Safaricom’s 5G Expansion and Affordable Wi-Fi Now Covering 35 Counties

One of Kenya’s premier telecommunication providers, Safaricom, has achieved a significant connectivity milestone in the country by extending its 5G coverage to chosen towns across 35 counties. This strategic expansion empowers not only mobile data customers but also homes and businesses in these areas with access to superfast internet; they can now enjoy it on the move or within their respective premises.

Safaricom, evidence of its commitment to hastening 5G adoption, has dramatically reduced the prices of their 5G Wi-Fi routers. This game-changing maneuver promises benefits not only for cash customers but also for those prepared to commit an 18-month contract. The router that was previously priced at KES 25,000 is now accessible at a significantly lower cost of KES 9,999 due to this impressive price drop – amounting to a reduction rate as high as 60%. Further amplifying these advantageous terms, nearly half a million eligible customers can secure this router free-of-cost by simply signing up for the stipulated contractual period—another compelling reason why Safaricom continues being an industry leader in fostering widespread technology accessibility and innovation.

Safaricom, recognizing its customer base’s diverse needs, has also increased 5G Wi-Fi volumes for home and business packages. Now, Home Consumer packages offer:

  • You can purchase 400GB for the price of KES 3,499/-.
  • 800GB for the price of KES 5,999/-.
  • 1500GB for the price of KES 9,999/-.

Safaricom’s 5G Wi-Fi for Business, which offers unlimited packages starting at KES 4,000 per month with a speed of 10 Mbps; which presents an array of choices to cater always-on connectivity specifically to businesses’ unique requirements.

“Emphasizing the importance of this expansion, Peter Ndegwa – CEO at Safaricom PLC – states: ‘As a digital lifestyle enabler; we brim with excitement for an imminent 5G future’. He further adds that such technology could potentially bridge the daunting gap in underserved communities’ digital access; provide crucial services like healthcare to those in need, or even catalyze economic growth by linking small businesses to unprecedented opportunities. Our efforts to boost 5G coverage not only fortify Kenya’s premier internet network but also arm our esteemed customers with a gateway into exploring the vast potentials of 5G.”

In October 2022, Safaricom initiated its foray into 5G technology as the pioneering service provider to launch it in Kenya. Since that milestone, they have extended coverage to chosen towns across 35 counties: thus guaranteeing a broader population of Kenyans access to this transformative innovation’s advantages. The list of new counties reaping from enhanced connectivity with the inclusion of 5G features: Bomet, Busia, Isiolo – just to name a few – illustrates how widespread and impactful these developments are becoming nationwide.

Kitui joins the expanding group alongside Mandera and Migori which also benefits from improved signals while Tharaka-Nithi experiences an increase in speed thanks largely due technological upgrades within their respective regions—demonstrating not only geographical diversity but significant improvements too through advanced telecommunications technologies like fibre-optic cables which now span across much more territory than before.

Trans Nzoia, Homa Bay, and even West Pokot itself are also included while Embu has joined Kirinyaga and Muranga in experiencing upgraded signals. Turkana on the other hand revels in increased speed—a testament not just to geographical diversity but dramatic advancements through technologies such as fiber optics that now extend far beyond previous territories covered by these infrastructures alone.

Tharaka-Nithi proves this point admirably with its own recent upgrade from basic internet connections up until recently considered sufficient for most needs–to lightning-fast broadband capable of handling high volumes data transfer seamlessly without any noticeable lag time whatsoever! Safaricom’s 5G is already present in Nairobi, Kiambu, Mombasa, Kisumu, Uasin Gishu, Nakuru,  Garissa, Kajiado and other counties. The list includes: Kisii, Machakos, Kakamega, Kilifi, Siaya and Kericho to name a few among many others such as Kwale, Laikipia, Marsabit, Meru, Narok, Nyeri and Vihiga.

Safaricom, in collaboration with Huawei, has established three 5G experience centers in Nairobi’s Village Market, The Hub and Buruburu Shops; a strategic move to make the benefits of 5G accessible for Kenyans. These state-of-the-art facilities provide virtual reality gaming zones; they showcase smart capabilities tailored specifically for homes and enterprises while also offering speed-testing booths. This allows Kenyans an indispensable opportunity—experiencing first-hand how transformative power that comes hand-in hand with 5G can revolutionize their domestic environments or commercial ventures.

Striving to prioritize its existing customers who use 5G smartphones, Safaricom equips them with 5G data bundles: a service that ensures ultra-fast browsing speeds. Moreover, all new 5G clients can access an extra benefit — they are eligible for a complimentary 5GB bundle through the My Safaricom App. The availability of these innovative packages extends across multiple platforms including ‘Go Monthly’ on the My Safaricom App itself, and USSD *544#.

Customers can visit to locate available 5G zones or access 5G Wi-Fi; this ensures the power of 5G is within their reach.

Throughout the years, Safaricom has steadfastly injected investments into its network infrastructure: a coverage that extends to 97% of Kenya’s population—providing them with 2G, 3G, and more recently introduced 4G and 5G services. In addition to this impressive feat, their fiber network traverses over an excess of 450000 homes and businesses–a clear demonstration of Safaricom’s unwavering commitment towards redefining connectivity in Kenya. This expansive effort stands as incontrovertible evidence for their mission; they aim not only to bridge the digital divide but also empower communities – catalyzing economic growth through innovative technology solutions.


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