National Security Telecommunications Service (NSTS) has become the latest multi-agency center from where security agencies will operate to improve communication and operational efficiency.
Inaugurated by H.E. Hon Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya and the Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces at Embakasi Garrison, Nairobi, the center will provide necessary integrated multi-agency communication systems to address identified gaps and challenges in telecommunications within the security sector.
In his address, the President termed NSTS as a golden thread bringing together all security agencies in Kenya for operational efficiency.“Before, each agency utilized own communication networks in executing their roles making cross agency communication difficult. NSTS provides an integrated platform for efficient communication through enhanced coordination as a result of real-time information exchange,” said the President.
The President said that NSTS is a force multiplier in the security system appreciating the extent of its mandate that will enable services provided to reach those deployed beyond the Kenyan borders.
Amb. Dr Monica Juma, Cabinet Secretary, Defence said the actualization of NSTS is a milestone in providing synchronized communication among the security actors in the country.
“We believe this will enhance security in the country and secure our people. The agencies will not have to rely on private networks that are sometimes compromised,” she said.
Chief of the Defence Forces General Robert Kibochi commended the effort put in place by the agencies to meet the deadline for establishment of NSTS saying the facility is a central point for all communication systems enabling communication and interoperability amongst security agencies for enhanced security operations.