Telkom completes first phase of 4G/LTE network expansion at the Coast, lower Eastern regions

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Telkom Kenya has completed the Coast and Lower Eastern phase of its countrywide Mobile 4G/LTE Network expansion, covering Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, Lamu, and Taita/Taveta, as well as Makueni, Machakos, Kitui, and Kajiado Counties.      

This network expansion in the area is a key milestone within the nationwide network rollout plan that Telkom, together with its partners, networks and telecommunications company Ericsson, and systems integrator NEC XON, announced in November last year, to add an additional 2,000 4G sites onto Telkom’s Mobile 4G/LTE Network, by 2023.

This nationwide rollout which is set to cost $ 100M (approx. 11.8b), is part of Telkom’s long-term network expansion strategy that addresses digital transformation, as well as lays the groundwork for the company’s long-term goal to become the technology partner of choice for its customers in Kenya and the region.

 Digital transformation is particularly important within the telecommunications sector, creating an increased demand for broadband, connectivity, and digital platforms, by the individual consumer, corporates, and the public sector.

“This is a very exciting milestone for Telkom. We firmly believe that Mobile Data is a fundamental human right and it has now emerged as a daily necessity,” said Telkom Kenya CEO Mugo Kibati.

“We remain committed to better position our infrastructure asset base and services to drive digital transformation within our various Customer segments thus providing them with more value, as well as bridge the digital divide through the expansion of our Mobile Data Network.”

According to Mugo, the modern customer is also demanding more competitive and comprehensive products that address their different and ever-changing needs: browsing, downloading, streaming, mobile money transactions, reading the news online, and updating their apps; actions that are now very important to everyday life.

“We remain cognizant of the integral role our Mobile Data network plays in keeping our customers connected. We are on course with our long-term terrestrial network expansion plan which will see us scale up to 80% of our network to 4G, increase our network footprint across the country, and get more Kenyans online,” said Kibati.

Telkom’s pre-paid Mobile Subscribers at the Coast and Lower Eastern regions will also get to enjoy the Barizi Bundle, an hourly Mobile Bundle that is exclusive to the region.

All a customer will need to do is dial *544*0*2#, follow the prompts and access the Bundle. The hourly bundle has two offers: 350 MB at KSh.5 and 1GB at KSh.10.   

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