With mobile Internet being viewed as the next growth area in the country’s telecommunication industry, Orange has added 14 more urban centres to its 3G network. 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 when the company is already recording impressive results from its data business, with the unit growing by 50 per cent 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.
Part of a KSh2.5 billion investment by the company last year was dedicated to the rolling out of 3G network across the country, and the transformation of operations to enhance service delivery. The endorsement from the Communications Authority will strengthen Orange’s national broadband reach with the laying of transport cables across the country.
By the end of Q1, 2015, an additional 27 urban areas will be linked onto the Orange 3G network bringing the number of new 3G locations to 41. The company has also cited the quality of 3G service enough motivation to maintain the same standard and expand the same quality to new areas in the country.