Several devolved counties in Kenya, including Bomet, Busia, Isiolo, Kitui, Mandera, Migori, and Tharaka-Nithi, have recently gained access to internet connectivity. This expansion joins the ranks of counties like Nairobi, Mombasa, Uasin Gishu, and Nakuru, which were already connected.
Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa expressed enthusiasm for the potential of a 5G future, which could help bridge the digital divide in underserved communities, offer crucial services like healthcare, and stimulate economic growth by linking small businesses to new opportunities. He emphasized that expanding 5G coverage strengthens Kenya's internet network and empowers customers to explore the potential of 5G technology.
Furthermore, Safaricom has reduced the prices of 5G routers by 60%, making them more accessible at Sh9,999 compared to the previous price of Sh25,000. In October 2022, Safaricom became the first service provider in Kenya to launch 5G.
To allow Kenyans to experience the transformative potential of 5G in homes and businesses, Safaricom, in collaboration with Huawei, has established three 5G experience centers in Nairobi. These centers, located in Safaricom’s Village Market, The Hub, and Buruburu Shops, feature virtual reality gaming zones, demonstrations of smart capabilities for homes and businesses, and speed-testing booths.