Kenya has been picked to host a public domain server, in a more than Sh 13.2 Billion ($ 150 million) ICT Infrastructure development project that promises faster and cheaper internet access to consumers in Africa.
Basically such a platform enables your computer or phones locate addresses of websites and Apps that one wants to connect to.
Currently Kenya and other economies in the continent depend on severs by big companies like Google, hosted outside the continent taking a lot of time to connect to various websites.
However the new development will lower connection period from 180 milliseconds to slightly lower than 20 milliseconds when the servers come closer home.
An independent data, voice and IP provider, Liquid Telecom yesterday confirmed it will start rolling out its own domains in Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe and South Africa over the next three months.
The Econet Wireless Global Subsidiary that launched in the country last year said it is investing in a project that will deliver data over more efficient fiber optic lines- with no greater speed restrictions.
“Lack of high speed last mile connectivity still hampers effective uptake of internet services in the country and larger Sub-Saharan Africa especially in remote areas,” said Liquid Telecom Kenya Chief executive officer, Ben Roberts.
More houses and corporate are still not connected with fibre network, with the Sub-Saharan region having a 36 percent connection rate of those living 50Kilometers closer to the network.
The company has already spent Sh $ 20million out of $ 50 million budgeted for Kenya in fibre network development and expansion of its data center.
Last month it invested Sh 175 million to connect Siaya County with high speed internet and is targeting Eldoret, Malindi and Garissa counties by year end.
The firm is leveraging on Kenya power and government fibre backbones to roll out its internet services in an infrastructure sharing arrangement in the country.