Safaricom is set to increase its fifth-generation (5G) sites to 200 by the end of the year and commercialise the super-fast services in 2022. The leading telco, which in March launched the 5G technology with 15 sites, wants to take high-speed Internet to additional towns.
Peter Ndegwa, Chief Executive at Safaricom said that the company would use the up to 200 sites for testing the upgraded network as it seeks to capitalise on burgeoning mobile Internet use in the country. The 5G service is a central part of its attempts to further expand its data business to counter slower growth in voice calls revenue.
Ndegwa added: “This year is a trial phase and we intend to have 150 to 200 sites coming from the first use case of homes, especially in places where we do not have fibre. We will be able to test on such areas and help customers in terms of speed and reliability and from next year we can be able to commercialise a bit faster but I will come with that at the appropriate time”.
To recall, Safaricom in March launched the upgraded network in major urban centres, including Nairobi, Kisumu, Kisii and Kakamega, all of which routinely witness increased data traffic.