Kwale County launches free street Wi-Fi and online portal
Technology and innovation has stirred up the ongoing rapid growth of a number of businesses all over Africa. Digital Africa has been the main steering vision that has steered many to ensure that internet connection is accessible far and beyond within their territorial reach. Kenya has been the hotbed of opportunities giving room for such networks to flourish and blossom.
The leading independent data, voice and IP provider in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa has graced its influence in the coast regions of Kenya, etching another name to its map of network. Liquid Telecom unveiled its first free street Wifi in Braza Park and Ukunda, Kwale county. The company as well launched an online service portal, dubbed KwalePay.
KwalePay will be a one-stop online gateway to all the county government’s services, which means that residents can get business licences, pay land rent and access council services from their mobile phones, home computers and cybercafés.
Liquid Telecom has also installed a Wide Area Network (WAN) for the county government, connecting its headquarters with its regional offices in Msambweni, Matuga, Lunga Lunga and Kinango via a 36km-radius network.
This venture has etched Kwale’s name into joining 39 counties that have already set-up digitalised systems that have their services accessed online. However, the county is in the category of a few other counties with a free street Wi-Fi.
Nakuru has had a huge success with the company’s internet accessin Afraha stadium that has attracted a number of businesses as well.
The “hot-spot” as it were has been a ‘chill spot’ especially for many students who have found the area being a conducive environment to carry out internet research for their projects.
The stadium too has grown to be a known arena for a number offootball matches being held over the weekend, and temporary business have benefited from the resources too.