Telkom Kenya to invest Ksh. 1 Billion in improvement and expansion of its network

Mugo Kibati

Telkom Kenya has announced that it will invest an amount of Ksh. 1 Billion in the expansion and optimization of its 4G and 3G network. This should see an improvement in mobile connectivity and boosting of quality of service to customers.

The Telco will also invest in its Fibre to the Building (FTTB) network which is expected to improve the quality of service offered to enterprise ans 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.

Telkom has also partnered with Loon, a subsidiary of Alphabet to provide access to 4G/LTE service across Kenya through the use of high altitude balloons that act as floating cell towers. This will give network coverage to the unserved and underserved areas in the Mount Kenya region that includes, Thika, Nakuru, Nyeri and Nanyuki. This is expected to happen within the first half of the year 2019.

The Telkom Kenya CEO, Mugo Kibati had this to say, “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.”He also added that, “The rapid diffusion of mobile technology and the advent of entry-level smart devices in Kenya, has witnessed the increased demand for broadband. Access to and use of broadband, enhances productivity and efficiency, thereby bolstering socio-economic growth.”

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