Thursday, August 23, 2012

Safaricom sets Sh25billion to boost network coverage

Kenya’s leading mobile network operator Safaricom has set aside an estimated Sh25 billion (approx. $298 million) to expand its network across the country.
The investment by Safaricom is aimed at reaching out to subscribers in remote areas by providing better network coverage.
Speaking last week during the unveiling of a BTS station in Bungule in Taita Taveta County, the firm’s enterprise business unit general manager Sylvia Mulinge said the company wanted to offer flawless communication to its subscribers irrespective of their locations.
“We have so far installed over 3000 base transmitters across the country and set to increase our sites by more than 10 percent in this financial year” she added.  
Mulinge further explained that the company’s move to improve its service in the 47 counties was in line with the dispensation of the county system of government under the new constitution.   
Most of the current Safaricom’s sites are linked to 3G-network coverage, but plans are underway to upgrade them to 4G with Nairobi County set to start in the rollout. 

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