President and MD of Ericsson South and East Africa Todd Ashton,Telkom’s CEO,Mugo Kibati and NEC XON GM Wireless,Willem Wentzel

Telkom Kenya is embarking on an ambitious project costing $100 million meant to add 2 000 wireless sites to its network by 2023, reports from the capital Nairobi said this week.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) that sealed the deal was signed recently between Telkom Kenya, Helios Investment Partners and the government of Kenya and Ericsson and NEC XON, the systems integrator.

The nationwide rollout forms part of Telkom Kenya’s long-term network expansion strategy announced in August 2020, when it launched its strategic digital transformation reorganisation.

The company, which is currently upgrading and expanding its 4G capacity in the Coast region, aims to position itself towards becoming the technology partner of choice in Kenya and East Africa.

Telkom Kenya said it had identified its fibre infrastructure, mobile network, as well as its mobile financial services as areas for further investment and growth this year and beyond. 

“Two of our commitments are to better position our infrastructure asset base and services to drive digital transformation within our various customer segments,” Telkom Kenya CEO Mugo Kibati said in a statement.

Kibati said this would provide their customers with more value, as well as bridge the digital divide through the expansion of the company’s mobile data network. 

“We are already working on the upgrade and expansion of our network at the coast. The partnership we have signed today will see Telkom and our partners kick off a new network expansion project, guided by our long-term growth strategy,” he pointed out.

“The use of mobile internet data continues to grow, with the customer demanding for more competitive and comprehensive products that address their different and ever-changing needs."

These needs that are very important to everyday life include browsing, downloading, streaming, mobile money transactions, reading the news online, and updating their apps, the CEO explained. 

He said the development of new products and solutions such as Madaraka Life, as well as the provision of the network needed to access these services, was a priority for Telkom Kenya.

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