Orange finally launches the second 3G mobile data service in Kenya.
Today will go down as a big milestone in Kenya’s mobile broadband history as Orange Kenya officially launched its 3G network this morning. Details including pricing are still sketchy as of this writing but various sources on social media noted that their network will be able to run as fast as 21 Mbps from day one.
This means that Kenya now has its second 3G capable mobile network after the long standing monopoly that Safaricom had for years. It also explains why Safaricom earlier this week launched its 21 Mbps capable dongles in the media since they probably knew of Orange Kenya’s impending 3G launch. All the same its refreshing to see that there is finally a second 3G network to compete with Safaricom and hopefully we will see much better pricing for the services going forward.
What remains to be seen is how Airtel Kenya will respond to Orange Kenya stealing the march on them by launching 3G services earlier on their network. Its a major coup for Orange Kenya and frankly I would finally consider buying an Apple iPhone 4 on their network on this very basis with the good packages they have been offering recently. Meanwhile, let the 3G price wars begin!