Telkom Kenya hits back with double capacity modem

MOBILE

|
Image: By BiztechAfrica
Telkom Kenya hits back with double capacity modem

By Semaj Itosno, Nairobi, Kenya

The battle for Kenya’s mobile data market is raging as operators fight to outwit each other on wooing customers.

Barely two months after Airtel slashed her modem prices to woo customers, Telkom Kenya has hit back with a high capacity modem.

The operator has doubled its modem capacity with the introduction of 42 mega bits per second (mbps) devices into the Kenyan market.

Telkom Kenya’s move seeks to increase its data market share that has grown to 9.5 per cent. The new modems are priced at USD120 and will initially serve select areas of Nairobi before the network is rolled out to other parts of the country.

“The company’s decision to invest in data is now paying off and the scaling up of our network is part of our aggressive campaign of capturing a larger data market share,” said Mickael Ghossein, the Telkom Kenya CEO.

The 42Mbps network covers Westlands and the Nairobi Central Business District.

In late June 2012 Airtel slashed price of its modem by over half to grab more Internet users from rivals.

Airtel is now retailing its 21 megabytes per second Mbs modem at USD23 down from USD53, while the 7.2Mbs modems is retailing at USD12, a 50% drop.

Currently Airtel is placed third in the mobile data sector, after Safaricom and YuMobile, with a 10 per cent market share as of December 2011.

Safaricom, whose mobile data market share as of December 2011 stood at 77.1%, has a 7.2Mbs modem going for USD23.

Its 21Mbs modem, on the other hand, costs Ksh9, 999 (USD118) and comes bundled with 20 gigabytes of data.

Fourth-placed Telkom Kenya is selling its 3G+ 3.1Mbs modem retailing for USD47 while its 21Mbs device is going for USD23.



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE MOBILE NEWS

MTN Ghana wins award in procurement and supply management

MTN Ghana has received an award from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) for being the most innovative in the use of technology in procurement and supply.  Read More

Samsung unveils Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J5 LTE in Kenya

Samsung Electronics on Thursday launched its 4G enabled Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 mid-range smartphones that will enable users get the most of their mobile experience. Read More

Glo offers Wi-Fi roaming in 42 countries

Globacom Nigeria has unveiled Wi-Fi Roaming to give its teeming subscribers seamless internet connectivity when they travel to 42 countries. Read More

Student, others now landlords in MTN Trutalk promo

More lucky winners have emerged in the MTN Trutalk Best 11 Promo. At the final prize presentation ceremony held in Victoria Island, Lagos, at the weekend, some lucky winners were presented with gift of houses worth N15million each. Read More

Airtel, Ericsson extend partnership with LTE deployment in Gabon

Airtel Gabon has partnered with Ericsson for the deployment of next generation LTE technology and mobile network transformation.  Read More

Afmobi promises Nigerians jobs with offline platform

A team of experts at Afmobi Nigeria have designed a wireless platform that will create jobs or make Nigerians entrepreneurs through a plethora of fun apps, games, movie, music, pictures and business content hosted on a ‘magical fun box’ called Palmplay offline TM. Read More

The hospital of tomorrow uses mobile

Aruba Networks discusses how mobile technology is creating a radical shift in the future of healthcare. Read More

MNOs prefer paying fines to compliance, says NCC

The NCC has expressed disgust at the attitude of mobile network operators (MNOs) in Nigeria when it comes to compliance.    Read More

Safaricom announces new suite of data products

Safaricom has announced a suite of new data products that will offer its subscribers access to faster data more conveniently. Read More

African wireless to benefit from Fortinet’s Meru acquisition

Enterprises looking to boost their wireless network security, capacity and control are set to benefit from Fortinet’s pending acquisition of Meru Networks, says the Fortinet Africa team. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4Afrika

FEATURED STORY

Young innovators shine during pitch sessionsYoung innovators shine during pitch sessions

Botswana saw an array of upcoming tech wizards selling their ideas during the Vendors’ Day pitch sessions this week.

IN DEPTH

High tech homes: Just press playHigh tech homes: Just press play

High tech, digital homes where everything is automated and connected aren’t the stuff of science fiction any longer, says BNC Technology.

COMPANY NEWS

MTN Business launches Supplier Development Programme in Mpumalanga

MTN Business has reaffirmed its commitment to develop small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) within Nelspruit by extending its Supplier Development Programme (SDP) and Accelerator Programme (AP), the company’s enterprise ...