Airtel Kenya Invests Kes. 2.5 Billion To Upgrade Its 3G Network
Today Airtel Kenya announced that it has invested Kes 2.5 Billion so far to upgrade its mobile network to enhance indoor coverage and overall 3G data quality in Kenya. The upgrade has so far been completed in Mombasa and Kitale with Nairobi’s currently underway.
One of the major benefits of Airtel’s 3G upgrade in Kenya is that it utilizes the UMTS 900 Mhz spectrum which enhances indoor coverage penetration and improves data quality for users. Nokia Networks is undertaking the 3G upgrade project for Airtel Kenya.
Another bonus of the major network upgrade is that Airtel Kenya will be 4G/LTE ready as a result of the much needed enhancements? It is expected that other mobile networks in Kenya will launch 4G/LTE later this year a follow-up to Safaricom’s launch of the same in late 2014.
Do you happen to know what spectrum Airtel will be using for their 4G/LTE service?
@steve Thanks for your comment. The Communications Authority of Kenya will require Safaricom to share some of their 4G capacity to competitors. This was announced late last year as Safaricom launched their 4G network after securing spectrum as a result of their roll-out of the Government’s security network.