Safaricom expands coverage

26 Apr 2004

Kenyan GSM operator Safaricom has inaugurated a number of very small aperture terminals (VSATs) into its network to expand the coverage of its services to the country’s remote Eastern Province. Owned by Vodafone (40%) and fixed line incumbent Telkom Kenya (40%). Safaricom claimed 1.24 million subscribers at the end of 2003, a market share of 64.32%, having expanded its customer base by 114% over the year. The operator attributed the strong growth to its GSM infrastructure expansion programme; in April 2002 it installed a third switch in Nairobi, and by March 2004 had deployed over 400 base stations. In February 2004 Safaricom contracted InterWAVE Communications to complete phase four of its GSM network rollout.

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