4G technology or Long Term Evolution (LTE) connectivity will serve as replacement technology for many regions or counties in Kenya as the government pushes for national coverage before 2013.
A report in The Star in Nairobi quotes government representatives as saying that county authorities must be connected online by December and this drive will be supported by both cable connectivity and 4G.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication, Bitange Ndemo, told the publication that broadband links to every county will be completed by December, either through Fibre optic or LTE.
Although the first phase is reportedly completed, the report states that the government may have to initiate re-routing in order to include regions that may have been left out in maps that were based on out-dated administrative boundaries.
Meanwhile it has also been reported that the country’s treasury has given the green light to the formation of a public-private consortium responsible for the roll out of 4G.
The ten-member group will include four mobile operators, Safaricom, Airtel, Essar (yu) and Telkom Orange.