CIO East Africa (Nairobi)

25 April 2014

Kenya: Orange Rolls Out 3G Network in Uasin Gishu County

Orange has rolled out its 3G network service into Uasin Gishu County. The 3G network will initially cover Eldoret town and its environs, the Moi University locality and Iten. The launch of the 3G network inEldoret is part of the company's ongoing plan to connect all counties acrossthe country to Orange's high-speed network.

Company CEO Mickael Ghossein saidthat they are dedicating part of this year's capital expenditure investment torolling out 3G networks across the country. "Our 3G network footprint in Kenyanow covers Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa and Eldoret and will progressively movetowards other areas of the country," he added.

To celebrate the roll-out of the 3Gnetwork into Uasin Gishu County, Orange is offering 100% data bonus on allInternet bundles from 20MB to 20GB. The offer will be available countrywide toboth Internet on mobile and Internet everywhere (modem) customers. Valid fromApril 25 to July 25, subscribers will be able to use the bonus data between10pm and 6am, daily.

For customers to subscribe to theoffer, they will be required to dial #123#, select option 3 and then 2 for theoffers from their Internet enabled phone. Customers can check their usage bydialing *131# on their mobile phone.

The 3G network footprint in Kenyanow covers Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa and Eldoret.

With the Eldoret 3G network, OrangeTelkom Kenya is looking at increasing its market share backed by the fact thatit has the best 3G network in the country in terms of quality of service, apoint that was highlighted by the industry regulator, the CommunicationsCommission of Kenya (CCK).

Moreover, the recently released sector statisticsreport by the CCK for the second quarter of the year 2013/2014 has mobile dataaccounting for 99% of the total Internet subscriptions. Mobile datasubscriptions grew to 13 million from 11.6 million the previous quarter, withthe development of 3G identified by the regulator as one of the contributingfactors.

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