Safaricom has donated a mini GSM network laboratory equipment worth Sh80 million to
The GSM equipment has a base station, BSC Microwave Link and Switches which will be used to establish a functional GSM network and transmission system during practical lessons by students taking courses in mobile communication, data communication and transmission. This is the first of its kind in East and
"The laboratory will transform the way telecoms practical training is offered at the university and impact not only on the students' knowledge and capabilities building but also the university and the industry as whole," Bob Collymore Safaricom CEO said.
Safaricom said GSM network will enable students to initiate and terminate a phone call, enable data transfer and basically conduct any services that Safaricom is capable of making for academic purposes thus preparing them adequately for a career in telecommunications engineering.
"The telecoms industry needs graduates who have developed the right skills before joining a workplace and this initiative will equip them with the necessary skills and competencies needed," said
JKUAT's vice chancellor Prof.
"This laboratory will provide the much needed practical and research orientation to students and faculty and thus increase their competitiveness. This will make JKUAT the university of choice for aspiring telecoms professionals in East and
Prior to the partnership, Safaricom and JKUAT have been working together in the past five years after following a memorandum of understanding in
Safaricom sponsored the development of curricular for the Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication and Information Engineering course.
The first batch of students to benefit from it joined the university in
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