Nairobi, Sept. 9 -- The value of Kenya's telecommunications gadget imports, including computers, laptops and smartphones, surged by more than half to Sh8.01 billion in four months of Covid-19 lockdown as people worked from home and students turned to e-learning services.

This was an increase from the Sh5.18 billion that Kenyans splashed on tech items in the four months to July last year, according the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), reflecting a 56.29 percent growth.

The jump in orders of telecommunication equipment from abroad came in a period when staff in many firms worked from home to reduce the probability of spreading the virus.

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