Safaricom has announced an expansion of its 5G coverage to 28 towns across 21 counties. This is a significant milestone for the company, which launched 5G in Kenya in October 2022, making it the first service provider in the country to do so. With the latest announcement, Safaricom 5G is available in 28 more towns in 21 counties including Nairobi, Kiambu, Mombasa, Kisumu, Uasin Gishu, Nakuru, Garissa, Kajiado, Kisii Machakos, Kakamega, Kilifi, Siaya, Kericho, Kwale, Laikipia, Marsabit, Meru, Narok, Nyeri and Vihiga Counties.
The expanded 5G coverage means that customers in 5G areas can now enjoy superfast internet connectivity on the move, as well as in their homes and businesses. Safaricom has also introduced 5G data bundles that are personalized based on usage, enabling over 400,000 customers with 5G smartphones to browse at ultra-fast speeds of between 400Mbps and 700Mbps.
“As a digital lifestyle enabler, we are excited about a 5G future, which makes it possible to close the digital divide in underserved communities, provide access to critical services such as healthcare, or spur economic growth by connecting small businesses to new opportunities. By increasing 5G coverage, we are enhancing Kenya’s best internet network and empowering our customers to start exploring the possibilities of 5G,” said Peter Ndegwa, CEO, Safaricom PLC.
In addition to the 5G coverage expansion and the introduction of 5G data bundles, Safaricom has also launched 5G Wi-Fi for home and enterprise customers in 5G zones. Customers can check available 5G zones or get 5G Wi-Fi by visiting https://internet.safaricom.co.ke/5g-wireless/coverage.
Safaricom has also partnered with Huawei to set up three 5G experience centers in Nairobi. These centers feature virtual reality gaming zones, showcases of smart-capabilities for homes and enterprises, and speed-testing booths.
Safaricom’s consist investment in its network has seen its 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G networks cover 97% of Kenya’s population, while its fiber network has passed more than 450,000 homes and businesses.