Safaricom has announced its intentions to use Huawei as the supplier for the 5G rollout in the course of this year.
This comes at a time when the US has warned countries against including Huawei in their 5G rollouts, citing that China may use that as a security breach. This, therefore, puts Kenya in a hard place seeing that it is on the road to sign a free trade agreement with the US.
Still, Safaricom maintains they will use Huawei because, in Michael Joseph’s words, ‘we don’t have that situation in Africa.”
According to Michael Joseph, Safaricom’s interim CEO, they will follow guidelines from their two main shareholders, South Africa’s Vodacom and Britain’s Vodafone. They will roll-out the network first in major cities where the demand is highest.