The Communication Authority of Kenya has granted Airtel and Orange Kenya regulatory approval to start testing the 4G technology on their networks.
Getting the CA’s approval means the telcos can begin to launch the service commercially.
Currently, only Safaricom has commercially launched the high speed wireless data internet service in the country. 4G LTE supports wireless communication of high speed data for mobile phones.
According to Orange Kenya CEO, Vincent Lobry, “The company is yet to begin testing LTE on its network as its main focus currently is to ensure there is optimal use of its allocated 3G frequencies.”
Mr. Lobry further added that, athough, Orange has a technology-neutral license that allows it to launch any telecom service, it does not have the required frequency, and the industry regulator needs to provide the mechanism on how such frequency will be allocated to all players in the sector.