Safaricom has officially launched 5G in Kenya. The telco is looking to attract residents and commercial offices in areas that are not currently served by its fibre network as it rolls out the new high-speed internet after months of testing.
Commercially launching Kenya’s first fifth-generation (5G) mobile internet services, Safaricom is the first mobile phone operator to offer the service in the East Africa region.
However, Safaricom 5G will only be available in select places around the country with the telco citing costly 5G-enabled mobile phones as the reason for fewer fifth-generation network sites
Safaricom 5G Coverage Sites In Kenya
Below are the locations and estates that are 5G ready at the moment.
|Yaya Centre Mall, Kiluwa Apartments, Silverstone Apartments, Yaya Apartments, Kasuku Court, Abi Allan Apartments, Mango Court Apartments
|Park View Estate
|Riverview estate, Golden Palm, Silver Gardens
|Two Rivers Mall
|Jerusalem, Mugutha, Murera, Murera Matangi
|Juja South Estate, Murema Estate, Sunset Park, Oak Park Estate
|Baraka Gardens Estate, Acacia Estate, Osoit Gardens Estate
|Kiboswa, Maseno University, Lower Riat Estate, Kisumu Airport, Mamboleo Estate, Kisumu CBD, Kisumu Bus Station
|Mombasa Hospital, Fort Jesus
|Kisii CBD, Kisii Bus terminus, Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital, Kisii University
|Kakamega State Lodge
“The retail prices of 5G phones are more than Sh100,000, putting them beyond the reach of most Kenyans,” said Safaricom Chief Executive Peter Ndegwa said.
“Until handsets that can receive 5G are at a sufficient scale from an individual mobile perspective, there is an insufficient need to have lots of sites that offer 5G.