Kenya plans national LTE coverage by 2013

mobile4  gailjadehamilton4G broadband links to every Kenyan county is likely to be completed by December 2012. (Image source: gailjadehamilton/Flickr)The Kenyan government will push for a 4G or Long Term Evolution (LTE) national coverage by 2013

The country’s treasury has given a green light for the formation of a public-private consortium responsible for the roll out of 4G which will consist of a 10-member group that will include four mobile operators - Safaricom, Airtel, Essar (Yu Mobile) and Telkom Orange.

The step will replace several other technologies that were being used in several regions of Kenya.

A report in The Star in Nairobi quoted government representatives as saying that county authorities must be connected online by December and this drive would be supported by both cable connectivity and 4G.

Permanent secretary in the ministry of information and communication, Bitange Ndemo, told the publication that broadband links to every county would be completed by December, either through fibre optic or LTE.

Although the first phase was completed, the report stated that the government may have to initiate re-routing in order to include regions that might have been left out in maps that were based on out-dated administrative boundaries.

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