Safaricom plc has expanded its 5G coverage to 21 counties, allowing its customers to enjoy ultra- fast Internet services.
more than 400,000 5G smartphone users browse at extremely fast rates, with typical speeds of 400Mbps to 700Mbps
The telco has also introduced 5G data bundles to enable its customers using 5G smartphones to browse at ultra-fast speeds,
The 5G bundles are personalized based on usage, and are available on Tunukiwa via MySafaricom App, Safaricom.com, and USSD codes.
“As a digital lifestyle enabler, we are excited about a 5G future, which makes it possible to close the digital divide in underserved communities, provide access to critical services such as healthcare or spur economic growth by connecting small businesses to new opportunities,” Safaricom PLC CEO Peter Ndegwa said.
“By increasing 5G coverage, we are enhancing Kenya’s best internet network and empowering our customers to start exploring the possibilities of 5G,” Ndegwa added.
Three 5G experience centers have been established in Nairobi by Safaricom, in collaboration with Huawei, to provide Kenyans the chance to see how 5G may impact households and businesses.
The centers, which are located at Safaricom’s Village Market, The Hub, and Buruburu Shops, feature virtual reality game areas, smart home and business capability displays, and speed testing booths.
Safaricom launched 5G in Kenya as the country’s first service provider in October 2022.
Since then, its coverage has increased from 11 towns to 28 towns spread across 21 counties including Nairobi, Kiambu, Mombasa, Kisumu, Uasin Gishu, Nakuru, Garissa, Kajiado, Kisii Machakos, Kakamega, Kilifi, Siaya, Kericho, Kwale, Laikipia, Marsabit, Meru, Narok, Nyeri and Vihiga Counties.
Over the years, Safaricom has consistently invested in its network, with its 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G in aggregate covering 97 percent of Kenya’s population, while its fibre network has passed more than 450,000 homes and businesses.