Partnership to expand Telkom Kenya Limited’s mobile data network


The joint venture of Telkom Kenya Limited, Helios Investment Partners and the Government of Kenya has signed a memorandum of understanding with Ericsson and NEC XON to add 2,000 wireless sites to Telkom Kenya Limited’s network by 2023.

Deployment of approximately $ 100 million nationwide is part of Telkom Kenya Limited’s long-term network expansion strategy announced in August last year when it began its strategic digital transformation reorganization , as well as laying the groundwork for the company’s long-term goal of becoming the technology partner of choice in Kenya and the region.

Upgrades and Expansion

Telkom Kenya Limited has reviewed its long term strategy as it moves into its next phase of transformation in line with its focus areas, driven by local and global transitions in the ICT industry, and in particular increased demand infrastructure, data, as well as digital financial services. The company has identified its fiber infrastructure, mobile network, and mobile financial services as areas for further investment and growth this year and beyond. Gradually, these investments will contribute significantly to improving the service offering and the customer experience. To this end, Telkom is currently upgrading and expanding its 4G capacity in the coastal region.

“Two of our commitments are to better position our infrastructure asset base and our services to drive digital transformation within our various customer segments, providing them with more value, as well as bridging the digital divide through expanding our mobile data network, ”Mugo said. Kibati, CEO of Telkom Kenya Limited. “We are already working on the modernization and expansion of our network on the coast. The partnership we signed today will see Telkom and our partners launch a new network expansion project, guided by our long-term growth strategy.

He adds: “The use of mobile internet data continues to grow, with the customer demanding more competitive and comprehensive products that meet their different and ever-changing needs: browsing, downloading, streaming, mobile money transactions, reading online news and update their applications; actions which are now very important in everyday life. The development of new products and solutions such as Madaraka Life, but more importantly, the provision of the network necessary to access these services, is a priority for us at Telkom.

Terrestrial network

Earlier this year, Kibati said Telkom remains aware of the critical role the technology company’s primary terrestrial network plays in keeping customers connected.

“We are pursuing our long-term expansion plan for our terrestrial network which is based on our overall corporate strategy, which will allow us to extend up to 80% of our network to 4G, to increase our footprint network across the country and bring more Kenyans online, “he says.” Our partnership with Ericsson and NEC XON is proof of that. “

Todd Ashton, Vice President and General Manager, Ericsson South & East Africa, said: “Telkom and Ericsson have a close, collaborative and visionary relationship that spans many years. Our latest collaboration will increase mobile coverage across the country, to provide a seamless data experience for Kenyans. In line with Kenya’s Vision 2030, more people will have access to an affordable internet that will enable the business continuity of people and businesses contributing to Kenya’s economic growth and the establishment of # AfricaInMotion. the beginning, with the LTE expansion setting the foundation for rolling out 5G in the future. “

Willem Wentzel, Managing Director of Wireless at NEC XON, said: “We are helping Telkom Kenya Limited to deploy a leading and robust 4G network with a sustainable base to enable its strategic vision to be one of the main East African service providers. . The deployment augments Telkom’s existing network infrastructure by delivering world-class Quality of Experience (QoE) to more customers over a much wider coverage area.

This network expansion will also allow Telkom to connect more than 200 educational institutions as well as more than 30 medical institutions to the Internet, thus enhancing the use of distance learning and e-health solutions.


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