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Airtel boosts 4G coverage with additional 60 MHZ spectrum

A spectrum is the range of frequency a network is supposed to operate in.

In Summary

•The license cost sh. 4.7 billion, and is valid for the next 15 years from July this year.

•Both Telkom and Airtel’s 4G coverage is spreading around the country.

Image: AIRTEL

Airtel Kenya has today made an additional purchase of 60 MHZ spectrum from the Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) to strengthen the carrier’s 4G coverage for fixed wireless home broadband and mobile data.

A spectrum is the range of frequency a network is supposed to operate in.

The license for the selected bandwidth cost sh. 4.7 billion an additional to its 2600 MHz band and is valid for the next 15 years from July this year.

At the moment, Safaricom seems to be the only telco that has its 5G network testing in the pilot phase and Airtel hopes to catch up.

The CA head offices. /FILE
The CA head offices. /FILE

Both Telkom and Airtel’s 4G coverage is spreading around the country.

The move is expected to put them in a better position, should it roll out 5G services in the future.

This announcement comes a few days after the company announced that it has split Airtel Money into a separate entity.

"Following this business separation, Airtel Money Kenya Limited will take over and continue the provision of Airtel Money Services in collaboration with licensed telecommunications network of Airtel Networks Kenya Limited," Airtel Networks said in a statement Thursday last week

The transfer takes effect from Thursday, July 21, 2022.

In the past decade, telecommunications has turned into a highly competitive industry where companies are competing to buy valuable spectrum.

This competition has been triggered by technological advancements, privatisation, and liberalisation.

Mobile communication in particular has made many transitions since 2000, mobile technology began with second generation (2G) and is now in transition to fifth-generation (5G) technology.

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