Friday, August 26, 2011

SAFARICOM and ORANGE KENYA 21.1 Mbps it is

Data Volume
Price (Ksh)
Bundle Price
(Ksh Per MB)
Validity Period
Orange
Safaricom
Orange
Safaricom
Orange
Safaricom
Orange
Safaricom
50MB
50MB
100
100
2.00
2.00
30 Days
30 Days
100MB
200MB
150
250
1.50
1.25
30 Days
30 Days
500MB
500MB
500
499
1.00
1.00
30 Days
30 Days
1GB
1.5GB
750
999
0.75
0.65
30 Days
30 Days
5GB
3GB
2750
1,999
0.54
0.65
30 Days
30 Days
10GB
4GB
4990
2,499
0.48
0.61
30 Days
30 Days
15GB
8GB
5990
3,999
0.39
0.49
30 Days
30 Days
20GB
20GB
7990
9.999
0.39
0.49
30 Days
90 Days

30GB

14,999

0.49
30 Days
90 Days

The substantial investment that has made in undersea cables and the fibre optic network has seen increased broadband capacity and a surge in data appetite. This was expected to bring the consumer world class internet experience.
It is a new dawn for all Kenyans; we finally get to experience true internet experience. Thanks to competition and the technological developments 21.1Mbps it is. In a spun of one week Things have changed for the better. Too bad I lost my 3G phone but am glad that Orange and Safaricom have launched 21.1Mbps internet speed.
The best thing about all this is the super speeds that are offered by both operators. Some of the differentiating factors about all this are that Safaricom has decided to launch with its traditional sites of high data consumption which are Lavington, Langata, South B, South C, Most of Westlands areas as well as the parts of Industrial area while Orange has launched the services in all the major cities of Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.
                                                                 ORANGE COVERAGE IN NAIROBI

Orange modem has other features such wifi and comes with free parental control application retails at 6,999/= but you follow them on twitter then you must be aware that they have the modem going at half the price at Ksh.3500. Limited offer. Affordability changes with Orange. On the other hand Safaricom’s modem costs approx. Ksh.9900/=. The price difference is quit redicullas.
According to techmtaa.com Orange is said to have launched a non-existent 3G service and seems to be in no position to sustain this since it was informed by response to Safaricoms launch of its pilot services.
Both players do seem to be afraid of offering fairly capped internet access where by Safaricom’s unlimited internet access is capped at 256Kbps while Orange has none. Fair use policies should be put in place to ensure the integrity of the network and that the consumer experience is seamless. Once the capped fair use limit has been reached, the connection speed can then be reduced to 256kbps or 512Kbps  for the user for the remainder of the month. Users will still be able to access the Internet and download content – it will just take a bit longer. They both have unlimited 7 day internet access but hey we all want better for less. Here comes September and I do hope that Zain is going to wake up for real, how about a game changer? I think 1Mbps should be a basic right for any loyal subscriber. All in all this is a good tale of the best to come except for YU who are playing us with a Ksh. 2/= per min internet access. Finally, none of these guys are not reinventing the wheel but just copying with pride from the likes of Verizon, Orange Uganda, and UK etc. without any consideration of the real facts on the ground…