In Summary
  • The latest tech supports the telco’s growing internet needs which have exploded with a spike in Kenyans' web usage.

Safaricom has unveiled its partnership with Chinese technology giant Huawei which will provide it with the world's first end-to-end 400G backbone network.

Making the announcement at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on Wednesday, Safaricom's chief technology officer Thibaud Rerolle said the partnership will increase the telco's efficiency and reliability of services.

The latest technology will enable Safaricom support its growing internet needs and video streaming services for its home and mobile customers, thus giving the company more freedom with how it uses its network while supporting heavy usage by subscribers.

“The 400G solution will support the continued growth of our network which is being driven by an explosion in internet usage. Mobile data usage on our network has been doubling year-on-year while our fibre network now reaches more than 220,000 homes and 17,000 businesses across more than 10 towns. It was therefore prudent to invest in the latest network technology to ensure that we can support the demand from our customers for years to come,” said Mr Rerolle.

The network will be rolled out in two phases with Nairobi and Mombasa set to be the first to be connected.

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