Roll Out, Kenya’s getting LTE technology

By Nicholas Pescod – AfricanBrains

Those living in Kenya wont need to be Ludacris to connect to LTE, as the government plans to have LTE nationwide coverage.

The Kenyan government is pushing for Long Term Evolution, or 4G technology as a replacement for 2G and 3G technology, which currently exists throughout the country.

According to The Nairobi Star, government officials are aiming to have national LTE technology coverage before 2013.

Parliamentary spokesperson Bitange Ndemo, told The Star that broadband links to all counties in Kenya will be completed before 2013, either through Fibre optic or LTE.

It has been reported that the first phase of the project is completed, but that the Kenyan government may have to initiate re-routing in order to include regions that were forgotten in the original planning.

The Kenyan treasury has also given the “all clear” on a public-private consortium that is responsible for the roll out of 4G technology.

A ten-member group will include four mobile operators, Safaricom, Airtel, Essar (yu) and Telkom Orange.

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Nicholas Pescod attended Iroquois Ridge High School in Oakville, Ontario and graduated in 2007. After deciding to return for an extra semester of high school he attended the University of Guelph in 2008. In 2009 he transferred from University into Centennial College’s journalism program and graduated in 2012. Pescod has been a contributor to the East-Toronto Observer, and he currently contributes to the North Shore News’ entertainment section. While at Centennial College he created Radio Nation, a weekly Internet radio show with a focus on indie music. Since Radio Nation began in November of 2010 there have been over 70 different live guests. In 2011 Pescod received a Global Citizenship award from Centennial for his work on Radio Nation. The show has regular listeners from around the world. Email: nicholas.pescod@africanbrains.org