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

July 16, 2012 Leave a comment

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.

Alcatel now enters the budget Android market with its Alcatel OT-918

June 20, 2012 84 comments

Safaricom has unveiled the Alcatel OT-918 into what is fast becoming a competitve entry level smartphones market.

The OT-918 will be selling at Kshs 8,499/- and will come bundled with free Kshs 1000 airtime and 1.5GB free data.

The Alcatel OT-918 has the following specs:

 

  • Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread)
  • 650 MHz  processor
  • 3.15MP camera ( 2048×1536 pixels)
  • 1300 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • 3.2″ TFT capacitive touchscreen display
  • 320 x 480 pixels (~180 ppi pixel density)
  • 150 MB internal storage, 512 MB ROM and a 256MB RAM
  • 14.4 Mbps HSDPA, Edge class 12, GPRS class 12
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • Wi-Fi plus a Wi-FiHotspot
  • HTML Browser

The OT-918 will strengthen Safaricom’s strategy of increasing its data usage focus by using smartphones that are both affordable and easily available.

Other new phones in the entry level smartphones catagory include the new Huawei Ideos Y100 and the Samsung Galaxy Pocket.

Its an Android revolution!!

 

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