Safaricom gives network assurance ahead of Obama visit

By James Ratemo, Nairobi, Kenya

Safaricom has assured its subscribers that minimal network disruptions shall be experienced during visit of US president Barack Obama.

In a statement, Safaricom confirmed that network around the visiting president could be disrupted as per safety requirements for the US President.

“We recognize the fact that as the most protected individual in the world, there will be some security measures undertaken by his team which could include the temporary disruption of mobile signals close to where the President is at any given time. These interruptions will be intermittent,” read the statement in part.

The mobile operator said subscribers are concerned that network operations will be affected during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

“As part of its best practice, Safaricom always takes pro-active steps to ensure that all network operations are not affected by any singular event. In this particular case, we have conducted key network optimization in certain locations where summit attendees will be located. In addition, we have upgraded our fixed data capacity to facilitate live streaming as the visit is of international interest.”

Subscribers have been urged to get in touch with Safaricom team on Twitter @Safaricom_Care or Facebook fb.com/SafaricomLtd in case of further queries.

Analysts see hosting of the 6th GES as a clear win for the National Branding efforts as Kenya is currently on the global spotlight as an ideal investment destination.

President Obama, elevated entrepreneurship to the forefront of the United States’ engagement agenda during a historic speech in Cairo in 2009.  Since then, the Obama Administration has delivered on this commitment, greatly expanding support for entrepreneurship and economic opportunity around the world.

The Pre- GES Summit Expo 2015 is platform to showcase Kenya's innovations and investment opportunities. It is a chance for those who will not get the opportunity to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit to experience the vast invest opportunities from our innovative youth. The PRE-GES summit Expo - exhibition and Knowledge Sharing Seminar was put together by the Government in partnership with the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA).

Speaking during the launch of the two day event H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta challenged both local and foreign investors to tap into the pool of local talent and invest in the development of technological innovations which will be the basis of future industries.

“As a government we are committed to the elimination of bureaucratic processes that have hindered the development of innovative industries among the youth. We need to cut the red tape and allow innovation to thrive. We ourselves as government are already embracing technology in the delivery of our services, some of the solutions we need are within the creative reach of our innovators.” President Kenyatta said.

The Pre-GES Expo hosted an innovation exhibition where young entrepreneurs showcased their innovations while the main plenary sessions presented the opportunity for knowledge sharing with captains of industry, seasoned entrepreneurs and policy makers sharing their insights on how to sustain businesses beyond the Start-up phase.

The Summit will closed on Thursday paving way for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit which will be attended by American President Barack Obama and over 2000 delegates from across the world. As the host country Kenya will field 175 delegates showcasing innovation and investment opportunities alongside Kenya's diverse heritage and culture.

 

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