Safaricom set to launch 5G Network in Kenya

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Safaricom PLC is set to launch its roll out plans to establish infrastructure for the 5G network in Kenya together with telecommunication giants, Nokia and Huawei, Gadgets Africa confirms. 

Following clearance from the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA), Safaricom will reportedly begin to roll out as soon as 26th March and was initially slated to be championed by Chinese firm Huawei despite controversy surrounding the company.   

Safaricom had previously announced its plans to partner with Huawei alone as the supplier for the 5G rollout. According to its chairman, Michael Joseph, this was in accordance with the guidelines from Safaricom’s two main shareholders, South Africa’s Vodacom and Britain’s Vodafone.

Gadgets Africa reports that Safaricom subscribers will not be required to get new SIM cards in order to have their devices connected to the network. Further, the development comes amid the gradual roll-out of smartphones that support the 5G network including the Samsung Galaxy S21 lineup. 

In Novemeber 2020, Nokia was selected by African mobile operator, Airtel Kenya in a three-year deal to modernize Nairobi with high speed 4G and 5G-ready hardware from its comprehensive AirScale portfolio. The deal is intended to modernize and expand existing network infrastructure and lay the groundwork for 5G migration

The service will be available in Nairobi and various parts of western Kenya. This includes Kisumu, Kisii and Bungoma, which regularly experience increased data traffic.

Source: Gadgets Africa

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