Safaricom has announced that it has increased its 5G coverage to 28 towns across 21 counties, enabling its customers to enjoy faster and more reliable internet connectivity.
The company has also launched new 5G data bundles that are tailored to the usage patterns of its customers, who can access them through various channels such as MySafaricom App, Safaricom.com, and USSD codes. The 5G bundles offer typical speeds of 400Mbps to 700Mbps, which can support high-definition video streaming, online gaming, and cloud computing.
Peter Ndegwa, the CEO of Safaricom PLC, said that the expansion of 5G network was part of the company’s vision to be a digital lifestyle enabler and to bridge the digital divide in the country. He added that 5G would also provide access to critical services such as healthcare and education, and create new opportunities for small businesses.
Safaricom has also partnered with Huawei to set up three 5G experience centres in Nairobi, where customers can try out various applications of 5G such as virtual reality gaming, smart home and office solutions, and speed-testing booths. Customers in 5G zones can also opt for 5G Wi-Fi devices that can provide wireless internet for their homes and businesses.
Safaricom was the first service provider in Kenya to launch 5G in October 2022, and has since expanded its coverage from 11 towns to 28 towns in different regions of the country. The company has invested heavily in upgrading its network infrastructure and spectrum to support the new technology.
The counties now covered include Nairobi, Kiambu, Mombasa, Kisumu, Uasin Gishu, Nakuru, Garissa, Kajiado, Kisii Machakos, Kakamega, Kilifi, Siaya, Kericho, Kwale, Laikipia, Marsabit, Meru, Narok, Nyeri and Vihiga.
Over the years, Safaricom has consistently invested in its network, with its 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G in aggregate covering 97% of Kenya’s population, while its fibre network has passed more than 450,000 homes and businesses.