Orange has rolled out its 3G network in Nakuru county, making it the sixth county to be connected to the high-speed network.

HumanIPO reported last month Orange has rolled out its 3G network service in Uasin Gishu, while last week it connected Marsabit, Nandi, Vihiga and Lamu.

The company has been seeking to consolidate its data services business in the current financial year, with mobile internet being viewed as the next growth area in the country’s telecommunication industry.

Orange is already reporting impressive results from data, with the unit growing by 17 per cent in the first quarter on a year-on-year basis, with this performance attributed to the provision of the Orange high-speed broadband to 31 county governments and through the improvement of the company’s network across the country.

“Part of our KSh2.5 billion (US$28.4 million) investment this year has been dedicated to the rolling out of a 3G network across the country, and the transformation of our operations to enhance service delivery,” said Orange Kenya chief executive officer (CEO) Mickael Ghossein.

He said Orange is strengthening its national broadband reach with the laying of transport cables across the country in preparation for the launch of internet connectivity via fibre networks in Kenya and by extension the whole region.

An Orange spokesperson told HumanIPO earlier this week its Kenyan operations are under scrutiny following the sale of its 95 per cent stake in Orange Uganda to West African mobile operator Africell Holding for an undisclosed amount. “Orange is conducting a similar review process with regards to its activities in Kenya,” the spokesperson said.