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Airtel Kenya unveils 5G in expansion drive

By , Kenya-based correspondent
Kenya , 07 Jul 2023
Ashish Malhotra, managing director Airtel Kenya.
Ashish Malhotra, managing director Airtel Kenya.

Airtel Kenya has launched its highly anticipated 5G network in East Africa’s biggest economy.

The telecom provider is expanding network coverage to meet the growing demand for data services.

Currently, Airtel Kenya’s network infrastructure spans over 3,200 sites, providing coverage to 89% of all 47 counties. 

Airtel Kenya will be rolling out 650 additional sites this year.

Yesterday, Airtel unveiled 5G network in Nairobi at an event attended by the cabinet secretary of Information, communication and digital economy, Eliud Owalo.

During the launch event in Nairobi, Ashish Malhotra, the managing director of Airtel Kenya, said: “Today marks a significant milestone as we proudly introduce our 5G network, a state-of-the-art infrastructure that provides data speeds up to 10 times faster than 4G, incredibly low latency, and the ability to connect devices seamlessly."

The company said the 5G network rollout is part of its comprehensive infrastructure growth plan, which aims to enhance connectivity and support digital innovation.

“The benefits that will transform businesses and industries will create opportunities to unlock Kenya’s potential. Together, let us build a future where connectivity knows no bounds, innovation knows no limits, and Kenya stands tall as a digital powerhouse,” said Anthony Shiner, Chief Commercial Officer of Airtel Africa.

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