Telkom Kenya and ZTE sign $46.1m 3G contract

The operator expects commercial 3G launch in Kenya?s main cities before Q3 2011
Telkom Kenya has selected ZTE Corporation to build and maintain its 3G network in the country.
Telkom Kenya has selected ZTE Corporation to build and maintain its 3G network in the country.

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Telkom Kenya, a part of the Orange group, has chosen ZTE Corporation to roll out its 3G network in the country. The deal is worth about $46.1 million. Under the terms of the agreement, ZTE is to build and maintain the 3G network for Telkom Kenya.

Mickael Ghossein, CEO of Telkom Kenya, said that the operator expects to launch the commercial 3G services in all major cities by the first half of 2011, before expanding the network to other parts of the country in subsequent phases.

"With speeds of up to 21Mbps, customers will have better browsing and download experiences, have access to new applications such as GPRS, improved e-commerce, and online gaming. This will in turn encourage further growth in local content development and generation," he said.

Zhang Renjun, vice president, ZTE Corporation's Africa operations, said that the new network will allow upgrades from 2G to 3G and 4G, without expensive network overlays and infrastructural replacements.

With the current number of subscribers stated to be 2.3 million, Ghossein said that the 3G roll out is consistent with Telkom Kenya's plan to double its subscriber base by the end of 2011. Telkom Kenya acquired the country's third 3G license for $10 million during last November.

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