Trio seek 4G trial licence extension

3 Oct 2017

Three telecoms operators are seeking approval from the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) for the extension of their 4G trial licences, reports Daily Nation. Mobile network operators (MNOs) Airtel Kenya and Telkom Kenya, and broadband service provider Jamii Telecommunications have asked the regulator for more time to test high-speed data services. Jamii’s one-year trial licence expired on 15 September and Telkom’s ran out at the end of that month, while Airtel’s permit, which was first awarded in March 2016, expired in August but was extended to the end of this year. ‘The trial extension that we have requested from the regulator is to ensure better deployment, increase of our capacity and coverage, before full commercialisation and rollout of new products and solutions on 4G,’ Telkom Kenya said. Trial licences are free of charge, with the price of a commercial licences set at KES2.5 billion (USD23.8 million). The CA has allowed the trio to continue their trials whilst their extension applications are reviewed.