Telkom Kenya has added 224 New 4G sites at the Coast and Lower Eastern Regions. The expansion covers Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, Lamu, and Taita/Taveta, as well as Makueni, Machakos, Kitui, and Kajiado Counties.
This is the first phase of Telkom’s Mobile 4G network expansion and is part of the additional 2,000 4G sites that it will add to its network, countrywide, by the end of 2023. In November last year, the telco signed an MoU with networks and telecommunications company Ericsson, and systems integrator NEC XON for this expansion.
This nationwide rollout which is set to cost US $ 100M is part of Telkom’s long-term network expansion strategy that addresses digital transformation. It also lays the groundwork for the company’s long-term goal to become the technology partner of choice to its customers in Kenya and the region.
The company notes that digital transformation is particularly important within the telecommunications sector, creating an increased demand for broadband, connectivity, and digital platforms, by the individual consumer, corporates, and the public sector.
“This is a very exciting milestone for Telkom. We firmly believe that Mobile Data is a fundamental human right and it has now emerged as a daily necessity. We remain committed to better position our infrastructure asset base and services to drive digital transformation within our various Customer segments thus providing them with more value, as well as bridge the digital divide through the expansion of our Mobile Data Network.” Telkom Kenya’s CEO, Mr. Mugo Kibati says:
Today’s customer is also demanding more competitive and comprehensive products that address their different and ever-changing needs: browsing, downloading, streaming, mobile money transactions, reading the news online, and updating their apps; actions that are now very important to everyday life.
“We remain cognisant of the integral role our Mobile Data network plays in keeping our customers connected. We are on course with our long-term terrestrial network expansion plan which will see us scale up to 80% of our network to 4G, increase our network footprint across the country, and get more Kenyans online.” Mr. Kibati adds.
At the same time Telkom Kenya says pre-paid Mobile Subscribers on its network at the Coast and Lower Eastern regions will also get to enjoy the Barizi Bundle, an hourly Mobile Bundle that is exclusive to the region. All a customer will need to do is dial *544*0*2#, follow the prompts and access the Bundle. The hourly bundle has two offers: 350 MB at KSh. 5, and 1GB at KSh. 10.