Telkom Kenya has finalized upgrading its network to 4G in Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, Lamu, and Taita/Taveta, as well as Makueni, Machakos, Kitui, and Kajiado Counties within Kenya’s coast and lower Eastern regions. Competition within the mobile broadband segment has become very aggressive overtime as various mobile service providers find ways to increase revenues. Safaricom has been steadfast in leading the way when it comes to mobile innovation while the other service providers have been playing catch up especially when it comes to the network infrastructure, they use to avail mobile broadband to subscribers.
At the moment, Safaricom is looking into availing 5G network across various towns in the country while the other service providers are expanding their current 4G coverage. But this is not all wrong considering that most Kenyans at the moment cannot afford a 5G enabled handset thereby limiting them on the type of network they can use to access Internet on their mobile phones. According to telecom Kenya, their recent achievements have been facilitated by various partners such as Ericsson, and systems integrator NEC XON to add additional 2,000 4G sites onto Telkom’s Mobile 4G/LTE Network, by 2023.
Telkom Kenya is looking to invest up to U.S. dollars 100 million in a long term network expansion strategy that is expected to address various digital transformation as well as lay the ground network towards its long term goal of becoming it preferred technology partner to customers in the country. additionally digital transformation is particularly vital in the telecommunications sector since it’s expected to create increased demand for broadband connectivity amongst subscribers corporates and the public sector.
Speaking on the achievement, Telkom Kenya’s CEO, Mr. Mugo KIBATI noted It was an exciting milestone for the company especially since it believes that mobile that is a fundamental human right it has overtime become a necessity. the CEO also pointed out that the company is committed in positioning its infrastructure asset base as well as services to drive digital transformation within its customer base.