Safaricom Promises Minimal Network Disruption During Obama Visit

Cellphone services will be minimally affected by US President Barack Obama’s three-day visit on, mobile service provider Safaricom has said.

“We recognise the fact that as the most protected individual in the world, there will be some security measures undertaken by his team, which could include the temporary disruption of mobile signals,” Safaricom said on its website on Thursday.

“This will be close to where the President is at any given time. These interruptions will be intermittent.”

Safaricom said it has conducted key network optimisation in locations to be used by summit attendants.

“We have upgraded our fixed data capacity to facilitate live streaming as the visit is of international interest,” Safaricom said.

On Wednesday, Nairobi Traffic chief Edward Mwamburi announced the closure of Mombasa Road, Uhuru Highway and Waiyaki Way from 2pm to 9pm on Friday.

Waiyaki Way, Thika Superhighway and Limuru Road will be closed on Saturday, when Obama is expected to visit the UN Gigiri, for the 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

He is expected to give a pubic lecture at Kenyatta University and an address at Safaricom Stadium Kasarani on Sunday.