Safaricom has extended its 4G network to all the 47 counties in Kenya in a competitive bid that will see clueless Jamii Telecom’s Faiba Mobile struggle to catch up.
Safaricom also announced that by the month of November 2017 its active 4G subscribers had reached 1 million across the country.
“The country has consistently stood out as a global innovation powerhouse and a leader in global mobile technology adoption. This milestone further cements Kenya’s position and establishes a strong foundation for future innovation,” said Joseph Ogutu, Director – Strategy, Safaricom.
The company says the milestone has been achieved with its 4G network now available across all 47 counties in the country. Safaricom became the first network to rollout a 4G network in the country in December 2014. Last year, the firm began an accelerated 4G network expansion across key towns in the country, coupled with the rollout of enhanced 4G+ technology. 4G+ sites allow customers to experience speeds in excess of 150 Megabits per second (Mbps).
As a result of this accelerated expansion, Safaricom now has more than 1,400 4G sites reaching more than 33 percent of the country’s population. The company also says more than 16 percent of its 4G sites are on 4G+ or LTE Carrier Aggregation Technology.
In a further move to frustrate Faiba Mobile, in December 2017, the company will be rewarding its 4G customers by offering a free data bundle equivalent to every monthly bundle purchased. Faiba 4G Mobile is running on the superior 700mhz spectrum which unfortunately is not compatible with most of the devices sold in the country.