Airtel Kenya pushes for 4G License

By Ronnie Owili

Airtel Kenya CEO Adil El Youssefi says the firm is keen to have its 4G license this year.

Youssefi says this will aid in expanding the Airtel Kenya network reach.

This comes as the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) board meets this Wednesday to review Airtel Kenya’s application.

Airtel Kenya has expanded its Unliminet products which Youssefi says have helped grow customers and the revenue base.

Fierce competition in Kenya’s mobile service market has seen two firms, YuMobile and Orange fold up citing inability to penetrate the market.

Airetl Kenya which is the second largest mobile operator in the country has indicated it is not ready to throw in the towel yet.

Riding on the strategy of offering competitive products across its voice, data and product sales, statistics from the Communication Authority of Kenya indicate that in the first nine months of last year, Airtel Kenya’s data subscribers rose from 400,000 subscribers while its market share decreased marginally by 1% to 17.5%.

This comes as the CA board meets this Wednesday to deliberate on issuance of the license to enable Airtel Kenya roll out 4G services which Safaricom has been offering since December 2014 on a pilot basis.

Airtel Kenya which is the country’s second largest operator is also waiting for a way forward on its license renewal which the CA board took to the government for a review.

Today, Airtel Kenya extended its Unliminet service as well as products offered under the service. With Ksh 20, subscribers get 20mbs of data, 8 minutes of talk time and 20 SMS.


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