Over the years, or well, since the early 2000s, Safaricom PLC has really been at the forefront and the go to mobile Telco in Kenya. The company commands a huge subscriber base, which was even made more solid with the introduction of their ever so popular mobile money platform, M-PESA. One area where many Kenyans really dread dealing with Safaricom is mobile data. I know. Their data bundles don’t come cheap, and more often than not, you’ll always find cheaper plans with other mobile network providers like Airtel and Telkom.
From mid 2017, however, Safaricom introduced their home Internet plan, dubbed FTTH. This is a monthly unlimited internet subscription plan tailored for those of you who consume lots of GB s of data each day. i am not talking about normal laptop or smartphone usage here, but a complete smart home setup where everything uses internet. From TV, appliances, IP cams, Fridges, washing machines and many others.
If you were to buy say a 90GB data bundle from any Telco, that would still not be enough to run all these, you know. At the end of the day, you’ll most likely wish you had unlimited internet. Safaricom knows this, and that’s why they now have their unlimited home internet service covering most parts of Nairobi, as well as six other major towns across the country.
Just to show you how long overdue this service has been, Safaricom FTTH has only been around for less than a year, yet according to their April figures, they have connected 28000 homes, with their fiber cables readily accessible to 91000 others.
This can only mean one thing: Business is booming, and competition is simply not there, or rather deep in sleep. Compared to conventional data bundles, unlimited internet is way cheaper. let’s create a simple scenario here. You use your smartphone to access the Internet on a daily basis, and of course check on your various social media.
If you use the larger Facebook app, check your Instagram and telegram multiple times daily, you’ll have to spend at least Kshs 50 bob on data bundles. Safaricom will give you 175MBs for that if you are on the blaze tariff, but the normal allocation is 150MBs only. If you choose to buy the new Safaricom Giga data bundles, that is 1GB for 99 bob. This is similar to what the other three mobile networks in Kenya offer, but Telkom were quick to revise their allocation to 2GB. Talk of trying to stay ahead, huh.
On the other hand, if you exclusively use either Airtel or Telkom, you can easily get 500MB for the same amount (sh 50). Cheaper, right? Well here’s our next problem. In Kenya, you just have to own a Safaricom line, and not only that, but use it primarily. Again, you know why. This is why we will always need a smartphone that supports two sim cards. One for data, one for calls and mobile money. It’s that complicated.
Back to our case study, if you spend sh 50 – 100 only on data bundles, and probably more on calls across the day, you will still spend more on data than what Safaricom’s base package goes for. 100 bob daily X 30 days, minus any day you stream yourself out of the daily allocation and have to buy more data, means many of you spend at least Kshs 3,000 on data each month. Now with only kshs 2500, safaricom will give you unlimited internet at blazing speeds of 5MB/s. This is an awesome allocation, especially if you live alone or generally don’t have heavy internet users in the family.
Another advantage of this plan is how it substitutes the need to subscribe to monthly satellite TV. If you have a reliable permanent internet connection such as Safaricom FTTH, you only need to get yourself a Smart TV with a Web OS, or if you have a few extra coins, buy an internet set top box such as ROKU, Amazon Fire or Apple TV.
These streaming devices usually don’t have any recurring charges, and all you need is a good internet connection. If you carry some of your office work with you to later on work on them before you unwind, this plan will also save you lots of data that could be wasted by your mobile browser scouring millions of search results in google.
For millennials, who by the way are heavy internet users by default, this is godsent. As long as there’s connection, you can keep up with your spotify playlists on the go, stream live videos on Insta with no worry of data bundles bleeding out.
Knowing just how Safaricom fiber to the home can be such a money saver for you, what does that mean? Well, it means that first, just click this link to see if your area is covered. If it is available, go ahead and dial *400#, then follow the prompts. If you want a quicker response, just dial the number provided in their home fiber plans page.
Compared to other major unlimited home ISPS in Kenya(That would be Faiba and ZUKU), Safaricom is your go to choice because first, their plans are cheap and reliable then two, you don’t pay for any connection fees. Save money by subscribing to the Safaricom fiber to the home through this link.
**In case you don’t know lingo, FTTH stands for Fiber To The Home