5G will be a hot topic next year. Kenyan telcos and some smartphone manufacturers have made significant strides with 5G, and in 2022, we expect more exciting announcements.
Safaricom, Kenya’s leading telecommunications company, will launch 5G publicly early next year. The company has been in the testing phase this year adding 200 test sites across the country in various cities including Nairobi, Kisumu, Kisii, Kakamega and surprisingly also in Amboseli (Ol Tukai).
Safaricom said it is increasing 5G test sites to complement its carrier network as well, as 5G can be used as an alternative to home fiber and fiber for commercial services.
It’s worth noting that Safaricom has only allowed certain devices to access 5G.
The telecommunications company said it will solve this problem.
while the operator builds 5G routers around the city for the masses.
And like we said, you won’t need a new SIM card. The one you have is fully capable of accessing the fastest connection.
We could also expect 5G data packages next year.
Airtel, Kenya’s second leading operator, has already upgraded 600 sites in Nairobi, Mombasa and Malindi to be 5G ready while they wait to receive spectrum.
“These 600 sites are now 5G ready. We don’t have to make any further modifications to the network. We will just get the spectrum and decide when to turn it on, ”said Prasanta Das Sarma, managing director of Airtel Kenya while speaking with the Business journal early this year.
We contacted Airtel for details on these sites and will update this post with more information.
Telkom Kenya is expanding its 4G LTE network, which will lay the foundation for the telco to roll out 5G in the country in the near future.
The third leading telecommunications company partnered with NEC XON and Ericsson on a $ 10 million modernization investment to grow its network to four times its current 4G coverage footprint with 2,000 additional sites by 2023.
In terms of phones, we have seen smartphone manufacturers launch 5G-enabled devices in the country.
In the iOS world, we have iPhone 12 series and iPhone 13 series, all 5G compatible.
Few Android manufacturers have launched 5G devices in the country.
We have the Samsung Galaxy S21 line, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 and the Nokia 8.3 5G.
OPPO also recently launched the Reno6 5G in the country.
Transsion is also joining the 5G smartphone train with its companies TECNO and Infinix.
Infinix has said that they will launch devices with 5G technology and we saw clues with the rumors of Infinix Zero 5G.
TECNO has the Pova 5G, which will also be the company’s first 5G phone.
Speaking during the Camon 18 series launch in Kenya Dickson ireri, Product manager of TECNO and Shiva zhong, TECNO’s country manager shared that as soon as Safaricom begins the public rollout of its 5G network, TECNO will be together with its 5G smartphones ready for its consumers.
We may see a Phantom 11 or Camon 19 series powered by Dimensity chips next year in line with the public launch of 5G in the country next year.
Earlier this week, Rami Osman, MediaTek’s Director of Sales and Marketing, Middle East and Africa shared with us about their 5G plans and pointed out that their Dimensity chips, which already have 5G radios built in, will make 5G smartphones more affordable and therefore more affordable. increase global adoption of 5G.
Rami adds that the chipmaker has partnered with Safaricom to ensure that MTK chips, especially those that support 5G (Dimensity as in the case of the OPPO Reno6 5G), work perfectly with the carrier’s network.