Safaricom plans to double its 4G network coverage to 5,000 base stations by March 2020, covering every major town and 80 percent of the Kenya population. So said CEO Bob Collymore as he released financial results for the year to 31 March, when net income increased by 14.7 percent to KES 63.4 billion and revenue hit KES 240.3 billion.
Collymore said Safaricom expects to spend over KES 36 billion on additional 4G coverage, which will see the company roll out another 2,030 4G and 4G+ base stations to reach more than 80 percent of the population. Safaricom became the first to deploy a 4G network in Kenya in 2014, and in June 2017, it became the first in East Africa to upgrade a section of its 4G network to 4G+.
The 4G network provides customers with service at up to 100 Mbps, with Safaricom’s 4G+ network supporting double the 4G speeds.