Zain Kenya is set to launch a third generation 3G service in July 2010, Reuters reports. Zain’s Managing Director, Rene Meza confirmed to Reuters by phone: “We are planning to roll out 3G services in July 2010. We expect the regulator to announce new spectrum costs for 3G during the first week of June which are going to be substantially lower than the current $25 million. That will obviously allow all mobile operators to be able to roll out 3G services in Kenya and increase Internet penetration in the country.”
Zain Kenya is currently in the process of being sold to Bharti Airtel for about $9 billion. The company is Kenya’s second largest mobile operator.