Fred Matiangi, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communication and Technology attributed the development to the current economic growth in the country.
“The Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) sector in the country has recorded a 13.4 percent growth as reported in the 2015 economic report,” he said during the opening of a three day 2015 Annual Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO) in Nairobi.
He said that an increase in mobile and data services has led to an increased access to better quality and more affordable broadband connectivity as well as unprecedented innovative ICT services.
Matiangi described digital services such as e-banking, e-health, e-commerce, e-education as more popular among Kenyans since more people access affordable smart devices.
“Kenya is implementing a national Broadband Strategy 2013-17 that has so far increased broadband penetration to the current 12.39 per cent, a figure he said was still lower than the global rate of 37.2 per cent,” he added.
Matiangi added that there is hope for further increase in broadband penetration following the release of frequencies following the migration from analogue to digital broadcasting.
He said the Government has prioritized ICT as a critical enabler for other sectors and put in place measures to support it.
“The goal we have is to build and ultimately sustain momentum of the impact of ICTs on sustainable development,” he said.
He observed that the country’s goal is to build and ultimately sustain momentum of the impact of ICTs on sustainable development noting that Kenya has over 34.8 million mobile subscribers representing a penetration of 85.5 percent of the population.
Today, innovations have created meaningful source of livelihood for many people, citing mobile telephony, especially mobile money transfer services which have empowered rural population to transact by means of low-end mobile devices and also created financial inclusion.
The Director General of Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) Francis Wangusi stressed the need for ICT players to remain awake of challenges occasioned by the broadband revolution, key among them being cybercrime, which is viewed as the fifth dimension of warfare after space, sea, land and air.
Wangusi said Kenya has furthered its efforts towards building her own networks of dealing with cybercrime such as the recent step to join the Forum for Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) – an international confederation of trusted CIRTs who cooperatively handle computer security incidents and promote incident prevention programs.
The theme of this year’s forum was ‘Towards a connected commonwealth’ and its aim was exploring ways that will enhance inter-connectivity among commonwealth countries.