Telkom pledges Ksh. 1 billion into expansion

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Telkom Kenya CEO Mugo Kibati
Telkom Kenya CEO; Mugo Kibati.

Telkom Kenya will dedicate KSh. 1 billion into the expansion and optimisation of its 4G and 3G network, the telco announced on Wednesday.

According to Telkom CEO, Mr. Mugo Kibati, the network roll-out will see to the improvement of mobile connectivity and boosting the quality of service to customers.

“It remains our objective to entrench our position as Kenya’s preferred Data network, which can only be achieved through the evolution of our network to become a stronger and future fit telco. The strategic support from our shareholders and other partners is giving impetus to our data network expansion strategy,” Mr. Kibati said in a statement.

In addition to improving mobile connectivity, Telkom will also invest in its Fibre-to-the-Building (FTTB) Network, which is set to improve the quality of service offered to enterprise and corporate customers. The focus will include investments into access, core, transmission and IT components; infrastructure that is crucial to further improving network reliability and accessibility.

Similarly, the telco announced it would collaborate with Google’s sister company Loon LLC to launch an innovative 4G/LTE access network service that uses high altitude balloons which act as floating cell towers to better network coverage in un-served and under-served areas, around the Mount Kenya region, including: Thika, Nakuru, Nyeri and Nanyuki. This is expected to be completed within the first half of 2019.

Telkom Kenya is an integrated telecommunications provider in Kenya. It was previously a part of the Kenya Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (KPTC) which was the sole provider of both postal and telecommunication services. The company was established as a telecommunications operator in April 1999, after the split of KPTC into the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK), the Postal Corporation of Kenya and Telkom Kenya

The telecommunications firm has been making headlines in the past few days after it was revealed that the Telco and rival firm Airtel were considering forming a merger in an attempt to create a stronger challenger to Telco giant Safaricom that has dominated the Kenyan communications market in the last two decades.

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