As reported on Webopedia.com, “the Internet is a global network connecting millions of computers. More than 190 countries are linked into exchanges of data, news and opinions. According to Internet Live Stats, as of December 30, 2014 there was an estimated 3,037,608,300 Internet users worldwide.
The number of Internet users represents nearly 40 percent of the world’s population. The largest number of Internet users by country is China, followed by the United States and India”.
Microsoft is part of the global company connecting millions with Internet. The company is a big corporation and its mission is to “enable people and businesses throughout the world to realize their full potential.
These potentials could be the provision of the Microsoft security essentials and Mozilla Firefox free download to the general public.”
In addition, the company considers their mission statement to be a commitment to their customers and dedication that is channeled to giving urban communities and nearby groups with assets and innovation that help drive innovation, advancement and bring open doors for shared learning,” declared by Sanket Akerkar, VP of Developer & Platform Internet for Microsoft.
Unlike online services which are centrally controlled by design, the Internet is decentralized. Microsoft is planning to unite the country residents in Nanyuki, a business town in the Laikipia County in central Kenya, with the low-cost wireless Internet. The movement is expected to deliver an affordable Internet service and connectivity to the main central Kenya as a means of giving support to the under-served areas of the country.
According to Microsoft Corporation: “the Internet service is made possible by using TV White Spaces, the unused portions of wireless range in the frequency bands used for TV Broadcasting”
An introductory trial of the innovation in Kenya had been initially reported in mid 2013; but the project is progressing in 2015. The proposal is a part of Microsoft’s more extensive 4Afrika Initiative, which is aimed to improve the global technological competitiveness.
In conclusion, the project has been confirmed by various Newspapers in Kenya and has already rolled out 15 Wi-Fi hotspots close to Nanyuki, including: the Matanya strip mall, Burguret Dispensary, Male Primary School, Male Secondary School, Gakawa Secondary School and Laikipia District Community Library.
The move by Microsoft is aimed to empower Kenyans inside Nanyuki, enable them get to the web and, also stream content while connected with the service.
Overall, Microsoft’s global diversity and inclusion mission is still considered as world’s #1 provider of innovative technology solutions that help realize the full potential of its diverse customers and partners around the world.