Telkom Kenya has entered into an agreement with online phone airtime purchase website MobileRecharge.Com to allow Kenyans in the diaspora to load local phones directly, a service which was only previously available for Safaricom and Airtel.
The transaction takes up to one minute, no contract is required, the payment is flexible in any currency using Visa, Mastercard or PayPal, and the online order form is easy for everyone. One can make the top up on the website or using MobileRecharge app, which is free to install on any Android or iOS device.
Telkom is widely considered the third mobile phone operator in Kenya and since its relaunch after ceasing collaboration with French firm Orange, has been on a great growth impetus with mouth watering promotions in a bid to woo more subscribers.
Last month, Telkom launched a KES 150Million data Centre in Nairobi’s Upper Hill to up its network quality, co-location and hosting services, Internet connectivity and local loop connectivity.
The modernized open access facility at Milimani Exchange along Bishop Road, Upper Hill, Nairobi, is part of Telkom’s network infrastructure expansion programme and is capable of hosting all Telco’s infrastructure both local and international clients at the site.
According to Telkom Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Aldo Mareuse, this latest investment is to leverage on the rising demand for cloud-based services for Kenyan and regional businesses, at a customer‘s requirements.
“It gives our clients three redundant fiber routes guaranteeing back-up and access to international capacity on the Submarine Cables (TEAMS, EASSy & LION2) from Nairobi, enabling us to redeploy superior services competitively beyond market offering,” says Mr. Mareuse.
The new infrastructure, he says, provides access to national fiber backbone and metro capacities across the country whilst offering turnkey solution support for public and private cloud deployment and multi-channel access to services.
The Communications Authority of Kenya recently released their statistical report about the industry’s performance for the January-March 2108 quarter reporting that mobile penetration in the country has hit 95%. Safaricom has 67% market share of the mobile subscriptions, Airtel is next with 19.7% (grew by 2.5%) and Telkom is now at 8.6%.