NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s largest telecoms operator Safaricom has began trials for 5G high-speed web community utilizing expertise from Nokia and Huawei, it stated.
Safaricom, half owned by South Africa’s Vodacom and Britain’s Vodafone, desires to spice up its fast-growing information enterprise, amid growing demand as a result of COVID-19 pandemic forcing individuals to work and study from residence.
The trials, which began with 4 Kenyan cities and cities on Friday, can be expanded to 150 websites in 9 city areas within the subsequent 12 months, Safaricom stated in a press release.
Safaricom stated final yr it could contemplate Huawei for its 5G community rollout. America has urged nations to not embrace Huawei of their 5G plans, citing safety considerations, which Huawei has denied.
Safaricom is the market chief within the cell information section in Kenya, with 67.5% of complete customers as of final September, statistics from the regulator Communications Authority of Kenya confirmed.
The corporate has a 35.6% share of the small however rising web to residence and workplace by fibre market, CAK stated.
The brand new 5G community will give customers web speeds of 700 megabits per second, greater than thrice sooner than the present 4G community, the corporate stated.
It’ll additionally enable Safaricom to supply an alternate service for houses and places of work in areas which aren’t at present lined by the its fibre community, the corporate stated.
The expertise can even assist far many extra gadgets to hook up with the web in a given space, in contrast with the present community.
Reporting by Duncan Miriri; modifying by Jane Merriman