Uhuru Makes Special Request in Video Call With CS Joe Mucheru

  • Presidnet Uhuru Kenyatta speaking at State House, Nairobi during a webinar hosted by the Atlantic Council on June 18, 2020.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta speaking at State House, Nairobi during a webinar hosted by the Atlantic Council on June 18, 2020.
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday, July 8 made a special request to ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru during a historic video call.

    The President asked Mucheru who was in Radat, Baringo County to bring him honey on his way back and spared a message for Mucheru and his team.

    "Bring honey, Baringo honey is probably the best in the world, God bless you young men and I wish you all the success, let us continue working together," noted the president.

    Information and Communication Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru during a past event
    Information and Communication Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru during a past event
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    The president was one of the first people to use the 4G loon signal in the area as no terrestrial base station is present in Radat.

    The Cabinet Minister shared with Uhuru a panoramic view of the area before he proceeded to greet residents who had gathered around.

    Mucheru promised to deliver the honey as requested by the President as he then ended the video call he had made using his mobile phone.

    Also speaking to the president on the video call was Telkom Chairman, Edward Njoroge and Chief Executive Officer Mugo Kibati.

    The president was in good spirits as he was delighted with the innovation that was being utilized in the area for the first time.

    This comes after Telkom Kenya and Google Loon on Tuesday, July 7, announced the availability of mobile internet service via the Loon technology to Kenyans, starting July 2020. 

    Loon is a radical approach to expanding Internet connectivity which instead of trying to extend the Internet from the ground, Loon takes to the sky via a network of balloons to expand Internet connectivity to rural areas.

    In one field testing session in late June, Loon and Telkom registered an uplink speed of 4.74 Mbps, a downlink speed of 18.9 Mbps, and latency of 19 milliseconds (ms). 

    The service will initially cover a region spanning nearly 50,000 sq.km., including the areas of Iten, Eldoret, Baringo, Nakuru, Kakamega, Kisumu, Kisii, Bomet, Kericho, and Narok.

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