Safaricom launches LTE Advanced network in Kenya

safaricomSafaricom wants to introduce 4G devices such as phones, routers and modems to enable their customers to enjoy the new network. (Image source: Safaricom)Kenya-based mobile network operator Safaricom has launched LTE Advanced network in Mombasa and Nairobi, becoming the first company to launch the service in sub-Saharan Africa

LTE is a standard for wireless communication of high-speed data for mobile phones and data terminals.

Bob Collymore, CEO of Safaricom, said, “The launch of LTE Advanced progresses our strategic push to democratise data. We believe in the transformative power of the internet and are keen to deliver the most advanced technologies to our subscribers in order to remain the network of choice.”

According to Safaricom, the service was aimed to improve data speeds in the country up to 100mbps, twice the speed of the 3G network and would allow easier uploads and downloads of files.

“The direct impact of data on our economy has already been noted through the increasing number of businesses and services offered online. With 4G, we can deliver revolutionary services like tele-medicine, virtualisation or real-time video that have immediate and transformational impact on our society,” added Collymore.

After the roll out in Mombasa and Nairobi, Safaricom would focus on the rest of the country in the coming months, the CEO noted.

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