Safaricom, Kenya’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, has announced the launch of VoLTE technology to significantly improve the voice quality of calls over its mobile 4G network. The service is available nationwide to customers with a 4G device that supports VoLTE and a 4G-enabled SIM card, and will be offered at no additional cost compared to standard calls.
‘Today, we are proud to introduce the latest calling technology across the country which will enable Kenyans to make voice and video calls over 4G. Beyond crystal clear voice calls, VoLTE further empowers our customers to better connect with families, friends and at work with high-quality video calling at no extra cost. Any Kenyan now has the freedom to make crystal clear calls and to make and receive clear video calls wherever they may be, on our 4G network,’ commented the firm’s Chief Customer Officer Sylvia Mulinge.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database states that Safaricom was the first telco to roll out a 4G network in Kenya in December 2014, and in June 2017 it upgraded parts of the network to LTE-A. Last month the firm revealed plans to double 4G coverage to 5,000 base stations by March 2020. Safaricom expects to invest over KES36 billion (USD348 million) extending coverage to all major towns and 80% of the country’s population through an additional 2,030 LTE and LTE-A (‘4G+’) base stations.