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Telkom partner with counties to deliver internet

10 April 2014, 18:47

Nairobi - Orange Telkom, the integrated telecommunications service provider, said it was keen on delivering key services to local counties by engaging with governments on a public-private-partnership (PPP) basis.

As part of its strategy to offer customised end-to-end solutions for all its clients across sectors countrywide, the telecoms operator said it had already connected 27 Governors’ offices and County Assemblies to its network.

The company’s Chief Executive Officer, Mickael Ghossein, said that this represented Orange’s first level of engagement with the counties as the company moved to connecting sub-counties as well as customising ICT products that would help the counties to efficiently and effectively deliver services to residents.

“Among the areas we can support the county governments include e-Security, Optimised Revenue Management and Optimised County Resource Management, Business-Continuity Management, Robust Public Transport and Fleet Management, Call Centres, efficiency in e-health Services, Education and Agriculture,” stated Ghossein.

Chief Business Transformation and SMEs Officer, Mireille Helou, said the company had taken time to understand each county, enabling the business offer to the counties solutions that will meet their specific needs.

“We have started with Internet connectivity to ensure that the services that will be rolled out by the county governments under the PPP model will run efficiently on our extensive Orange Fibre Optic network,” she added.

Helou said Orange is also planning on setting up knowledge centres in the counties.

The centres will tap into the local IT skills and talent in the county to make access and sharing of information easier within the counties.

“This will be any information on the best farming practices and the kind of crops that can do well in that particular area. We will be partnering with content providers to deliver relevant content to the residents through the centre,” she said.

In addition, high speed Internet connectivity provided at the centres will enable easy and fast streaming of educational material, the official added.

– CAJ News.

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