NAIROBI – KENYA has achieved the milestone of 1 million active 4G customers on the back of an expanding 4G network, increased affordability of 4G smartphones and more affordable data bundles.
According to Safaricom, the milestone has been achieved in November.
“The country has consistently stood out as a global innovation powerhouse and a leader in global mobile technology adoption. This milestone further cements Kenya’s position and establishes a strong foundation for future innovation,” said Joseph Ogutu, Director of Strategy, Safaricom.
The company says the milestone has been achieved with its 4G network now available across all 47 counties in the country.
Safaricom became the first network to rollout a 4G network in the country in December 2014.
Last year, the firm began an accelerated 4G network expansion across key towns in the country, coupled with the rollout of enhanced 4G+ technology. 4G+ sites allow customers to experience speeds in excess of 150 Megabits per second (Mbps).
As a result of this accelerated expansion, Safaricom now has more than 1 400 4G sites reaching more than 33 percent of the country’s population.
The company also says more than 16 percent of its 4G sites are on 4G+ or LTE Carrier Aggregation Technology.
More Kenyans can now afford 4G devices with the price having dropped to as low as Sh 6 000. Data prices on Safaricom have also reduced by an aggregate of 29 percent, leading to increasing usage.
– CAJ News