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Kenya and South Sudan In Plans To Connect Countries via Fibre Optic Cables

ICT Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i during the signing of a MOU with his South Sudanese counterpart Rebecca Joshua Okwaci (left) for laying fibre optic cable from Eldoret to Juba assisted by ICT ministry legal officer Christopher Maina (standing)

ICT Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i during the signing of a MOU with his South Sudanese counterpart Rebecca Joshua Okwaci (left) for laying fibre optic cable from Eldoret to Juba assisted by ICT ministry legal officer Christopher Maina (standing)

Kenya and South Sudan have signed an agreement that will see the two countries connected by fibre optic cable.

South Sudan’s ICT minister Rebecca Joshua Okwaci and her Kenyan counterpart Fred Matiang’i signed the memorandum of understanding Friday that will actualize laying of the cable from Eldoret to Juba.

The project, to be funded by World Bank, is set to run concurrently with the construction of the Northern Corridor road network.

Fibre optic cable offers reliable and huge data capacity convenient for video conferencing and telemedicine.

“Kenya will be responsible for the laying of the cable from Eldoret to the border, while the government of South Sudan will lay it from the border to Juba and further to other parts of the country,” said Mr Matiang’i.

He noted that part of the project, however, will be part of the second phase of the inland nationwide network National Optic Fibre Backbone Infrastructure plan that is expected to cover 2,100 kilometres and link all of Kenya’s 47 county headquarters.

Ms Okwaci added that the project would go a long way in building South Sudan’s infrastructure and ensure that the country is not left behind in the ongoing development of the region.

“We are a landlocked country and do not even have an inch of fibre optic cable; this project will ensure that we have a better way of communicating with the rest of the world,” she said.

Source: Business Daily Africa

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