Updated : February 14, 2015 09:15 am,Dubai
LTE is expected to double internet speeds in the East African country
Safaricom has selected Nokia Networks to help launch the first LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network in Kenya.
The new technology will offer peak speeds of up to 100 Mbps, which is more than twice the speed currently available in Kenya’s 3G networks. Carrier aggregation is a key feature of LTE-Advanced, enabling operators to create larger, virtual carrier bandwidths for services by combining separate spectrum bands, thus boosting network capacity and speed as well as performance.
Safaricom will roll out 4G services in Nairobi and Mombasa first before introducing to major towns over the coming months. Bob Collymore, Chief Executive Officer, Safaricom was quoted as saying: “This project marks an important milestone in our journey toward a modern and energy-efficient network that’s capable of delivering world-class voice and data services to our customers. It clearly underlines our focus on having the most advanced network in Kenya.”
Bernard Najm, Vice President and Head of Middle East and Africa, Nokia Networks, said: “With this ambitious network modernization, we provide Safaricom with the highest quality network in Kenya. Our cutting-edge solutions and services help Safaricom offer a truly rewarding service experience to its customers.”