Orange Kenya has launched its GSM network in Wajir County in the northern part of the country. This move is part of the telco’s mission to connect all counties to its high speed network.
Company CEO Vincent Lobry said: “Orange is proud to be undertaking this network expansion as we seek to strengthen our national broadband reach across the country. ICTs are integral for the growth of business and access to information.”
The company is already recording impressive results from its data business, with the unit growing by 50 percent in the last quarter of 2014. This performance has been propelled by the provision of the Orange high-speed broadband to 35 county governments and through the improvement of the company’s network across the country.
“We are committed to ensuring that our county residents enjoy the 3G network in partnership with Telkom Kenya. The 3G network will also aid in opening up opportunities for business in Wajir, as well as supporting the county government in improving their service offering through integrated ICT solutions,” says Abdihafidh Yarow, the Wajir County Deputy Governor. Wajir County was recognised as the county with the Best use of ICT in Counties by the ICT Association of Kenya (ICTAK) during the ICT Value Awards, in December, 2014.
Orange recently added 14 urban centres to its 3G network and by end of the first quarter of 2015, an additional 27 urban areas will be linked onto its network, bringing the number of new 3G locations to 41 across the country.