The project is being implemented through the Universal Service Fund (USF) that seeks to avail communications services in underserved and underserved areas in Kenya.
“With the additional 101-sub locations earmarked in the second phase, the Authority intends to narrow the gap of those unserved and under-served areas in Kenya by the year 2022.”Mrs. Mercy Wanjau, Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) Director General.
Safaricom PLC, Airtel Networks Kenya Ltd, American Towers Company (ATC) Kenya Operations Limited, Seal Towers Limited and Alan Dick & Company (East Africa) Limited were awarded the contract to roll out the infrastructure and services in the sub-locations spread across 17 marginalized counties in Kenya.
The sub locations are in Turkana, Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, Garrissa, Isiolo, Samburu, Kajiado, Kilifi ,Kitui, Laikipia, West Pokot, Narok, Mandera, Tana River, Wajir, Lamu, and Marsabit Counties.
“This will allow Safaricom to roll out mobile connectivity in 101 sub-locations across the country as we seek to ensure that all areas of Kenya are connected.”Peter Ndegwa, CEO of Safaricom
The awarding of the tenders now paves way for the implementation of Phase 2 of the Voice Infrastructure and Services Project that will spur increased mobile voice and broadband connectivity and in effect open new possibilities to citizens in the beneficiary areas.