Airtel Networks Kenya bags 4G licence


Airtel Networks Kenya has finalised payment for its 4G LTE licence Kenya. The Communications Authority yesterday confirmed the reception of payment from Airtel Kenya , the $25 million licence fee for the 4G LTE 800 MHz signal.
Although the company has not officially launched the high speed network, Airtel Kenya has been testing the signal across the country since April 2017 with an aim to grow sites covered by the spectrum to 65 sites. The firm, later in October applied to extend its 4G trial licence.

At the start of 2017, Airtel and Telkom Kenya were under pressure from the CA to install infrastructure that supports high-speed 4G internet services. This, coupled with the failure to pay the $25 million licence fee limited their chances of obtaining permits.

The CA has been keen to switch to the high-speed 4G network from 3G, saying it will enable the telcos to offer broadband-based TV broadcasts.