Airtel Kenya partners with Kenya Data Networks to roll out 3G network countrywide

Press Release

Customers to enjoy faster Internet and data speeds across Kenya

Nairobi 7th March 2011 – Airtel Kenya today entered into a partnership with Kenya Data Networks (KDN), a leading telecommunications infrastructure provider, to upgrade its transmission network in readiness for the launch of its third generation 3G HSPA network. Under the five year partnership, KDN will inter-link airtel sites through its extensive countrywide fibre optic network.

The improved 3G service will lead to increased mobile internet speeds for airtel mobile consumers. Both Corporate and Personal consumers will benefit from the increased speed and coverage. Customers will enjoy more multimedia applications and experience enhanced operation of existing applications, including real-time video conferencing. They will also download videos, images and music faster; besides accessing email, games and performing financial transactions faster.

Speaking during the signing ceremony, KDN Chief Executive Officer Mr. Rikus Matthyser said the contract was in line with KDN’s core objective of providing its clients with world class telecommunications infrastructure. “We take pride in the fact that our services positively impact the day-to-day operations of our clients and we remain committed to providing quality services through partnerships such as the one with airtel,” said Mr. Matthyser.

Airtel Kenya Managing Director Mr. Rene Meza said the infrastructural improvement would go a long way in improving the company’s data service experience for its customers and would strategically place the company in a favorable position to enhance its Share of Market in the Data Services sector. “Mobile broadband is a catalyst for economic growth and development and many of our customers will enjoy an improved online experience. This will further drive mobile penetration and accelerate the Internet and email access in Kenya in line with the Government goals in Vision 2030,” said Mr. Meza.

Airtel Kenya Managing Director Mr. Rene Meza (Left) and KDN Chief Executive Officer Mr. Rikus Matthyser (Right) sign an agreement to upgrade airtel's transmission network in readiness for the launch of its third generation 3G HSPA network. Under the five year partnership, KDN will inter-link Airtel sites through its extensive countrywide fibre optic network

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  1. ck
    March 8, 2011 at 5:03 am — Reply

    what are the time limits for the rollout? they had promised to have the service running by end of first quarter. is this still the case?

  2. saran
    March 10, 2011 at 9:06 am — Reply

    when the media (airtel tv channel network) gonna enter here in Nairobi, kenya?

  3. jairo
    March 18, 2011 at 7:12 am — Reply

    last time Mr. Rene Meza was on NTV being interviewed by Larry, he said they will go live by the end of April this year, was he guessing or is this still the case…

  4. ngeny
    April 25, 2011 at 5:56 am — Reply

    It is the last week of April 2011. No word on update. certainly no 3G in service. Zain or is it Airtel, are nil by mouth. This organisation is lacking in credibility. Who can now trust them?

  5. tiga
    April 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm — Reply

    they’re lying about the dates. dont think their 3G rollout will happen anytime soon. atleast another 6 months i think. they must be experiencing problems and are too scared to talk about them in public. safaricom always delivers on its words.

  6. jairo
    May 30, 2011 at 9:41 am — Reply

    bure kabisa, im not waiting any longer, just bought me the Orange 3G+ moderm…Airtel bundles are the most expensive and the connection is the slowest in the market today…

  7. jairo
    May 31, 2011 at 7:48 am — Reply

    went to one of the airtel shops today to get my line replaced, had a chat with one of the customer care personnel and she informed me that the much anticipated Airtel’s 3G service is going live on the 1st of june 2011 as in tomorrow …i bet its just another one of their lies, lets wait and see

  8. jairo
    June 2, 2011 at 2:05 pm — Reply

    Finally airtel 3g is here, im in mombasa and im connected using a safaricom modem that i unlocked, i put the airtel sim into the sim slot and the indicator lit blue, which indicates its 3G… The funny thing is that the network is not the much anticipated HSPDA but the WCDMA, i dont know if i got the abbr. Right but all i know is that the one that safaricom has us much faster…enjoy

  9. Sushil
    September 17, 2011 at 7:38 pm — Reply

    No hope of 3G from airtel
    its been a whole year they are promising for the speeds but yet the pathetic low speeds

  10. Allano
    December 7, 2011 at 10:10 am — Reply

    no 3G. all i’m getting is EDGE. it’s 2011 and all Airtel can offer is EDGE…

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