Safaricom announces it has rolled out 4G+ to major towns across Kenya

Safaricom has today announced that they have rolled out Safaricom 4G+ services in major towns across Kenya.

They have activated 100 4G+ sites in: Kisumu, Mombasa, Nairobi, Kisii, Naivasha, Kitui, Machakos, Kakamega and Kericho.

In the press release, Safaricom has stated that the new technology is building on Safaricom’s 4G network which is currently activated in over 1100 sites across the country.

Speeds

With 4G+ users will be able to enjoy download speeds of 150Mbps. A 30 minute HD video, as they’ve stated will take about 2 minutes to download.

With standard 4G only, users would enjoy between 60-100Mbps download speeds and a 30 minute HD video would take around 8 minutes to download.

Numbers

As it is right now, Safaricom has:

  • Over 4600 2G sites
  • Over 3500 3G sites
  • and Over 1100 4G sites
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Safaricom’s fibre rollout now covers

  • Over 50,000 homes
  • and over 1500 commercial buildings.

Others?

With such an announcement, one would wonder where the rest of the competition is? Will they ever catch up as Safaricom is the only 4G network in the country.

Orange Kenya might soon be rolling out their 4G network but there’s still no signs of a 4G enabled Airtel Kenya.

What are your thoughts?