Telkom Kenya, the fixed and mobile operator which was sold by Orange Group to private equity firm Helios Investment Partners in June 2016, has invested USD50 million in expanding its wireless network coverage across the country. Local newspaper The Star quotes Telkom’s CTO John Barorot as saying that the company, in which the Kenyan government retains a 40% stake, is in the final stages of boosting its network efficiency in a bid to catch up with competitors Safaricom and Airtel. ‘We are currently putting up an additional 500 sites, which will increase our network capacity to 1,100 sites … So far, 350 sites are complete and we expect to finalise this project in the next three months,’ Barorot was cited as saying. In addition, the executive revealed that Telkom is currently rolling out 4G LTE services in seven towns and cities, namely Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Nyeri, Eldoret and Meru. The fixed and mobile operator has also laid more than 7,000km of fibre to provide SMEs and corporate clients dedicated lines with broadband speeds of up to 10Mbps.