Kenyan telco Safaricom has launched 4G+ services in the Kenyan market, another first for the mobile operator which was first to roll out mobile data in 2003 on the 2G platform; 3G in 2007; and 4G in 2014.
Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom said, “These faster speeds not only benefit the customer, they also empower small businesses who can now use the internet for more commercial activities- democratizing data access.”
The technology allows peak download speeds of 150 Mbps compared to 4G speeds of between 60 to 100 Mbps which practically means that a 30-minute HD video that would take eight minutes to download on 4G should now take a little over two minutes.
The 4G+ service which advances Safaricom’s LTE Advanced (4G) proposition enables “Carrier Aggregation”, increasing the bandwidth for its subscribers through the aggregation of different LTE spectrum bands.
The company also expects it to drive more data use in critical sectors such as education, health and agriculture.
The service which has been activated on Safaricom’s network in more than one hundred sites in major towns across Kenya is scheduled to be switched on in more areas in coming months.