Telkom has entered the home broadband segment with the introduction of a home data offer dubbed the ‘Home Plan’ for its home users with 4G after rebranding and leaving the Orange Telecom ghosts behind.
The firm says its Home Plan on 4G will be available in all major cities and towns in Kenya. Telkom has so far rolled-out about 160 4G sites across the country in a US$50 million network and upgrading investment. Safaricom has over 1100 sites and recently launched 4.5G in 100 of its sites.
Telkom’s 4G is supported by significant investments in fiber optic undersea cables. It has stakes in TEAMs, a 5,000-kilometre undersea fibre optic cable (through Fujairah in the UAE), in LION2, a 2,700-kilometre cable (through Mayotte in Mauritius) and in the East Africa Submarine System cable.
It also manages the governments National Optic Fibre Backbone, a national inland fibre optic cable network. Telkom subscribers are set to enjoy free daily access to WhatsApp, as part of celebrations to mark the launch of its new brand.
With the free access to WhatsApp, subscribers can call, chat and share videos on the platform without any charges to their data consumption. This offer is valid throughout the launching period.
The offer underlines the firm’s commitment to delight its subscribers through unbeatable offers and rewards with the launch of the new consumer-facing brand – Telkom.
“We are committed to staying true to our mission of connecting the people that make Kenya move. WhatsApp is a popular platform for conversation, calling and sharing in Kenya today. By facilitating these conversations we are connecting Kenyans,” says company CEO, Aldo Mareuse.
To enjoy the offer, subscribers will need to dial *544# and select the ‘Free WhatsApp’ option.