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One of Kenya’s online telecoms provider, Safaricom has decided to further exert their strength, this time by introducing 4G+ across over 100 sites in Kenya, while also ensuring that their 4G network crosses over 1000 sites already.

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According to Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom, “These faster speeds not only benefit the customer, they also empower small businesses who can now use the internet for more commercial activities – democratizing data access.”

“These investments lay the foundation for a more digitally enabled, platform economy. We expect that our network will empower more small enterprise to participate in commerce as well as drive more data use by critical sectors in the education, health and agricultural sectors,”

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4G+ which can also be referred as 4.5G is six times faster than the conventional 4G network, and also cost more as expected. In December 2014, Safaricom was the first operator in Kenya to roll out 4G trials and two years later acquired its 4G licence.

Today, in a well thought out plan to beat its competitors, Safaricom has activated 4G+ at 100 sites in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, as well as parts of Kisii, Naivasha, Kitui, Machakos, Kakamega and Kericho, with more territories scheduled to be switched on in coming months. This could help edge out other coys like Airtel and the most recent competitor, Jamii telecoms.

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4G+ technology allows a peak download speeds of 150Mbps, while on th other hand, 4G enables top speeds of between 60-100Mbps. To view it in practical terms, this implies that a 30-minute HD video should take a little over two minutes to download on 4G+, while the same video would take around eight minutes to download on standard 4G, such as that being trialed on other networks in the country. This is sure one huge difference that would distinguish Safaricom and its competitors. They have thought well.

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