Kenya’s Essar Telecom – which trades as Yu – says that it will skip 3G services and jump directly to building an LTE network.
That is once it has secured the necessary investment funding from its shareholders though. The company is 20 per cent owned by local businessmen Peter Kibiriti and Jos Konzolo, and 80 per cent by India’s Essar Group.
Country manager Madhur Taneja told local media that it is too late to start investing in 3G infrastructure when the rest of the world is moving to 4G.
"If 3G will only be here for a short while, we would rather skip the generation and put our money where the future is."
Yu is the last mobile network in the country offering just GSM services.