Kenya’s mobile network operator, Safaricom has announced that 4G network will now be available across all 47 counties. According to the company, there are now one million customers enjoying 4G in Kenya. Safaricom said the milestone was achieved on the back of an expanding 4G network, increased the affordability of 4G smartphones and more affordable data bundles.
“The country has consistently stood out as a global innovation powerhouse and a leader in global mobile technology adoption. This milestone further cements Kenya’s position and establishes a strong foundation for future innovation,” said Joseph Ogutu, Director – Strategy, Safaricom.
Safaricom was the first operator to roll out 4G network in December 2014. Last year, the firm began an accelerated 4G network expansion across key towns in the country, coupled with the rollout of the enhanced 4G+ technology. 4G+ sites allow customers to experience speeds in excess of 150 Megabits per second (Mbps).
As a result of this accelerated expansion, Safaricom now has more than 1,400 4G sites reaching more than 33 percent of the country’s population.
The company also says more than 16 percent of its 4G sites are on 4G+ or LTE Carrier Aggregation Technology.
More Kenyans can now afford 4G devices with the price has dropped to as low as Sh. 6,000. Data prices on Safaricom have also reduced by an aggregate of 29 percent, leading to increased usage.
In December 2017, the company will be rewarding its 4G customers by offering a free data bundle equivalent to every monthly bundle purchased.