15 Aug 2020




What kind of user am I?

Not all broadband/internet package is created equal. With an array of super-fast fiber and standard broadband packages to choose from, there’s a lot to get to grips with when you’re looking for a product that will meet your needs.

Broadband for beginners

Starting out small and working your way up is a better bet for beginners than buying too much. If at a later date you find you need a faster, more expensive broadband product, providers will happily allow you to upgrade mid-contract.

Broadband for film and TV buffs

If you enjoy downloading HD movies or if you make extensive use of TV streaming services like Netflix or Amazon Prime Video, you’re classified as a heavy user. A heavy user should make sure whatever broadband package you sign up for has unlimited downloads. Nearly all packages these days do, but it’s a good idea to make sure. Heavy users may want to consider paying extra for fibre broadband. Fibre is faster than standard broadband and means you’ll be able to download movies, music and games a lot quicker. This way you’ll spend less time waiting and buffering and more time enjoying your entertainment of choice.

Broadband for families

Families are also almost certain to be heavy users, especially in homes with teenagers who’ve grown up with the web.

With four or more people in a household, all of whom are likely to be using a range of web-enabled gadgets and going online simultaneously. You’ll likely want to sign up for a fibre broadband package to ensure your connection is smooth. It’s also worth keeping an eye out for which broadband providers offer parental controls so you can keep your kids safe online. Most providers do include it as standard, but before signing up for a package, check the provider’s website.

Broadband for homeschooling students

What sets student broadband apart from other broadband packages is the contract length. The shorter contract term means students don’t have to pay for broadband during the long summer holiday, during which time they’re likely to be at home and not occupying their student digs. Be careful, though: a lot of student broadband packages include set-up fees. This pays to sit down and do the math to see whether you’re better off with a student broadband package or a cheaper, longer contract. You can find a good value homeschooling broadband deal here.

Broadband for businesses

If you run a business, you’re probably better off signing up for a broadband package that’s tailored to the needs of enterprises. Business broadband packages differ from standard consumer deals. Some include extras such as static/fixed-IPs, webspace and email addresses that feature the name of your business. They also offer business-grade security to keep sensitive information away from prying eyes. You will also get better customer support to minimize the financial impact if your connection goes down. Got a business? Find a broadband deal that’ll help you grow at our business broadband packages.

More factors you'll need to consider

Do I need internet security software?

Internet security should be a priority for everyone. With viruses able to infect computers from simply visiting nefarious sites, opening email attachments and downloading files. It’s imperative that you protect your computer and data against these attacks.

The good news is that, as with wireless routers, security suites are included in most broadband packages.

Do I need free phone calls with my broadband package?

If you use your landline, bundling your telephone and broadband packages can save you money and time. Most providers have package deals for the two. Take a look at our broadband and home phone packages site to see which deals are available in your area.

Do you need fast broadband?

With all this talk of megabits and download times, it’s sometimes easy to think that speed is the be-all and end-all in a broadband package. That’s true to a certain extent, but it’s also worth remembering that connection speeds of over 10Mbps are easily sufficient for most small households to carry out basic online activities without problems.

A broadband connection of 8Mbps will allow you to email, share pictures, watch Netflix, check Facebook and play games. Fast broadband — typically fiber-optic broadband products — appeals mainly to those who download more or less constantly and have very demanding applications.

Do I need TV with my broadband?

Opt to add TV to your broadband bundle and you’ll get a much wider choice of programmes to choose from, including movie premiers and glossy, must-see US dramas. You’ll also be able to see Premier League games live, as well as a host of other crown-jewels sports events.

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15 Jul 2020


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Internet usage in Kenya during covid-19 has drastically grown since the pandemic hit us. Kenya recorded the first case of corona-virus infection on 12th March. Since then, the numbers have continued to grow with a total of 103 infections and three fatalities as at 30th March. In order to curb spread of the disease,  the government instituted a number of measures including;

  • border closure,
  • mandatory 14 days self-isolation for returning travelers.
  • The government has announced a stay at home campaign,
  • ordered curfews
  • and banned public gatherings of more than 10 individuals.

The internet and related technologies have proven to be essential tools in this period for implementation of the measures and citizens’ exercising economic, social and political rights. Self-isolation is enforced through monitoring of movements via mobile phone. Further, citizens’ access to information related to the pandemic from health authorities is through Internet platforms. Meanwhile, business and education institutions have adopted the internet to continue operations.

There have been several positive and supportive developments through initiatives from technology service providers. Huawei has provided connectivity bandwidth to students from universities taking some of their sponsored short courses diploma levels. Mobile network operations have also doubled the speed of their mobile internet bundles for subscribers. However, this did not translate directly to home broadband internet subscribers. At KEMNET we are home broadband service providers in Kenya, currently based in Athi River. We are consistently expanding to other parts of the country as well. We  also embrace wireless internet provision along Mombasa road, Mlolongo and Syokimau.

Internet usage in Kenya during covid-19 stand at 39.6 million, of which 22 million are broadband subscriptions currently.

Effects of covid-19 in kenya
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Nonetheless, the current COVID-19 pandemic continues to expose inequalities of internet access in the country. With the closure of universities and other learning institutions, many have endeavored to continue their semesters through online delivery. Due to uneven network distribution in the country, students who had gone back to their rural homes expressed the frustrations of accessing the online learning platforms.

During the International Women’s day chat on remote working experiences for women, participants expressed the difficulties of working from home. This included frequent power outages and Internet downtime due to increased bandwidth demand, interrupted work from time to time. This is an indicator of the fact that most Kenyans access the Internet from their workplaces and that home broadband is still a luxury for many.

The implications of some enabling tech applications as solutions to the current situation also come with privacy costs.  Zoom has been the most downloaded mobile application in the past two weeks. House Party App has also been most popular last week for social connections that have replaced physical casual meetings. However, the privacy features of these applications are a concern for digital rights.

Government efforts to manage the health crisis have also had serious implications on freedom of expression. The Computer Misuse and Cyber-crime Act 2016 is being used to arrest persons who spread controversial information on the corona virus.

Meanwhile, innovators have also worked to provide technical solutions to the pandemic. For instance,a tracing application was launched to track travelers’ commuter paths. It requires commuters to share their contacts with the public transport service providers. Although, it is not clear what privacy safeguards are in place, which emphasizes the need for the developer’s community to be sensitized to apply the principle of privacy by design.

Overall, there is a need to balance the use of technology with human rights in response to the pandemic. As countries continue putting measures in place to contain the virus, they should also consider the rights and dignity of their citizens. Otherwise, we might risk losing the rights and freedoms we had steadily gained over many years. To get our home fiber services, wireless and business internet packages, click here and friendly costs.

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