So Jamii Telecom officially became a mobile service carrier Faiba4G just the other day and left Kenyans an excited lot over the ridiculously affordable mobile data plans in the market. Some say the cheapest mobile data plans across Africa.
One thing is for sure, the end-users (Kenyan consumers) are happy with Faiba4G mobile data pricing, but chances are high most of them will soon be having an ‘oh-oh moment’ pretty soon. For one, the 4G LTE network being offered by the new mobile service carrier Faiba4G mobile network under the prefix 0747 uses 700MHz frequency. That is a new type of wireless technology, which is very different from the 800MHz frequency used by the all the previous mobile services providers; Safaricom, Airtel Kenya, Telekom Kenya, and Equittel.
For users to enjoy the new 700MHz 4G network by Faiba4G, they will need mobile devices with the latest type of wireless chip that supports that network. Here comes the ‘oh-oh moment’! The Kenyan market is shipped mostly with mobile devices (or 4G enabled-devices) that support the 800MHz frequency and not the 700MHz frequency network.
That is to say, for …read more