Kenya’s telecommunication company Safaricom has increased its 5G coverage to 24 counties after expanding the network to Turkana, Trans Nzoia and Narok.
“As of now, we have an additional 150 active sites bringing the total to 368 active 5G sites countrywide. We also have 3 new counties covered – Turkana, Trans Nzoia & Narok now with 5G coverage,” the telco said in a statement.
Other countries with Safaricom’s 5G network include Nairobi, Kiambu, Mombasa, Kisumu, Uasin Gishu, Nakuru, Garissa, Kajiado, Kisii Machakos, Kakamega, Kilifi, Siaya, Kericho, Kwale, Laikipia, Marsabit, Meru, Narok, Nyeri and Vihiga Counties.
A 5G network comes with lower latency, higher capacity, and increased bandwidth compared to 4G.
Safaricom has three 5G experience centres in Nairobi to enable Kenyans to experience how the network can transform homes and businesses. The centres in Safaricom’s Village Market, The Hub and Buruburu Shops, contain virtual reality gaming zones, showcases of smart capabilities for homes and enterprises, and speed-testing booths.
Safaricom was the first telco in Kenya to roll out commercial 5G in Kenya in October last year. Over the years, Safaricom has consistently invested in its network, with its 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G in aggregate covering over 99 per cent of Kenya’s population, while its fibre network has connected more than 450,000 homes and businesses to fast and reliable Internet.