Auma Obama’s Sauti Kuu Foundation in Bondo has benefited from upgrades and received Sh5 million worth of equipment and connectivity donation from one of Africa’s leading data, voice and IP provider Liquid Telecom.
Liquid Telecom has already installed a 24-meter communications tower at Sauti Kuu Foundation (SKF), in Alego K’Ogelo village in Siaya, creating the capacity to connect thousands more Siaya residents to high-speed internet.
The company is upgrading the existing Sh175m fibre optic highway it installed through Siaya in 2014 to deliver up to 100Mbps to Siaya’s local residents. The new tower will mean the ISP can provide the local high-speed connections across the county from the main data ‘superhighway’ that traverses Siaya and provides 800 Gbps of data capacity between Kenya and Uganda.
The regional communications tower will also be connecting the Sauti Kuu sports, recourse and vocational training centre in Alego village, which is due to be inaugurated by the 44th US President Barack Obama on Monday 16 July.
“The tower at Sauti Kuu brings terrestrial high-speed wireless internet to Alego village for the first time, giving us the opportunity to connect schools, businesses and individuals.
The connection will also serve to further help address the existing digital divide and increase localised economic growth,” said Ben Roberts, Chairman of Liquid Telecom Kenya.
Liquid Telecom has already connected 24 schools in Siaya County, including Senator Obama
Secondary, in a project with the Universal Service Fund (USF) directed by the Communications Authority of Kenya.
The company also provides the connectivity for Siaya County Government and all its sub-county offices to the internet and to the central government systems.
“We are also upgrading the existing satellite link to Senator Obama Secondary School to a
terrestrial wireless link bringing higher speeds to the school and residents of Nyang’oma Kogelo village,” Ben added.
Besides the network upgrades, African philanthropist Strive Masiyawa has donated desk
workstations, networking and Wi-Fi equipment to the Sauti Kuu Foundation, in a contribution made by his company Liquid Telecom. This will enable the foundation to connect its offices and ICT centre to the internet, which is a key need in delivering the information and learning space.
“We are proud to partner with Sauti Kuu to further enhance the impact of our previous
investments in Siaya county, for which reason we have donated Sh1.5m in equipment and
furniture and Sh3.5m in connectivity, totaling Sh5m. We will, further, support the centre with 20Mbps of internet connectivity for the next 3 years,” he said.
Liquid Telecom will additionally provide a dedicated internet link of 200Mbps to enable
uninterrupted live streaming of the inauguration ceremony of the Sauti Kuu Sports, Resource and Vocational Training Centre on Monday.
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