Safaricom plc. will this Friday launch Kenya’s first fifth-generation (5G) mobile internet services targeting major urban centres, making it the inaugural operator to offer commercial and superfast services in the region.
The telecommunications company last year completed testing and trials for the upgraded network as the firm seeks to capitalize on burgeoning mobile Internet usage in the country to drive its growth.
The giant telecommunications firm revealed that the Friday launch of the 5G technology will be supplied by Nokia Corporation and Huawei. Huawei, a Chinese technology giant, has been the subject of increased scrutiny in the Western world over the introduction of high-speed networks.
The 5G service is a central part of Safaricom’s attempts to further expand its data business to counter slower growth in voice calls. revenue.
The 5G service will be available in Nairobi and the greater western Kenya region including Kisumu, Kisii, and Bungoma, which routinely witness increased data traffic.