Safaricom seeks additional 800MHz spectrum for LTE expansion

25 Aug 2015

Safaricom, Kenya’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, has applied for additional spectrum from the Communications Authority (CA) of Kenya, in order to facilitate the expansion of its 4G LTE network across the country. The Star cites a gazette notice from the regulator as saying that the operator is seeking additional frequencies in the 800MHz band.

In November 2014 Safaricom signed a KES14.9 billion (USD157.1 million) deal with the government to construct a national security and surveillance system, and was offered the chance to buy 4G radio spectrum as part of the agreement. The company paid USD75 million for the spectrum, switching on Kenya’s first LTE network in Nairobi and Mombasa the following month, TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes.