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Government and nine private firms to implement LTE network in one year’s time

Kenya is set to have 4G network soon following the Treasury’s approval of a public-private partnership to implement the network’s roll-out.

Information P.S Bitange Ndemo has said the Treasury last week gave its nod to a consortium of nine private firms in partnership with the government to implement the Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. Ndemo added that they want to target especially the rural areas that have thus far been technologically marginalised.

Nine private firms are in the consortium include Kenya’s four main mobile phone operators, hardware manufacturers, Nokia Siemens Networks and Alcatel-Lucent, Kenya Data Networks (KDN), South African mobile operator MTN and an unnamed US telecom firm.

In 2010, Safaricom signed a three-year Sh12 billion contract with Chinese mobile manufacturer, Huawei, to roll out the 4G network.

LTE is a fourth generation (4G) mobile network that will provide fast speeds and higher bandwidth for multimedia services . The roll-out will cost an estimated Sh42 billion.

A few months back, the CCK had dismissed calls for surrender of broadcasting spectrum in the 700MHz band for use in deployment of LTE services as ill-timed and impracticable. Its not clear what spectrum will be used for the roll-out.

CCK Ag. Director General Mr. Francis Wangusi said the 700MHz band would become available for re-assignment to other services after the country migrates from analogue to digital TV broadcasting.

The deadline for the switch off of analogue TV broadcasting in Africa, parts of Europe, Russia and the Middle East is June 17, 2015 in line with an agreement signed at the ITU in 2006.  As a member of the ITU, Kenya is bound by the provisions of this agreement.

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