Safaricom investing in rural expansion, targets 3G coverage of 80%

9 Sep 2016

Safaricom, Kenya’s largest mobile network operator by subscribers, is earmarking ‘a significant portion’ of its KES32 billion (USD310.6 million) annual network investment budget for the improvement of its coverage in rural areas. CEO Bob Collymore said that the company plans to ensure that 80% of the country will have access to its 3G mobile data network by the end of the year. Speaking at the Africa Green Revolution Forum, Collymore said that efforts to revamp and accelerate agricultural production in sub-Saharan Africa will require the effort of both the public and private sector players. He noted that access to the internet and mobile value added services (VAS), including mobile banking solutions, will promote market access, adding that Safaricom has committed to connect around 23,000 public primary schools to the internet.

Kenya, Safaricom