Airtel Kenya plans to extend 5G to 32 counties 

November 7, 2023
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  • Airtel Kenya plans to extend 5G to 32 counties
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Airtel Kenya plans to extend 5G to 32 counties


Before the end of 2023, Airtel Kenya plans to add 100 more 5G sites to its network. This will see an increase from 15 to 32 counties and 180 to 221 wards.

Following the rollout, Nairobi, Kiambu, Mombasa, Nakuru, Uasin Gishu, Machakos, Kisumu, Kilifi, Kajiado, Kwale, Kakamega, Bomet, Embu, Homabay, Kericho, Kirinyaga, Laikipia, Meru, Busia, Garissa, Migori, Bungoma, Muranga, Kisii, Kitui, Makueni, Taita Taveta, Tana River, Nyamira, Nyeri, Siaya, and Nyandarua will receive Airtel 5G coverage.

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Airtel Kenya says it will gradually roll out more 5G network sites to guarantee its final presence in every county.

Why? Doing so will allow more Kenyans to take advantage of the countless opportunities that the 5G network offers for homes, businesses, and individuals.

Meanwhile, last week, Safaricom announced that it had expanded its 5G reach to certain towns spanning 35 counties.

Bomet, Busia, Isiolo, Kitui, Mandera, Migori, Tharaka-Nithi, Trans Nzoia, Homa Bay, West Pokot, Embu, Kirinyaga, Muranga, and Turkana are among the new counties that have 5G availability.

These counties join Nairobi, Kiambu, Mombasa, Kisumu, Uasin Gishu, Nakuru, Garissa, Kajiado, Kisii, Machakos, Kilifi, Siaya, Kericho, Kwale, Laikipia, Marsabit, Meru, Narok, Nyeri, and Vihiga as part of Safaricom's current 5G footprint.

While over 500,000 Safaricom customers use 5G smartphones, the Kenyan telco has increased data volume of its 5G WiFi for Home Consumer packages to the following: 400GB at KSh 3,499, 800GB for KSh 5,999, and 1500GB at KSh 9,999.

With Airtel, businesses and SMEs can access 5G network for as low as KSh 3,500 per month for unlimited Internet.

The monthly pacakges range from KSh 3,500 for 5G Unlimited 10Mbps, to KSh 5,500 for 5G Unlimited 30Mbps, and KSh 7,500 for 5G Unlimited 50Mbps. Individual home volume-based data plans begin at Ksh 2,999.

Showmax to launch an improved version by 2024


Recall when NBCUniversal, an American media giant, acquired a 30% stake in Showmax, MultiChoice's video platform.

For context, MultiChoice teamed up with NBCUniversal and the British media company Sky Group to form Earth UK Holdings Limited (EarthCo), acting as Showmax's parent company.

What’s new? The on-demand video platform will introduce Showmax 2.0, an improved version of its service, as part of this partnership by 2024.

The lineup for Showmax 2.0 will include a mix of MultiChoice's locally produced stations, like Africa Magic, Mzansi Magic, and Maisha Magic, and international content from Sky, NBCUniversal, HBO, Warner Brothers, and Sony.

There's more: Starting December 1, 2023, Showmax will no longer be accessible outside Africa.

In September 2023, MultiChoice announced that Showmax Pro would cease to exist in its current form by November 30, 2023, due to the upcoming Showmax relaunch. Showmax Pro stopped accepting new sign-ups beginning October 1.

In the interim, MultiChoice's on-demand video streaming subscription service will concentrate on serving the demands of its expanding customer base throughout the continent.

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Victoria Fakiya for Techpoint Africa.

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