Orange opens its 42 Mbps data network in Nairobi
MOBILE| Aug. 5, 2012, 7:44 a.m.
Orange Internet users will now be able to experience faster speeds on their e-mails, social media platforms and general browsing as integrated telecommunications service provider Orange has opened up its 42 Mbps network in Nairobi.
The launch which comes almost a year since the launch of its 3G network into the Kenyan market has also paved way for the unveil of the high speed 42 Mbps Orange Internet Everywhere modem.
“Our customers will now be able to enjoy faster speeds on our scalable network in Nairobi. We want our customers to get value for their money as they continue to enjoy Orange data services,” said Telkom Kenya CEO Mickael Ghossein.
Ghossein added that Orange was continuously working on improving its data services and “scaling up of our network is part of our aggressive campaign of capturing the data market share, as we strive to maintain our strategy of being the best in data In Kenya. Already we have opened up our 3G network into Malindi and are looking into opening up the same in Eldoret and Nakuru.”
“We now have the best broadband infrastructure in the country. This has provided us with the platform to offer better data services on this network. Moreover, Orange will continue with its innovation trend and unveil products and services that meet our customers’ needs.”
“The new Orange Internet Everywhere 42 Mbps modem will also automatically connect to 21 Mbps speeds while in a 3G coverage area or switch to EDGE if a user totally moves to a non 3G area, the new plug and play device is also compatible with varied Operating Systems,” explained Ghossein.
Orange customers will be able to purchase already existing prepaid data bundles or the unlimited data offerings to top up this device.
The latest quarterly industry statistics released by industry regulator the Communications Commission of Kenya indicates that Internet penetration rose from 28.7% recorded in the previous quarter to 30% during the latest quarter under review.
Compared with the previous quarter, Telkom Kenya is the only operator that recorded growth in the market share of 7.70 percentage points as other operators experienced reductions or minimal growth in the market share by subscription.
During the latest quarter review, broadband subscriptions increased tremendously to record 651,738 subscriptions up from 131,829 subscriptions posted the previous quarter.
Orange says the 42 Mbps modem will retail at KSh 9,999 and allows for faster internet on the go, will see users benefit from a friendly user interface and parental control features. Orange customers will also benefit from the usage of a free Orange email address.
MORE MOBILE NEWS
Tigo Big Six - data liberation for Ghanaian subscribersTigo’s Unlimited (Tigo Big Six) package gives real freedom to new customers to enjoy extended internet access. Read More
Mobile Africa 2015: African phone use decodedA survey of mobile phone usage in five African countries has delivered startling findings on the rise of Internet access via phones, the potential demise of Nokia and the continued appeal of BlackBerry. Read More
President Jonathan commends operators on National Mobile Health Insurance collaborationNigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has commended telecoms operators for their collaborative efforts in putting Nigerians on the National Mobile Health Insurance programme platform. Read More
Vodafone Ghana Fixed Broadband customers get bundle extensionVodafone Ghana says it will soon be offering a one-week validity extension to all fixed broadband users in the country. Read More
Airtel, UNAIDS partnerThe Chief Executive Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya, has explained that the partnership of the telco with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) will allow ample opportunity to further promote its Touching Lives initiative aimed at positively impacting on Nigerians, especially in the area of quality healthcare ... Read More
GSMA: mobile phone gender gap emergesA new GSMA report says over 1.7 billion women in low- and middle-income countries do not own mobile phones. Read More
French phone maker Archos debuts in NigeriaFrench mobile devices major, Archos Societe Anonymes, at the weekend in Lagos, launched its range products and connected objects, promising to redefine the service offering in the country. Read More
Glo’s smart plan gives enhanced voice, value to customersGlobacom subscribers on the postpaid platform will enjoy up to 5,000 free Short Messaging Service (SMS), up to 50GB data and up to 50 hours of free voice calls in a new and unprecedented Smart Postpaid Plan launched by the company in Lagos. Read More
Airtel Kenya launches UnlimiNET bundles for unlimited connectionsAirtel Kenya has announced the introduction of a flexible and affordable bundled tariff dubbed UnlimiNET. Read More
African Android growth makes strong headway for mobile internet accessAfrica is poised to become a hotbed for mobile growth and commerce in the coming years, according to Opera Mediaworks’ State of Mobile Advertising report released today. Read More
FEATURED STORYe-commerce space untapped, says phonekings head
E-commerce is the future, says the head of a new online electronics mall launched in Nigeria. Tayo Olusanya spoke to Kokumo Goodie in Lagos.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHVillagers get solar training at Barefoot College
The Botswana Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) has seconded seven semi-illiterate mostly Ngwatle villagers for a six month solar electrification training course at the famed Barefoot College in India.
COMPANY NEWSICT skills in Kenya to grow as ICT Authority and Microsoft sign MOU
Kenya’s ICT Authority and Microsoft have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which will, among other things, see Microsoft offer support in providing a platform that will ...