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.

4G/5G

Telkom, Airtel Boost Their 4G Networks in Kenya

Article Image
Safaricom may be the clear mobile leader in Kenya, with a market share of about 67%, but it can't afford to get complacent.

Its main rivals, Airtel and Telkom -- with market shares of 19.7% and 8.6% respectively at the end of March this year -- are both currently pumping cash into their 4G networks to help expand their coverage and improve performance.

Airtel, which launched its 4G service a few months ago, is now expanding its LTE network beyond Nairobi and Mombasa, reports Business Daily. (See Airtel Kenya Joins the 4G Club.)

Telkom, meanwhile, has added 200 new 4G sites in and around Nairobi to densify its LTE coverage and "to cater for the growing demand on data." It launched its first 4G services last year and the new additions bring the number of 4G sites in Telkom's Nairobi network to 300.

"Over the last year, since we launched our 4G network, we have recorded a steady rise in its uptake, accounting for 20% of the total data traffic in Nairobi. With the new sites going live, we expect continual growth, driven by current users and new users joining our network," stated the operator's Chief Technology and Information Officer (CTIO), John Barorot, in a company statement.

Telkom Kenya CTIO John Barorot.
Telkom Kenya CTIO John Barorot.

"Current market trends have seen the rise in 4G compatible and smartphone use in the country," he continued. "Add this to the fact that all our new SIMs are 4G enabled and we have an opportunity to monetise mobile data, based on market demands, while enriching customer experience."

The move is part of broader network improvements. (See Telkom Kenya Lines Up $40M Loan for Network Upgrade.)

"Our long-term goal is to build a holistic network. Even as we roll out our 4G network, we are also increasing our current capacity on our 3G network while also leveraging on existing network elements to improve user experience. A substantial proportion of our total data traffic is on 3G, which makes it a pivotal growth engine for the business," stated the CTIO.

Telkom says it has invested more than KSh8 Billion (US$79.4 million) in network expansion and infrastructure rollout in the past two years, in addition to strategic investment in three undersea cables connecting Kenya to other parts of Africa and the rest of the world and more than 7,300 kms of fiber countrywide.

— The staff, Connecting Africa

Innovation hub

Video

Interview: Qualcomm execs on mentorship for African startups

Qualcomm Technology VP for Engineering, Sudeepto Roy, and Elizabeth Migwalla, VP for Government Affairs, join Connecting Africa for a video interview about Qualcomm's Make in Africa Mentorship Program.

Story

Hot startup of the month: Pan-African fintech KamaPay

This month's hot startup is pan-African fintech KamaPay, which helps individuals and businesses make cross-border payments on the continent.

More Innovation hub

Latest video

More videos

Sponsored video

More videos

Industry announcements

More Industry announcements

Flash poll

All polls

Africa Tech Perspectives

Story

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.

Story

Challenges and opportunities for women's tech careers

A new survey reveals that COVID-19, the cost-of-living crisis, skills shortages and a lack of mentorship have negatively affected women's career development over the past two years.

Story

Survey: Opportunities for Women in Tech

Take our new survey for women across Asia, Europe and Africa looking at the biggest challenges and opportunities for women-led enterprises and trends in tech careers for women.

More AfricaCom perspectives

Upcoming events

London Tech Week
June 13-16, 2023
Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Broad Sanctuary, London SW1P 3EE
Cybertech Africa 2023
August 1-2, 2023
Kigali Convention Center, Kigali, Rwanda
Africa Tech Festival, Home of AfricaCom and AfricaTech
November 13-16, 2023
CTICC, Cape Town
More Upcoming events

Guest Perspectives

Story

Omdia View: February 2023

By Omdia Analysts

In February 2023 key events in the Middle East and Africa included a major Internet project for Africa's underserved by Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Microsoft as well as a 5G launch in Tanzania – that and more in this month's Omdia View.

Story

Omdia View: July 2022

By Omdia Analysts

Kenya and Zambia move towards 5G with new spectrum allocations while Tunisie Telecom plans to shut down its 3G network - that and more in this month's Omdia View.

More Guest Perspectives

Partner perspectives

All Partner Perspectives

Like us on Facebook

Newsletter Sign Up


Sign Up