Safaricom to signs deal for 3G equipment

July 5, 2008

, NAIROBI July 5- Mobile phone operator Safaricom has signed a multi-million dollar deal with the Chinese telecommunications equipment supplier to provide 3G equipment.

Safaricom Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Michael Joseph Friday said the partnership for the 3G equipment was reached after a detailed analytical evaluation and the realization that the 3G equipment are superior, high quality modern technology.
‘3G is the future. We need state-of-the-art products with the highest speeds,” he added.

Joseph disclosed that the company had invested a total of Sh1.9 billion in license fees and infrastructure development to launch the service.

Huawei Technologies Company Senior Vice President Kevin Tao said he firm would provide modern and high quality equipment to enable Safaricom to have one of the best telecommunication infrastructures in the world.

Citing the example of Germany and other leading economies where Huawei has launched its unified 3G technology, Tao said the cost of telecommunications had reduced in the long-term.

“Safaricom’s subscriber base has increased to 11 million and there is potential for more market share penetration which makes the co-operation between us and Safaricom more meaningful,” Tao noted.

Safaricom has already launched the broadband internet services with speeds of between 3.2 Megabytes per second (Mbps) and 7.2 Mbps in Mombasa and Nairobi.

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