Orange expands its 3G network

Orange Telkom Kenya plans to have 41 urban centres on their 3G network by March 2015. (Illustration: Courtesy)

Orange Telkom Kenya has added 14 more urban centres to its 3G network.

The additions include Isiolo, Othaya, Keruguya, Kenol, Mwingi, Loitokitok, Namanga, Mai Mahiu, Gilgil, Bomet, Eldama Ravine, Siaya, Webuye and Kilgoris.

This comes at a time when the company is moving to consolidate its data services business in the new financial year, with mobile Internet being viewed as the next growth area in the country’s telecommunication industry.

The company is already recording impressive results from its data business, with the unit growing by 50pc in the last quarter of 2014. This performance has been propelled by the provision of the Orange high-speed broadband to 35 county governments and through the improvement of the company’s network across the country.

The industry regulator, the Communications Authority of Kenya recently singled out Orange as having the best 3G network in terms of quality of service.

Company CEO Vincent Lobry says the endorsement has motivation them to maintain the same standard and expand the same quality to new areas in the country.

“Part of our KES 2.5bn investment last year was dedicated to the rolling out of 3G network across the country, and the transformation of our operations to enhance service delivery,” said Mr. Lobry.

He said that the business is strengthening its national broadband reach with the laying of transport cables across the country.

By the end of March 2015, an additional 27 urban areas will be linked onto the Orange 3G network bringing the number of new 3G locations to 41.