Over the following yr, Safaricom will broaden its fifth technology community to extra cities all through the nation. The corporate introduced that it’s increasing the 5G community to 5 extra cities, bringing the overall variety of cities that shall be related to the brand new community by 2023 to 9.
In accordance with its annual report, the telco goals to extend the variety of its 5G websites to greater than 200 places with a basic uptake over the medium time period.
“It’s anticipated that almost all of Kenya’s cellular connections shall be on 5G by 2029 and our community masts are ready for this progress,” Safaricom said.
“Nonetheless, within the medium-term, we’ll nonetheless acknowledge a major alternative to extend penetration of 4G gadgets earlier than scaling to 5G rollout.”
Safaricom’s 5G community is now being examined in city areas of main cities like Nairobi, Kisumu, Kisii, and Kakamega. Safaricom revealed plans to commercialize the community later this yr.
Within the meantime, the telco elevated its 4G protection from 94 % to 97 % within the yr ended March 2022.
Kenyan telcos are already getting ready for the launch of 5G, and Airtel has detailed preparations in place as nicely. The corporate started a wide-scale 5G rollout by upgrading 600 websites across the nation to be 5G appropriate.
As a way to perform the community, Safaricom had beforehand claimed that it was relying on a large adoption of 5G cellular gadgets. Nonetheless, 5G gadget prices are excessive.
As a way to roll out the community, Safaricom had beforehand claimed that it was relying on a large adoption of 5G cellular gadgets. The community can not broaden due to the costly price of 5G gadgets, which the telco plans to make use of to extend market penetration for cellular information.