Kenya: Technology infrastructure firm, Huawei, is readying to start deploying the faster fourth generation (4G) network in Kenya with a local telecommunications firm.

Huawei showed off the technology at a roadshow yesterday, where it offered selected clients an opportunity to test the high-speed internet that it said would be enjoyed once the network is in place.

It said it is working in partnership with a local telecommunication company to ensure Kenyans access mobile data faster through 4G. Also referred to as Long Term Evolution, 4G is the next advancement mobile data connectivity after 3G technology.

“We believe we are playing an important role in bridging the digital divide in Kenya, creating opportunities through education, and contributing to the growth of Kenya’s ICT market through various social responsibility programmes that we have put in place,” explained Dean Yu, Huawei Kenya country director.

Huawei is one of the leading suppliers to Safaricom.

The tech firm built Safaricom’s 2G and 3G networks through partnership and put up its extensive fibre-optic network. In addition, Huawei is helping Safaricom upgrade its M-PESA platform from G1 to G2, which will enable Safaricom to provide more advanced features to its users.

In addition, Huawei has supported Telkom Kenya build its fixed ADSL, FTTx and CDMA networks. Huawei also built the National Optical Fibre Backbone Infrastructure for the Government in 2011.

Other solutions it showcased include software-defined mobile strategies, depth network optimisation, backhaul convergence, IP microwave, green work, enterprise solutions and smart devices.


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