Kenyans To Experience Internet Disruptions For Six Weeks

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The Kenyan government has announced the internet disruptions effective from the end of this month for six coming weeks.

ICT Principal Secretary Jerome Ochieng said the disruptions will be caused by an infrastructural adjustment involving the relocation of the internet cables ahead of constructing a 234-kilometre highway to ease traffic congestion on the northern corridor.

The construction project is set to begin in September, said Transportation Cabinet Secretary James Macharia. It was awarded to a French consortium made up of Vinci Highways SAS, Meridian Infrastructure Africa Fund, and Vinci Concessions SAS.

The project will see the Nairobi to Mau Summit road expanded into a four-lane dual carriageway through a Public-Private Partnership model.

The Nairobi-Mau Summit road project is part of the Trans-African Highway—the main transport route serving East and Central African countries from the port of Mombasa, the coastal part of the country.

"State Department of ICT and Innovation will undertake the relocation of fibre infrastructure to minimize downtime, it will take up to six weeks, and there will be disruptions during the period," said Mr Jerome Ochieng’.

Relocation will be carried out in four lots: Rironi-Naivasha via Mai Mahiu, Rironi-Naivasha, Naivasha-Nakuru, and Nakuru-Mau Summit.

The new design will connect to all government sites and institutions along the road and the existing licensed internet service providers and telcos

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