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Jun 5, 2017


Safaricom Launches 4.5G Network In Kenya

Safaricom has just launched its 4.5G network in cities of Nairobi, Kisumu, and Mombasa - Kenya. I'm sure you'll be wondering what's 4.5G network; it's the advanced LTE of the normal 4G LTE we know. It's also called 4G Plus. This network provide more faster speed when browsing than the normal 4G LTE network.

What is a 4.5G network?

4.5G is a faster, more robust version of 4G that uses what is called Carrier Aggregation. In simple terms, a 4.5G network uses multiple 4G LTE frequencies at the same time to provide faster speeds. For example, a 4.5G (4G Plus) network can combine LTE 1800, 2100 and 2600 MHz bands together. Isn't this interesting?

That is like adding more lanes to a road: more cars can move at the same time and they can move faster. In technical circles, it is called LTE Advanced. 4.5G networks have been around for about three years now.

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4.5G networks deliver speeds of up to 150 Mbps. e.g. Vodafone Ireland, have been known to up this to 225 Mbps, which is up to three times faster than regular 4G. In Nigeria, Ntel launched the country’s first 4.5G network in 2016, offering a theoretical maximum speed of 230 Mbps. Of course, theoretical maximum speeds are not often attainable in everyday usage due to several factors.

Where Does Safaricom Have 4.5G Coverage?

Initial coverage is available where Safaricom has 4G coverage. These include the cities of Nairobi, Mombasa, and Kisumu. The operator also says that parts of Kisii, Naivasha, Kitui, Machakos, Kakamega and Kericho are covered as well.

What Do You Need To Do To get 4G Plus on Safaricom?

On the device side, you will need to purchase a 4G Plus compatible smartphone, tablet, mifi, or dongle to be able to use a 4.5G network. The same goes for mobile broadband dongles and Wi-Fi modems.

On the network side, you need to do nothing. If you are subscribed to a data bundle on Safaricom, 4G Plus is automatically available to you if you are within coverage area.

If your device is not compatible with a 4.5G network, it will fall back to regular 4G, 3G or 2G, depending on available coverage.


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  1. Better ahead for them

  2. Tolu5/6/17

    Good to hear that.I hope Nigeria will get there one day.Thanks for the update

  3. good for people of Kenya

  4. I hope it's not a fraud like our own 4g. Which is a 3g in 4g packaging

    1. Funny you. 3g in 4g packaging lol

  5. Kenya is now ahead in terms of internet, I hope Nigeria will follow suit soon.

  6. Though the 4g here in Nigeria, we don't have it in everywhere... Kudos to Kenya for moving forward.