Information CS Joe Mucheru has revealed that government is planning to provide free Wi-Fi in key towns to boost Internet communication.
The CS explained how the government will achieve its Wi-Fi plan, saying government plans to pay for data bundles from Internet Service Providers, adding a leg up to communication between businesses people and their customers.
Futhering, the CS said business is the supreme reason for the venture as many businesses will have the opportunity to advertise their products, stock and services online, enabling them get a lot of customers.
Mucheru hinted that business owners will now be granted the chance to use social media websites such Facebook and Twitter, while others will use their businesses website and mobile phone social app popularly known as Whatsapp.
Speaking at Limuru town on Wednesday when he toured the pilot incubation project to examine it and check its strength, so as to enable the government role it to other key towns and cities in the country, the CS said the Wi-Fi project will help boost the economy. Mucheru said:
“We are testing and checking the strength to know if the project will be viable. We plan to reduce the cost of data bundles people purchase every day.”
The CS stated the possible time the free Wi-Fi project is expected to be launched by the government, placing it when the ministry completes the viability studies of the project to traders.
Limuru MP John Kiragu, who was present at the event in Mucheru, lauded the administration for the bright idea. Kiragu said the platform will also help sell many upcoming musicians and other artists who will find it easy to network.
A Limuru town movie producer, John Njenga, said the free Wi-Fi will help him and other talents to conduct research easily without worrying about purchasing data. Njenga said:
“This will be a big boost to the film industry.”
While many have praised the venture, describing it as viable, some others have described it as a misplaced priority given that there are a lot to be done than focusing on digital.