Kenya to dethrone Nigeria and Egypt as Africa’s top ICT hub

Kenya is eyeing a top position in terms of internet connectivity and usage in Africa with the country gearing to beat Nigeria and Egypt, which are considered giants in the industry, according to a report by research group, Statista.

The government has said it is addressing internet infrastructural challenges that have hindered the ICT sector thereby making it less convenient and productive.

Information, Communications and Technology Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru said the government has created an enabling environment to make the country a continental leader in the industry.

“The ICT ministry is fully committed to the illustrious journey of tackling infrastructure challenges of connectivity as a strategy to position the country as the industry leader in the continent, by establishing vibrant sector management structures and giving policy guidelines,” said Mucheru.

He said the policies included the launch of four submarine cables (TEAMS, SEACOM, EASY, and LIONS) and the roll out of ICT innovation hubs with free Wi-Fi in the 290 constituencies by June next year.

Early this year, Kenya was ranked third after Nigeria and Egypt in terms of internet usage by Statista, one of the world’s largest statistics portals.

According to Statista’s report, as of January this year, Nigeria had 91.21 million internet users followed with Egypt with 48.3 million while Kenya had 31.99 million.

Mucheru’s remarks were contained in a speech read recently on his behalf by Broadcasting and Telecommunications Principal Secretary, Sammy Itemere during the launch of Intrasoft International Africa regional headquarters.

The CS advised investors in the ICT sector to take advantage of the conducive investment environment and roll out their business in Kenya.

He added that with a vibrant ICT sector, global companies such as Intrasoft would be able to penetrate the Kenyan market to support existing systems and offer innovative solutions that optimize efficiency and productivity.

“The government has put in place good policies that will shape technology stakeholders’ investment strategy in view of the need to maintain an acceptable level of profitability mid rising costs and declining revenue growth,” said Mucheru.

He lauded Intrasoft International for choosing Kenya to host their regional offices. Intrasoft International is a leading European ICT solutions and services group that serves the needs of EU institutions, national governments, telcos, bank, and private sector enterprises.

The firm has secured a contract with the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) in its data warehouse and business intelligence project as a strategic sub-contractor for the implementation of components of the solution and delivery of Risk Analysis Module of its proprietary ESKORT Compliance Application Suite.

It has also won a contract for implementation of National Social Security Fund’s (NSSF) Pension administration system.

 

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