Orange launches 42 mbps network in Nairobi

orangenirobiKenyan telecommunications company Orange, which is part of Telkom Kenya, has launched a 42 mbps network in Nairobi

Telkom Kenya chief executive officer Mickael Ghossein said that the company had invested more than US$49mn in its current 3G offering and added that the company's recent expansion was a result of growing market demands.

Telkom is growing fast according to the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) report. Thus we’ve decided to continue acquiring the data in this market and develop the same for the high and low end businesses to meet the market demand. This is a way to make differentiation in the market,” Ghossein said.

Telkom Kenya is the only operator to have recorded growth in the market recently, increasing its share by 7.70 per cent. The new offering is expected to drive the company's market share even higher.

Ghossein added that the hardware of the new service would allow users to connect to slower networks.

“The new Orange Internet Everywhere 42 mbps modem will automatically connect to 21 mbps speeds while in a 3G coverage area or switch to EDGE if a user totally moves to a non-3G area. The new plug-and-play device is also compatible with varied Operating Systems,” he said.

While the service has been rolled out in Nairobi, Ghossein added that it was a strategic move and that the rest of the country would have to wait several months for the service to be available in their area.

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