Airtel 4G, the New Kid in the Block!

Airtel Kenya finally operationalises its 4G licence. Following its launch of the 4G (Forth Generation) services, which are presently limited to Mombasa and Nairobi, before other roll outs countrywide, Airtel becomes the fourth entrant in the Kenya 4G market.

Airtel Kenya Managing Director Prasanta Das Sarma speaking during the launch of 4G network in Nairobi on 2 May 2018.

Airtel’s 4G service runs on a 10MHz block of the 800MHz frequency spectrum which also accommodates Safaricom’s and Telcom’s 10MHz respective blocks. The 4G licences which are pegged to the allotted frequency spectrum were first issued to the three telcos on trial basis but to be operationalised upon payment of the Kenya Shillings Twenty Five Million (Kshs. 25,000,000.00/=) only.

Jamii Telecommunications, a tier 2 telecommunications company launched its 4G services in December 2017. Its 4G services run on the coveted 700MHz frequency spectrum which became available following Kenya’s successful digital migration in 2015.

To incentivise its customers, Airtel offers free 2GB of Data to its customers upon successful upgrades to 4G SIM cards.

Airtel noted during the launch that it is committed to continuously innovate and improve the quality of its products and services for a delightful customer experience. While Airtel’s launch, appears late in time, it is indeed timely as it rides on the goodwill already generated by the other players regarding 4G.

It would be interesting to see how the now four major players in the Kenya 4G market will structure their products and services as in order to meet the growing need for internet access in Kenya.

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