It’s an open secret in the country, if you want fast and reliable internet wherever you go, even in the remote parts of the country, you’re basically stuck with Safaricom. Kenya’s biggest telco has for a long time offered the most reliable mobile internet while still charging an arm and a leg for their bundles compared to the competition. And the competition had to find ways to remain relevant, and this led to one of the most competitive data pricings we’ve seen in recent times.
Telkom Kenya seems to have heard the complaints from its subscribers who have for a long time lamented on the quality of their network. The carrier is upgrading their 4G network across dozens of sites in and around Nairobi city in a move to boost the overal reliability and quality of the network. In a campaign dubbed #Bomba4G, Telkom Kenya is encouraging it’s users in upgraded regions to test out the 4G network to experience the new and improved speeds.
We’ve expanded our 4G network in Nairobi! 💪🏿When it comes to internet speeds, don’t settle for ‘It’s still loading 😔’ Upgrade to Telkom’s #Bomba4G & get the super fast connectivity you deserve 😃 pic.twitter.com/I85qY2CSjP
— Telkom Kenya (@TelkomKenya) August 23, 2018
What areas have the upgraded Telkom 4G network?
The upgrade basically covers areas around Nairobi with no other major town listed. The areas around Nairobi with access to the upgraded network include; Westlands, Kangemi, Githurai, Ongata Rongai, Embakasi, Karen, Buruburu, Kileleshwa, South B, Pangani, Lavington, Ngong Road, Kawangware, Thika, Kiambu, CBD among many other regions.
While this is commendable, we’d like to see the same happen to the rest of the country. With devolution, a lot of other functions got decentralised so it would suit Telkom to also focus on major towns all across the country where coverage is still very spotty.
A couple of weeks ago, Telkom Kenya partnered with Loon, formerly Google Project Look, in a move that will see Loon deploy floating Telkom 4G cell towers. This is Loon’s first commercial deployment globally and should, at least in theory, see remote regions of the country get good 4G signals.