Telkom Kenya has announced plans to invest KES1 billion (USD9.8 million) in the expansion and optimisation of its 3G and 4G networks. The rollout will see to the improvement of mobile connectivity, coverage and capacity, boosting the quality of service to customers. In addition to improving mobile connectivity, Telkom will also invest in its fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) network to improve the quality of service offered to enterprise and corporate customers. The focus will include investments into access, core, transmission and IT components. ‘It remains our objective to entrench our position as Kenya’s preferred data network, which can only be achieved through the evolution of our network to become a stronger and future fit telco. The strategic support from our shareholders and other partners is giving impetus to our data network expansion strategy,’ commented Telkom CEO Mugo Kibati.
In partnership with the Communications Authority (CA), Kenyan mobile operators are installing new base stations to boost network connectivity in rural areas, a move which is expected to connect 300,000 people. Telkom is required to roll out 14 GSM sites to cover 28 sub-locations in nine counties, under the auspices of the Universal Service Fund (USF).