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Report says internet still inaccessible

16 December 2013, 12:12

Nairobi - Accessibility to quality and affordable internet is still a hurdle to a majority Kenyans.

This is according to an exclusive report by Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI).

The report additionally states that in other developing countries that have people living below KES172 are also facing the same challenge.

A4AI avails a study of 46 countries that have greater or higher adoption of ICT or internet use.

Out of the 46 countries, Kenya is ranked position 18 in use of internet and associated services.

The ranking criteria was based on communication infrastructure and technology in the respective countries.

Kenya was fifth in Africa behind South Africa, Botswana, Mauritius and Morocco.

Four years ago Kenya went buzz in headlines as it laid three fibre optic cables across the Indian Ocean to upgrade internet services as well as connection and affordability in the country.

According to A4AI Chairperson Bitange Ndemo, Kenya should be fairing on better in internet accessibility and affordability since it had achieved a lot by laying the fibre optic cables.

He said that A4AI data indicates that in just two years, the United Nations Broadband Commission target is for everyone everywhere to be able to access broadband internet at a cost less than 5 percent of their monthly income.

This is after the data showed that people living below USD 2 in the selected countries were spending over 40 percent of their income on internet due its poor quality and high charges by the providers.

“There is still a long way to go if the goal is to be achieved particularly for the world’s poorest,” said the former Kenyan Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication.

– CAJ News


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