Historically when you think about factors that create an enabling environment for business, top on your list would be things like roads, electricity, telephone lines, and security. However, these days internet connection – fast, reliable, and affordable internet – also features top on that list.
In Kenya, the fastest and most reliable mobile data plan comes from the biggest telecom, Safaricom. The telecom that is also behind the revolutionary mobile money payment solution M-Pesa. Well, Safaricom’s internet (rather mobile data) has continuously come under criticism from the subscribers for being too expensive.
Indeed the other competing telecoms have mobile data plan much more affordable than Safaricom. However, they fail in some areas. For one, they are not widely available across the country as most have limited coverage. Then they are usually not reliable, sometimes speeds are fast, and other time painstaking slow.
Safaricom has all along had a reasonably fast and reliable internet connection, albeit it has not been affordable compared to its competitors. So it has been losing the mobile data battle to its competitors, especially in urban and semi-urban areas where the networks of competitors are …read more