Kenya’s government will offer 48 percent of its 100,000 kilometres (km) national fibre optic network project to the private sector, Business Daily newspaper reported, citing ICT Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo.

He stated that the government will lay down 52 percent or 52,000 km while the rest will be laid by the private sector.

The government will lay down an initial 5,000 km of fibre cable by June, with the full rollout of the 100,000 km expected to stretch over the five-year term of President William Ruto. 

The project is part of the infrastructure pillar of the country’s digital transformation agenda and strives to provide stable and cost-effective internet access across the African nation. 

(Writing by P Deol; Editing by Anoop Menon)