Some universities have partnered with mobile service providers to supply data bundles, SIM cards and digital devices at discounted rates to facilitate online learning.

The University of Nairobi — in a partnership with Telkom Kenya — on Monday started distributing free SIM cards that have been loaded with data bundles for online learning.

“Online classes will start on Monday, April 20, 2020 (January-April semester). Timetables have been uploaded on the students’ portal. Get in touch with your school’s head of department for more information and clearance,” a notice sent to students reads.

To acquire the line, students need to register their intent by updating their profiles in the student’s portal, indicating their preferred Telkom outlet.

After approval by the university’s ICT centre, instructions are sent to Telkom Kenya to configure and activate the lines. An alert is then sent to the student to collect the SIM card.

But some students are concerned that Telkom does not have reliable countrywide network coverage.