Safaricom Kenya offering Microsoft’s latest devices

Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore.

Safaricom has announced that it is introducing Microsoft’s mobile devices, the Lumia 930 and Lumia 830. The announcement comes as Safaricom is rolling out a number of new devices for its networks and hopes that the increase in the number of devices available will help spur continued growth.

According to the company, the devices “will be available in either black or white with a premium gold finish at Safaricom outlets for recommended retail prices of KES 57,999 and KES 42,999.”

The offering of new mobile devices comes as Safaricom reported this week that it had seen massive growth in net profit for the company, which is among Africa’s top grossing telecom operators.

Overall, Safaricom reported that its total revenue increased 13 percent to KES 163.4 billion from KES 144.7 billion the previous financial period, which included an 8.3 percent growth in subscribers.

The company says it currently has around 23 million users. Safaricom said that revenue increased 15 percent in SMS growth to KES 15.6 billion, which it argued was a result of increased use of SMS budget bundles and SMS-based promotions.

The company also says that it has plans in the works to increase its overall 3G network coverage.

Joseph Mayton