When Telkom Kenya relaunched, the company made sure that everyone knew that it had 4G coverage in some parts of the country. This was a big achievement for the company as at the time the only other operator with 4G coverage was Safaricom. Airtel Kenya was at the time still promising its customers that it was going to roll out 4G in the major towns.
What most people did not know is that Telkom Kenya’s 4G coverage was limited to certain regions only. This may have been the case but things are changing as Telkom Kenya has announced expansion of its 4G-network in Nairobi and its environs: Athi River, Syokimau, Kitengela, Thika, Kiambu town, Kikuyu town, Kiserian and Ngong. Some people in these areas have reportedly been using Telkom 4G but it was not that stable and the latest development may change that.
Telkom Kenya says that right now it has 4G coverage in over 30 towns and urban areas across the country. This is commendable for Telkom Kenya and means that the company is way ahead of Airtel Kenya, a company whose future is unknown. Safaricom is still the market leader in this sector and Telkom has some catching up to do.
Telkom’s CEO, Aldo Mareuse, says that the Telco’s network expansion and densification are strategic for the business, with the goal of enhancing its speeds, capacity, quality, reliability and reach.
“We remain committed to consistently refining and progressively expanding our network across the country, thereby assuring availability and the delivery of high quality service to our customers.”
This network expansion follows Telkom’s announcement that it has reached a definitive agreement to dispose up to 723 of its towers to the American Tower Company, a move that will allow the firm to focus on its core function of providing quality telecommunications services to its customers. The sale will also release capital for further investment in Telkom’s network and a number of state-of-the-art IT platforms, all aimed at further enhancing services to customers as they demand higher quality and speed from their mobile data providers.
“We aim to strengthen our entire fibre network and create further redundancies, leading to increased availability and transmission quality and a decrease in network downtime,” says Mareuse, adding that the first phase of this exercise is ongoing, with the second phase set to start in July, this year.
“Our long term goal is to build a holistic network that provides for higher speeds, capacity, quality and reliability, as we also seek to further the densification of our network.”
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