Kenya's Silicon Savannah
The big game changer for Kenya and other subsaharan nations has been the laying of undersea fibre optic internet cables such as EASSy. Kenya now has some of the fastest broadband speeds in Africa and is investing heavily in ICT with a view to rebranding Nairobi as Silicon Savannah. This is more than a dream. Kenya has already changed rapidly with mobile phone penetration reaching more than 85%.
Konza Technology City is a multibillion pound gamble by the Kenyan government to establish Nairobi as the technology capital of Africa. The location of Konza is textbook stuff - 60 kilometres from Nairobi, Kenya’s capital and largest city. A modern motorway connects Konza to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, and the port city of Mombasa, Kenya’s second-largest city.
If all goes to plan, Konza Tech City will provide:
Nairobi's hangout for computer Nerds
iHub is a good example of the progress being made to develop tech in Nairobi. iHub fosters computer nerds - African style. Employing over 900 people, it serves as the unofficial heart of Silicon Savannah.
Technology has to to adapt to serve African people. The Nerds working hard make Silicon Savannah a success know that they need to bridge the development gap between the technology giants and the needs of ordinary Africans.
Once such innovation that has proved popular in Kenya is the ability to send money from one mobile phone to another. Known as M-Pesa it is possible for Kenyan's without a bank account to send and receive money by SMS.