Safaricom launches 4G network ahead of its rivals

4GIn Summary

  • Safaricom has launched a high-speed wireless Internet network that is initially available on Mombasa Island and in parts of Nairobi such as Gigiri, Runda, Buru Buru, Parklands and Kabete.
  • The launch of the 4G technology comes on the heels of last week’s signing of a Sh14.9 billion national security communication contract between Safaricom and the National Treasury.
  • The firm has been seeking to cut reliance on voice revenue, whose growth has nearly flattened out in recent years due to falling rates.

Safaricom is betting big on the home internet market segment with the launch of an advanced fourth generation (4G) long term evolution technology to drive its data services.

The integrated telecoms services provider Thursday launched a high-speed wireless Internet network that is initially available on Mombasa Island and in parts of Nairobi such as Gigiri, Runda, Buru Buru, Parklands and Kabete.

The network gives Safaricom the ability to provide its own advanced data services to an affluent market currently being served by fibre-to-home providers like Jamii Telecommunications (Faiba) and Wananchi Group (Zuku).

In addition to voice and other 3G mobile services, a 4G system provides broadband Internet access to smartphones, laptops with wireless modems and other handheld devices.

Potential applications include faster mobile web access, IP telephony, gaming services, high-definition mobile TV, video streaming and conferencing, 3D television and cloud computing.

“The launch… will give us a chance to deliver broadband internet to homes, which currently we cannot do with the 3G (network),” Safaricom’s CEO Bob Collymore told Business Daily at the launch on Thursday. Read more

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