From left to right: Nakuru County Governor Kinuthia Mbugua, Director of Digital Communications Dennis Itumbi and Liquid Telecom Kenya CEO Ben Roberts testing the Wi-Fi speeds during the launch of Bila Waya in Nakuru.

Nakuru County Government has partnered with Liquid Telecom Kenya to launch free WiFi in Nakuru. The wi-fi network will cover a 10 kilometre radius from the central business district with a capacity of 1 Gigabyte per second. Liquid Telecom will be monitoring the network and upgrading as needs arise.

“Liquid Telecom has put in place outdoor Wifi nodes, which are designed to carry huge capacities with the ability to withstand harsh climatic conditions to guarantee maximum and uninterrupted speeds while surfing. With the built-in meshing technology incorporated in the network systems, users in Nakuru will not experience service interruptions when moving from one point to another within the areas covered in the town,” said Ben Roberts, Liquid Telecom Kenya CEO.

The first phase of the project covers the county’s most busy and populated areas like Afraha Stadium, county headquarters, main bus terminus and Kenyatta street. The free internet will be accessible to academic institutions in Nakururu such as JKUAT Nakuru and Mount Kenya University.

Gilgil, Naivasha and Egerton University are also set to be connected to free WiFi in 2015 while Bungoma County is already connected. You can read about that here.