Safaricom Rolls Out Trial For Latest Network Coverage Technology

In Nairobi, Kenya, Safaricom has begun the trial run of its new network coverage technology.

This latest technology has been named the TubeStar Base Station, and it replaces the old standard tower base station with a tubular shape that takes up to 75 percent less land than what is typically required.
The TubeStar also eradicates the need for a perimeter and compound wall around the base station by ensuring that all equipment operates while inside the tower structure.

The Chief Technology Officer of Safaricom, Thibaud Rerolle said that over the past 18 years, Safaricom has grown to become a global innovation leader through constant investment in ground-breaking and innovative technologies.
Rerolle added that ultimately, Safaricom’s goal has been to offer its customers world-class connectivity and networks, and the TubeStar base station is the latest innovation of that kind.

The TubeStar was designed for urban areas that have space constraints when putting up network towers.
Erecting standard towers in such locations hasn’t been easy because most landowners have future plans for their land which might be currently unutilised or they have already put up structures on the property leaving very little space for the typical base station.

With the new technology, there is no longer a need for diesel generators in the process because the generators have been replaced with high-performance lithium batteries, therefore, cutting down on pollution at the network sites.

The first TubeStar has been installed at Clay Works next to the Nairobi – Thika Highway and will provide network coverage along the Roysambu area which has long been affected by call drops.
The new base station will provide exclusive provide coverage in the affected location eliminating reliance on any other cells.

In the last three years, Safaricom has invested billions in upgrading and securing its network and still plans to spend billions more in their current financial year.

One of Safaricom’s most significant achievements in the past year was rolling out East Africa’s first 4G+ network and 4G coverage to 47 counties.

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