Telkom Kenya To Invest Millions In Expanded Network Capacity And Coverage

Telkom Kenya will dedicate over $9.8mil into the optimisation and expansion of its 3G and 4G network. The network roll-out will ensure the improvement of mobile connectivity by boosting the quality of service to users.

Mugo Kibati, the CEO of Telkom Kenya said that it remained Telkom’s objective to maintain its position as Kenya’s preferred Data network, which would only be achieved through the evolution of its network to become a stronger telco that is ready for the future.

Telkom’s network expansion strategy includes a pilot with Loon LLC, a sister firm to Google and an entity of Alphabet, to launch a 4G/LTE access network service in Kenya, using high altitude balloons operating as floating cell towers, providing network coverage to under-served and un-served areas, around the Mount Kenya region, including: Nyeri, Thika, Nakuru and Nanyuki. This is expected to happen within the first half of the year, 2019.   

The Communications Authority’s data for the quarter ending September 30, 2018, shows that the country’s mobile subscriptions currently stand at 46.6 million – an increase of 2.4 percent to the 45.5 million subscriptions that were recorded as at June 30, 2018, securing the country a 100.1 mobile penetration rate.

In collaboration with the regulator, the Communications Authority (CA), telcos are erecting base stations to boost network connectivity all across the country. These new base stations are expected to bring in approximately 300,000 Kenyans to the country's communication grid.

The CA granted Telkom the construction of 14 GSM sites to build 28 sub-locations in 9 counties, under the financial support of the Universal Service Fund (USF) that is mandated to finance national projects that have a serious impact on the accessibility and availability of ICTs in remote and rural areas. Of the 14 new GSM sites, 12 are already operating, increasing traffic, with two more locations still in progress.

Kenya’s current mobile penetration figure is above the 100 percent mark. This is attributed to most users owning more than one SIM card from different mobile service providers.

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