Over the next year, Safaricom will expand its fifth generation network to more cities throughout the country. The company announced that it is expanding the 5G network to five more towns, bringing the total number of towns that will be connected to the new network by 2023 to nine.
According to its annual report, the telco aims to increase the number of its 5G sites to more than 200 locations with a general uptake over the medium term.
“It is anticipated that the majority of Kenya’s mobile connections will be on 5G by 2029 and our network masts are prepared for this growth,” Safaricom stated.
“Nevertheless, in the medium-term, we will still recognize a significant opportunity to increase penetration of 4G devices before scaling to 5G rollout.”
Safaricom’s 5G network is now being tested in urban areas of major towns like Nairobi, Kisumu, Kisii, and Kakamega. Safaricom revealed plans to commercialize the network later this year.
In the meantime, the telco increased its 4G coverage from 94 percent to 97 percent in the year ended March 2022.
Kenyan telcos are already preparing for the launch of 5G, and Airtel has detailed preparations in place as well. The company began a wide-scale 5G rollout by upgrading 600 sites around the nation to be 5G compatible.
In order to carry out the network, Safaricom had previously claimed that it was counting on a wide adoption of 5G mobile devices. However, 5G gadget costs are high.
In order to roll out the network, Safaricom had previously claimed that it was depending on a wide adoption of 5G mobile devices. The network cannot expand because of the expensive cost of 5G devices, which the telco plans to use to increase market penetration for mobile data.