Airtel Kenya Sets to launch 5G Network in the Country

ByEdwin Mukora
Published on: Feb 13, 2023 12:02
Airtel Kenya Ltd headquarters. Photo| Courtesy

With the high demand for fast and reliable internet, telecommunication firm, Airtel Kenya has announced plans to launch its fifth-generation mobile broadband internet connectivity commonly referred to as 5g network in the country.

This is according to Segun Ogunsanya, CEO of Airtel Africa, the parent company of Airtel Kenya. Ogunsanya has said that the company has acquired a spectrum in four African countries including Kenya in rolling out the 5G Connectivity. The other countries in the plan are Tanzania, Zambia, and Nigeria.

The move is expected to boost the connectivity as 5g is much faster compared to and more reliable than the current 4G connectivity which is widely spread across the country.

This comes a few months after the telco’s main competitor in the country Safaricom launched its 5G network that is aimed at empowering retail and enterprise customers to start exploring new opportunities through the internet in five 5 G-ready counties OF Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa, Kakamega, and Kisii.

However, 5g connectivity needs one to have more 5G smartphones, which are quite expensive for most customers. Data charges have also increased in the recent past, thus only serving a small portion of the subscribers, and will initially be available in select Nairobi neighbourhoods.

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