Safaricom plans to launch 5G network in 2020, vendor unknown

Friday 14 February 2020 | 10:06 CET | News

Kenyan operator Safaricom will launch 5G mobile internet services this year, targeting major urban centres, Business Daily reported. Acting CEO Michael Joseph said the firm had completed testing and trials for the upgraded network as itseeks to capitalise on burgeoning mobile internet use in the country. Joseph said Safaricom is ready to launch 5G technically, but will choose the right time to officially launch later in 2020, probably in selected cities. 

Business Daily said his comments are a pointer that the operator is likely to target major towns like Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru and Kakamega, which routinely witness increased data traffic. Joseph declined to disclose the cost of the under-the-radar investments for the 5G upgrade or the vendor behind it.

Safaricom has in recent years been working with Huawei, which has been the subject of increased scrutiny in the Western world. Huawei remains one of Safaricom's top suppliers for the core transmission network and mobile money infrastructure, but Joseph could not reveal if it was involved in the 5G project.

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Categories: Mobile & Wireless
Companies: Huawei / Safaricom
Countries: Kenya
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