Airtel eyes 1,000 network sites next year in expansion bid

Airtel Kenya intends to intensify its investment in network infrastructure in efforts to increase the customer base across the country.

Airtel Kenya Chief Executive Officer Ashish Malhotra said the telco will develop up to 1,000 network sites in the next one year, besides increasing the 5G network coverage from 450 to 600 sites.

Mr Malhotra says the company will invest more than Sh23 billion in the network expansion drive.

Speaking in Meru town after opening of a new Airtel Shop last week, Mr Malhotra said the company was keen on netting more subscribers through affordable and convenient services.

“Our intention is to improve network access, affordability of services and customer-care footprint across the country. By the end of this month, we intend to roll out 25 more 5G sites across the country to close the year at 475 sites,” Mr Malhotra said.

The Meru branch is the 66th Airtel Customer Care shop in the country. Mr Malhotra said the company has also rolled out ‘Internet Mashinani’ which is meant to enhance access to 4G networks in the country.

He added that the company was keen on providing an affordable 5G network in areas that lack fiber connectivity.

“We are providing affordable 4G and 5G enabled devices which also come with affordable unlimited data options. This will go a long way in increasing home broadband connectivity under our internet mashinani programme,” he said.

On Airtel Money, Mr Malhotra said the telco was eyeing more subscribers. The firm is running a mobile money campaign dubbed ‘Rudishiwa Transaction Fee’ where customers will be refunded withdrawal transaction fees as airtime.

Source: Business Daily

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