Connecting Africa is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 3099067.


Airtel pays $40M for Kenyan spectrum

Article Image
Airtel Africa is paying US$40 million for additional spectrum in Kenya, to help accommodate strong data growth across its network in the East African nation.

The group said its subsidiary, Airtel Kenya, has purchased 60MHz of additional spectrum in the 2600MHz band from the Communications Authority of Kenya, and the license is valid from July 2022 for a period of 15 years.

"This additional spectrum will support our 4G network capacity expansion in the market for both mobile data and fixed wireless home broadband capability, and will allow for future 5G rollout, providing significant capacity to accommodate our continued strong data growth in the country," Airtel Africa said in a statement.

Airtel operates in 14 countries across Africa and Kenya, one of the largest markets by revenue.

"This investment reflects our continued confidence in the opportunity inherent in the Kenya market, supporting the local communities and economies through furthering digital inclusion and connectivity," the group added.

Airtel Kenya had about 16.7 million mobile users at the end of June 2022, according to statistics from market research company Omdia. Airtel's market share in Kenya was about 25%, coming in behind market leader Safaricom , which controls 67% of the mobile market.

In February, Airtel Kenya reached an out-of-court settlement with the regulator over an expired license. The telco agreed to pay 2 billion Kenyan shillings (US$16.8 million) in installments over the next two years to renew a license, which expired in February 2015.

Last month, Airtel Africa also acquired additional spectrum in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), for $42 million, to support 4G expansion for both mobile data and fixed wireless home broadband.

In May, Airtel Kenya announced the appointment of a new managing director; Ashish Malhotra took over from long-serving MD Prasanta Das Sarma in July.

Related posts:

*Top image source: pelegraphy on Pixabay.

— Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa

Innovation hub

New develoPPP Ventures funding program for SA startups

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has launched develoPPP Ventures, a new funding scheme offering up to €100,000 (US$106,950) for successful startups in South Africa.


Huawei using SA data centers to extend AI cloud adoption

Chinese multinational Huawei is using its three data centers in South Africa to extend artificial intelligence (AI) cloud adoption in the country.

More Innovation hub

Latest video

More videos

Partner perspectives

All Partner Perspectives

Sponsored video

More videos

Follow us on X

Industry announcements

More Industry announcements

Upcoming events

Cyber Revolution Summit
August 9, 2024
Gaborone, Botswana
Africa Tech Festival 2024
November 11-14, 2024
Cape Town, South Africa
More Upcoming events

Africa Tech Perspectives


Uber's Marjorie Saint-Lot on inclusion and sustainability in Africa

Uber's Country Manager for Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire, Marjorie Saint-Lot, shares how the ride-hailing company is approaching public-private partnerships, environmentally friendly initiatives and gender inclusion in Africa.


The 100 most influential African leaders in 2023

A new report from Africa Tech Festival and Connecting Africa puts a spotlight on the top 100 African leaders in the telecoms and technology sector in 2023.


Deep dive into East Africa's tech startup ecosystem

New survey reveals a lack of access to investors, reliance on international VCs and global recession trends as the biggest barriers for East African tech startups to access funds.

More Africa Tech perspectives

Guest Perspectives


Omdia View: May 2024

By Omdia Analysts

May 2024's telecoms highlights in the Middle East and Africa included African 5G subscriptions surpassing 5 million, growth from SpaceX's satellite Internet service Starlink, and a major fiber partnership in the Middle East and North Africa.


How e-mobility could transform Africa's transport sector

By Francis Hook

ICT analyst Francis Hook delves into Africa's e-mobility sector and unpacks the challenges faced locally and the benefits the move to electric vehicles could bring to urban transport systems.

More Guest Perspectives

Like us on Facebook

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign Up
Tag id test-002