Safaricom is intentional about taking high-speed internet to more places. In March Safaricom launched its upgraded network in areas of data traffic like; Nairobi, Kisumu, Kisii, and Kakamega; and now it has plans of increasing the number of its 5G sites to 200 by the end of the year, and further plans to roll out a commercial 5G network in 2022.
It appears Safaricom is following in Kenya Airtel’s footprints. Airtel Kenya had recently upgraded 600 network sites to meet 5G mobile internet service capabilities with the aim of being ready to roll out services in Nairobi, Mombasa, and Malindi. Although precise timescales were not revealed, Safaricom chief executive Peter Ndegwa said “Testing will allow the company to help customers in terms of speed and reliability,” he said. This process may also help enable the company to accelerate its commercial launch”.