Liquid Telecom rolls out 158 base stations across Kenya
Liquid Telecom Kenya has rolled out nationwide Internet of Things (IoT) network covering 78 per cent of the Kenyan population.
The 158 IoT base stations across the country is an increase from 20 base stations that the telecoms group had in 2018.
Liquid Telecom is working with Sigfox, IoT service and network provider in 45 countries in the world.
The new network runs on the free ISM band 868MHz and will cost consumers in Kenya as little as Sh100 per year per device or sensor, depending on usage.
Previously, communication with any internet enabled gadget depended on Wi-Fi or GSM networks that require data bundles, local network signal coverage and a power supply.
The base stations, connected to Liquid Telecom’s fibre network aim at delivering guaranteed reliability and speed across the country.
Speaking during the 5th Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB) summit held in Siaya County, William Oungo, head of government business, Liquid Telecom, said delivery of the base stations was in line with the regional bloc’s resolution on improving ICT infrastructure to enhance service delivery within the LREB member counties.
“Liquid Telecom Kenya has so far connected 41 counties and we are trying to make sure that the right environment for innovation, fields such as data science, machine learning and gaming can also be carried out in the rural counties,'' Oungo said.
He added that IoT network in Kenya will support the Big Four agenda and will be used to connect sensors across all sectors, including agriculture and fishing, transport and logistics, utilities and energy, heavy industries, retail, and banking and insurance.
The programme is part of Liquid Telecom's Go Cloud initiative, which is designed to raise awareness, adoption and usage of cloud-based services amongst startups in Africa.