Seems like we have wrote so much about Safaricom today but there’s so much data we haven’t even touched and we wouldn’t have time and space to publish.
However, Safaricom is serious about walking its Best Network in Kenya journey, with a new set of goals to increase our 3G population coverage to 80%, and to roll-out our 4G network to an additional 13 towns and cities by December 2015.
The firm also announced it’s new box will give Kenyan’s free-to-air TV channels apart from 3G and 4G and Wi-Fi because Safaricom belives that mobile data is one of its key drivers of future growth.
“Today we are announcing the launch of Safaricom’s home broadband solution, which is a set-top box that brings the 3G and 4G network into the home, and distributes the superfast connectivity via Wi-Fi to any existing Wi-Fi enabled devices,” said Bob Collymore, Safaricom CEO. “As an added bonus the set-top box brings Kenyan digital free-to-air TV channels to the customers’ TV. We will offer a wider range of relevant content and Video-on-demand in the coming year.”
“The Box,” is estimated to retail at KES 3,500 and yes, it runs on Android and apart from high-speed Internet users can watch HD TV, play games and as well stream YouTube videos and watch Video on Demand and it’s approved by the Communications Authority.
This will cut out the media houses which have been using legal loopholes to fight digital migration. The firm also said it’s 4G network is now available in Nairobi and Mombasa, and will be rolled out to another 13 towns and cities by year end.
“This is a first for Kenya and will enable our customers to experience superfast home broadband and mobile data offerings,” added Collymore.
At the end of this month, Safaricom also said it will launch phase one of the National Police Network in Nairobi and Mombasa to help with security. The firm was contracted by the Government of Kenya to build a 4G push-to-talk network and CCTV cameras in December 2014.
For business, the firm said it’s soon to complete the fibre connection of its first 1,000 buildings to further enhance its hosted PABX, fixed calling, fixed data, cloud services and managed services offerings.
Safaricom now has 23,350,000 subscribers of which 20,630,000 are registered M-PESA customers and 85,756 M-PESA agents. The firm made 87.41b in revenue from calls which is 3.66 increase, made 15.63b in revenue and 14.82b from mobile data and 32.63 from M-PESA. 5.67B was made from handsets while fixed service revenue was 3.13b and acquisitions and other revenue stood at 1.44b.