Airtel Kenya plans to invest over $150 million to expand network coverage

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August 9, 2023
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Airtel Africa

Airtel Kenya plans to invest more than $150 million (KSh21.5 billion) over the next three years to expand its network coverage.

It wants to accomplish this through several initiatives, including adding 649 new network sites across Kenya.

The telco’s CEO, Ashish Malhotra, said Airtel Kenya is considering opening at least one service shop in each ward to increase brand visibility. He noted that only 250 wards had not yet received coverage, a gap that will be closed over the next three months.

Malhotra added that the telco requires $150 million in additional investments over the following two to three years, just from a network perspective. It will also invest in other things, such as bringing more reasonably priced routers.

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Since its launch in Kenya, the telco has invested more than $1 billion (KSh143.3 billion) in the country, with the majority of that investment occurring in the last three years.

Additionally, in June 2023, Airtel Kenya announced plans to add 349 new sites to expand its network's coverage by the end of the year and meet the nation's increasing demand for data services.

The company's network infrastructure spans over 3200 sites and extends across all 47 counties or 89% of the country.

In July 2023, the telco launched its 5G network following months of testing.

She's autistic and interested in mental health and how technology can help Africans with mental disorders. Find her on Twitter @latoria_ria.
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