According to Business Daily Africa, mobile operator Safaricom has completed a KES2.3 billion (USD24.3 million) network upgrade in western Kenya. The process, which commenced in September 2010, has seen 117 new 2G base stations rolled out in the region, whilst an additional 121 towers have been upgraded to support the operator’s 3G network. Among the areas covered by the upgrade and installation are: Okore and Ombeyi in Kisumu County; Lubao and Shianda (in Kakamega); and Wagai market and the surrounding villages along the busy Luanda-Siaya road, an area which previously lacked coverage altogether. Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore commented: ‘We will continue to invest in our network to ensure we not only have the most modern and reliable network in this market, but we can also assure our subscribers – wherever they are in Kenya – of the best overall customer experience’. To date Safaricom is the only one of Kenya’s four cellcos to have commercially launched its 3G network, which went live in May 2008. Rivals Airtel Kenya and Telkom Kenya (Orange) are poised to inaugurate their respective third-generation networks before the end of 2011.