mobile phones - Data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics - KNBS says computers, laptops and smartphones were the most imported items as many Kenyans resulted in working from home to flatten the Covid-19 curve since Kenya reported its first case in March.

Kenyans imported telecommunications goods worth Ksh 8 billion in the four months to July this year. 

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Data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics says computers, laptops and smartphones were the most imported items as many Kenyans resulted in working from home to flatten the Covid-19 curve since Kenya reported its first case in March.

This has led to an uptick in technology consumption as companies result in online meetings and virtual classes.

According to KNBS, the value of imported telecommunications gadgets jumped by more than Ksh 3 billion in the three months to July this year to reach Ksh 8 billion shillings.

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The most imported items were computers, smartphones and laptops.

The C-19 travel restrictions and a dusk-to-dawn curfew also saw an increase in demand for items like laptops and smartphones as well as a spike in data traffic for telecoms firms such as Safaricom.

Companies have resulted in conducting virtual meetings via video conferencing applications like Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams, BlueJeans and Cisco Webex, while closure of learning institutions has also meant classes are conducted online.

The government has further ramped up internet connectivity to remote areas with the deployment of google balloons to raise internet connectivity to rural communities.

 

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