Kenyan telecoms company Safaricom has launched its 5G home broadband service on a commercial basis, having piloted the fixed wireless access (FWA) network since March 2021. Three home 5G tariffs are advertised, offering speeds of 10Mbps and a monthly data allowance of 300GB for KES3,499 (USD28.7) per month, 40Mbps and 500GB of data for KES5,999 and 100Mbps speeds and an allowance of 1TB for KES14,900 a month. At present, the 5G network has coverage of parts of Nairobi, Kisumu, Kisii, Kakamega, Kiambu, Thika, Machakos, Kajiado and Mombasa. Safaricom selected Nokia’s 5G Single RAN technology and 5G FastMile gateways to enable the FWA service, which is an alternative to the firm’s fibre-optic offering, targeting customers in places where the firm is yet to roll out its fibre network.

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