72 per cent of Kenyans lack internet access

More than 72 per cent of Kenyans lack access to the internet, while 11 per cent also lack telephone access, according to Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK).

Operators have used all possible tactics to woo customers but many Kenyans still lack access to the internet, particularly those in remote areas, reports The Standard.

According to Francis Wangusi, the CCK Director General, the most affected people are those from rural and urban areas, areas with poor security and physically challenged people.

Wangusi said the commission was working with other agencies to ensure Information Communication Technology (ICT) reached all Kenyans.

He further said that around KSh74 billion (US$868 million) is needed to complete the process of distributing ICT services in the entire country.

“Our dividend is seeing all Kenyans reaping the benefits of ICT,” he said during the official launch of the e-learning Resource centre at Werugha Community Library in Wundanyi, Taita-Taveta County.

The centre is a joint investment programme between the CCK and Kenya National Library Services (KNLS)

KNLS Director Richard Atuti said those from rural areas are unable to access internet due to their lack of funds. He urged the government and responsible authorities to enable internet availability in all libraries.

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