According to the company’s, Chief Technology, and Information Officer John Barorot, they have recorded a steady rise in 4G network uptake since launching it over the last year. The network, he says accounts for 20 percent of the total data traffic in Nairobi.
‘’With the new sites going live, we expect continual growth, driven by current users and new users joining our network,” he said.
The new sites raise the total number of 4G sites in the city owned by Telkom to 300. The move is expected to enhance Telkom’s overall 4G coverage network within the city. To enjoy the 4G experience, subscribers will need to have a 4G compatible device and a 4G-enabled SIM card.
“Current market trends have seen the rise in 4G compatible and smartphone use in the country. Add this to the fact that all our new SIMs are 4G enabled and we have an opportunity to monetize mobile-data, based on market demands while enriching the customer experience,” adds Mr. Barorot.
The addition of these 4G sites runs parallel to the larger countrywide network expansion and densification program that seeks to increase Telkom’s capacity in handling mobile-data traffic, to match growing customer demand. “Our long-term goal is to build a holistic network,” continues Mr. Barorot.
Even as the company rolls out its 4G network, Mr.Barorot says they are also increasing their current capacity on their 3G network while also leveraging existing network elements to improve the user experience. ‘’A substantial proportion of our total data traffic is on 3G which makes it a pivotal growth engine for the business,” he says.
Telkom has invested a total of KSh 8 Billion into network expansion and infrastructure rollout over the course of the past two years. This is in addition to their strategic investment into three undersea cables connecting Kenya to Africa and the world, and more than 7,300 kilometers of fiber countrywide.
Recently, the firm also unveiled a Kes. 150 million data center in Nairobi’s Upper Hill. The modernized open access facility located at Milimani Exchange is part of the telco’s network infrastructure expansion programme.