Telkom rolls out 200 new 4G sites in Nairobi; Airtel plans LTE expansion

21 Aug 2018

Telkom Kenya has activated 200 new 4G sites in Nairobi and its environs to meet growing customer demand for high-speed data services. The new additions bring the operator’s total number of LTE sites in the city to 300 and comes alongside a larger countrywide network expansion and densification programme that seeks to increase Telkom’s capacity in handling mobile data traffic. Telkom says it has invested more than KES8 billion in network expansion and infrastructure rollout in the past two years.

Following the launch of its own LTE network in May, Airtel Kenya says it plans to expand 4G outside of its existing coverage areas of Nairobi and Mombasa, reports Business Daily. The network investment is part of a strategy that earlier this month saw the firm cut its call rate to all other networks by 50% to KES2 per minute. Earlier this year, the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) confirmed that Airtel had paid USD25 million for a licence to provide LTE services in the 800MHz frequency band.

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