Safaricom, in a collaboration with Huawei, on Thursday unveiled three 5G experiential centres in Nairobi in a move meant to showcase the superfast speeds that come with 5G.

The three centres are situated in Safaricom’s shops at Village Market, The Hub and Buruburu and will also stage the cutting-edge devices that come with 5G connectivity.

“We are excited to unveil these experience centres, which will enable Kenyans to discover the power of 5G firsthand,” said Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa.

He added, “As a digital lifestyle enabler, we are further enhancing Kenya’s best internet network, and empowering our customers to start exploring the limitless possibilities that 5G provides.”

Customers will experience virtual reality gaming zones, smart-capabilities for homes and enterprises, and speed-testing booths at the three 5G experience centres inNairobi.

“They show how 5G can be transformative in connecting homes and small businesses to drive economic growth and social development, unlocking the digital economy,” said Huawei Kenya Deputy CEO Sheng Kaifu.

Safaricom launched its 5G network in October 2022, the first telcos to do so in the region, and it has so far commissioned more than 200 5G sites across 11 counties in Kenya.

Among the counties with the 5G sites are Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Kisii, Kakamega, Nakuru, Kiambu, Machakos, Kajiado, Vihiga and Siaya.

Home and Enterprise customers already in 5G zones are able to enjoy the network through 5G Wi-Fi, with customers ale to check the available 5G zones on the Safaricom website.

More than 300,000 Safaricom customers use 5G smartphones and can also access 5G network with superfast speeds of up to 2Gbps, with typical speeds of 400Mbps to 700Mbps.

Safaricom says its network now covers more than 99 per cent of Kenya’s population, while its fibre network is connected to more than 450,000 homes and businesses countrywide.