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The Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) on Wednesday, November 9, launched free WiFi at Nairobi's City Market to facilitate e-commerce.

ICT Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo noted that the free public WiFi will be strong enough to handle transactions within the market and a circumference of a few metres around it.

“This free public WiFi will offer traders a conducive environment for e-commerce to thrive,” Owalo assured the traders when he toured City Market.

He further disclosed that the Ministry of ICT also intends to set up free WiFi nearly everywhere — across airports, restaurants, coffee shops, libraries, public transit and hotel rooms among others.

It was noted that using these free Wi-Fi hotspots is very easy and super convenient for users who lack enough money to spend on data bundles.

He explained that the WiFi will allow users to access online accounts, catch up on work, and check emails while on the go.

"We must continue to imagine and pursue the vision of the city of the future as the smart city, powered by smart digital technology.

"I have this morning officiated at the opening of the Kenya-Korea Smart City & Technology Forum in Nairobi, with emphasis on the Digital Economy in Building and Construction of Smart Cities,” CS Owalo noted.

"We must continue to imagine and pursue the vision of the City of the Future as the Smart City, powered by Smart Digital Technology," he affirmed.

While making his remarks during the launch of the free public WiFi service, ICT Authority of Kenya Board of Directors Chairman Prof. Fredrick Owino urged traders at the City Market to take advantage of the opportunity and connect with international markets.

“Now you have a chance to contact buyers and sellers in other parts of the world, right from the comfort of your phone,” Owino encouraged.

ICT Authority CEO Stanley Kamanguya assured Kenyans that more free WiFi services will be established in various parts of the country.

While touring the multi-billion project on Thursday, November 3, Owalo noted that Konza City was strategically positioned to improve technology in the country.

Owalo added that the city will play an integral role in implementing the Hustler Fund, set to be disbursed on December 1, 2022.

"For us to roll out the fund, we need cheap but adequately IT-enabled devices, this is where Konza comes in. We see Konza as a way of innovation (through which we can) manufacture handsets that can cheaply be accessed by hustlers," he explained.

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Autor(en)/Author(s): Mark Obar

Quelle/Source: Kenyans, 09.11.2022

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