Telkom has completed the Coast and Lower Eastern phase of its countrywide Mobile 4G/LTE network expansion, covering Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, Lamu and Taita/Taveta, as well as Makueni, Machakos, Kitui and Kajiado Counties.
This network expansion in the area is a key milestone within the nationwide network rollout plan that Telkom, together with its partners, networks and telecommunications company Ericsson and systems integrator NEC XON, announced in November last year, to add an additional 2,000 4G sites onto Telkom’s Mobile 4G/LTE Network by 2023.
This nationwide rollout that is set to cost US $ 100M, is part of Telkom’s long-term network expansion strategy that addresses digital transformation, as well as lays the groundwork towards the company’s long-term goal to become the technology partner of choice to its customers in Kenya and the region. 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.
Mugo Kibati, CEO of Telkom Kenya said, “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.”
Customers nowadays are demanding more competitive and comprehensive products that address their differing 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.
Kibati added, “We remain cognizant 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.”