Safaricom has applied for additional spectrum from the Communications Authority (CA) of Kenya, to expand its 4G LTE network across the country.

The regulator said that the operator is seeking additional frequencies in the 800MHz band.

In November 2014 Safaricom signed a KES14.9 billion ($157.1 million) deal with the government to construct a national security and surveillance system, and was offered to buy 4G radio spectrum as part of the agreement. The company paid $75 million for the spectrum, switching on Kenya’s first LTE network in Nairobi and Mombasa the following month.