Convert the millions of Kenyan 2G and 3G users into 4G consumers. In the short term, this is Safaricom’s immediate plan. Not the launch of 5G. The operator has chosen to delay its plan to market the fifth generation of mobile Internet. This, despite the fact that he had finished testing and was planning to upgrade major urban centers to this very high-speed connectivity.
The retreat comes amid pressure from the United States on its allies. They want them to cut ties with Chinese company Huawei in the global race to roll out the 5G network, highlighting security concerns. The infrastructure of Safaricom having been built by the Chinese company, this inevitably raises questions.
Safaricom’s official position on this subject is not mentioned by its CEO Peter Ndegwa. “We tested it (5G) in this country. We will discuss the spectrum with the government in the background. But in terms of immediacy, we don’t plan to go big on 5G at this point in the short term. We still have so much room to fully exploit and use 4G before switching to 5G, ”he said only.