Airtel Kenya is targeting to make a Ksh. 19 billion ($188,943,220) investment in Kenya over the course of the next three years. This move will be geared towards improving the telecom’s network quality, products and services to its subscribers in Kenya.
Adil El Youssefi, the Airtel Kenya CEO, said, “Airtel’s journey in Kenya has been a fascinating and exciting one. Airtel, an ambitious front runner in the technology industry, has helped millions of Kenyans plug into the local and global community. We push the boundaries of technology, constantly innovating, and drawing on our entrepreneurial spirit to provide our customers a window to the world.”
The planned investment will go towards improving the telecom’s voice and data services, Airtel shops and brand equity development, staff training programs, customer service improvement and community development programs across Kenya.
Airtel, which is currently undertaking its phase two of network upgrade, is set to improve drastically internet speed and provide a more stable internet service. The telecom partnered with Nokia Networks, one of the leading mobile broadband specialists in the world, to deploying the latest wireless technologies in Kenya.
The telecom also said it will embark on a massive rollout of new sites across the capital, Nairobi. To ensure that all customers enjoy strong network signals even when they are indoors. This rollout will also be expanded to other major towns in Kenya to provide all Airtel subscribers strong signal, faster data speed, and quality services.
The company is also said to be gearing up to launch 4G LTE network by the end of this year. Bharti Airtel has embarked on an aggressive campaign across the African continent with the slogan “It’s Now”. Leading to the telecom enrolling Manchester City midfielder, Yaya Toure as its ambassador in a campaign to identify and nurture talent across the continent.
“The ‘Airtel Internet for Schools’ that has so far connected over 250,000 students in over 130 schools in the country to free internet, ensuring access and use of learning materials and content online to augment their knowledge and potential for personal success,” Youssefi added.
Bharti Airtel currently boasts of having the largest 3G footprint across the continent. It has a presence in 17 African countries where it provides 3G network and a unique One-Network service that allows subscribers to connect seamlessly. Thus, providing convenient and affordable roaming services to customers traversing different countries where the telecom is present.