Challenges facing the growth of internet services in Kangema Division Murang'a District, Kenya

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Kampala International University, College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
Kenya ventured into the Internet Industry in 1994. The services offered then was only email. In late 1994 full internet services were established. The spread of the Internet was slow due to control by the Kenya Post and Telecommunication Corporations (KPTC). In 1998, KPTC liberalized the market for third party services and since then, the Internet has spread though not rapidly. From the data collected, the earliest ISP started in the Kangema division in the year 2000 with very few e-mail clients. They used Fidonetz and first class client to access e-mail. It was noted that there were about eleven ISPs started in the year 2000 and they were in the initial stages of development. At the research, there were only five well established ISP'S with a client base of more than 5000 per year. The number of Internet Service providers in Kangema division as by May 2007 was low of about 20 ISV's with a total estimated ciiems number of about 500 people. However, by the end of2007, 20 IPSs are estimated to be licensed according to Africa on line publication dated 20°' July 2007. The government was not keen on using the technology hence was not creating a supportive environment for the IPS"s to operate. 70% of these respondents said that the government was looking at the Internet technology with a lot of suspicion.
A research report submitted to the Institute Of Open and Distance Learning in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the A Ward of Bachelors Degree in Education Science of Kampala International University
Internet services, Murang'a District, Kenya