Airtel Kenya announced yesterday that it has invested Ksh 2.5 billion to upgrade its network to improve indoor coverage and 3G quality in Kenya. The company reported that it has already upgraded all its sites in Mombasa and Kitale townships while Nairobi is still in progress. Upgrading of sites in Nairobi will be completed soon.
Airtel is keen to improve indoor coverage penetration and improve 3G quality is Kenya because of the rise in demand for data services and the increasing proliferation of Smartphones.
Airtel has partnered with Nokia Networks for this upgrade project. Nokia networks is one of the world’s leading specialists when it comes to mobile broadband. Partnering with Nokia means that Airtel users should expect the best of the best.
Commenting on this project, Airtel Kenya’s Managing Director, Mr. El Youssefi, “We have invested 2.5 billion shillings in this exercise and plan to continue investing significantly in the network to provide our customers with the best possible user experience across the country. The project will increase the reach and coverage of Airtel’s 3G network, enabling our customers take full advantage of what Airtel has to offer.”
Mr. Youssefi added “With the network upgrade, customers will be better able to take advantage of services such as the recently launched Airtel #UnlimiNet, free twitter on Airtel Internet, Internet.org- free internet powered by Airtel and Facebook, amongst a bouquet of other data services.”
Upgrading its 3G network makes Airtel 4G LTE ready. Airtel Kenya has not given an ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) for its 4G network in Kenya but I expect that to be very soon as talk about this subject has increased of late. Airtel already has 4G in Rwanda and Seychelles so Kenya will probably be next.