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Airtel Kenya ready to roll out 4G network

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Airtel Kenya ready to roll out 4G network
Airtel Kenya ready to roll out 4G network. (image: Shutterstock)

The Communications Authority (CA) has confirmed that Airtel Kenya has finalised payment for its 4G LTE licence Kenya. The telecom operator paid $25 million licence fee for the 4G LTE 800 MHz signal.

Airtel Kenya has not yet officially launched the high-speed network, but it has been testing the signal across the country since April 2017 with an aim to grow sites covered by the spectrum to 65 sites. In October 2017, the company applied to extend its 4G trial licence.

Airtel is the second telco in Kenya to acquire a full 4G license after Safaricom which acquired 4G in January of 2017 after a two-year trial phase.

“We are in the process of rolling out 4G and we expect to officially launch soon. We are driving towards the fastest speeds at the most affordable rates in Kenyan market with Airtel 4G. Customers with 4G-enabled phones together with 4G SIM cards are now able to experience our 4G network in various parts of Nairobi,” said Airtel Kenya.

Telkom Kenya and Jamii Telecom have also rolled out 4G for home broadband and mobile telecommunications respectively in a bid to increase their market share.

Data from CA shows that during the June-September period Airtel Networks Limited recorded a market share of 15.7 percent in mobile data subscriptions, second to Safaricom’s 76 percent market share.

The Authority has been keen to switch to the high-speed 4G network from 3G, saying it will enable the telcos to offer broadband-based TV broadcasts.

Edited by Fundisiwe Maseko
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