progress,” said Mr Bell.

It becomes the latest firm to venture into creation of ICT education hubs; Airtel last year launched a similar initiative meant to benefit 18 schools in Kenya with 5 Gigabyte high speed Internet.