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Kenya’s Equitel Becomes Africa’s First MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) To Launch 5G Services.

Equitel has just launched its 5G services in Kenya making it the first mobile virtual network operator or MVNO to do so in Africa. Equitel is a subsidiary of Finserve which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Equity Bank, one of Kenya’s and East Africa’s largest banking groups. Equitel runs on Airtel Kenya’s mobile network which has been the case since its inception. This partnership builds on their previous success with 4G services, pushing the envelope further via the launch of 5G by Equitel.

The current availability of Equitel’s 5G service spans over 370 locations across Kenya in major cities and towns like Mombasa, Nakuru, Nairobi, and Eldoret. This wide coverage aims to ensure that more Kenyans can access high-speed internet, thereby making significant strides in bridging the digital divide. What’s more intriguing is the plan to extend these services to densely populated areas, including residential neighborhoods and shopping centers, ensuring that the benefits of 5G connectivity are widely shared. 

Equitel has long been at the forefront of mobile banking in Kenya, offering users ease of access, convenience, and affordability in financial transactions. This latest development in their service offering demonstrates their commitment to not just financial inclusion but also to enhancing the quality of digital lifestyles for their customers. For instance, the ability to transact freely between Equitel lines and to pay for goods and services without any charges at over 1M merchants in Kenya. Moreover, Equitel’s “my life” platform provides value beyond connectivity by offering access to a range of informative content that enriches the lives of its customers with vital information that meets their daily needs and improves their overall quality of life.

In celebration of its 5G launch, Equitel is rolling out compelling data bundle offers, including a 100% bonus on selected days. This move is not just about marking a milestone; it’s about giving back to the community that has supported them through their journey. However, to tap into Equitel’s 5G network, customers need to be equipped with 4G-LTE SIM cards to enjoy the full range of 5G benefits. Equitel has made provisions for this transition for those still on 3G SIM cards with dedicated representatives ready to assist customers at Equity Bank branches throughout Kenya.

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