Safaricom’s theBIGbox offers 3G/4G data network, USB, SD, HDMI port, DVB-T2 in HD, Wi-Fi hotspot for up to ten and YouTube streaming all in one.

In addition, it enables you to play content from your flash disks and Micro SD cards since it has slots for both. To boot, theBigbox also has an RJ45 slot meaning that you can/could connect it to your home Internet network via ethernet. In a nutshell, what this means is that theBigBox is something of a Trojan Horse in that it can do a lot more than is possible at the minute with all its extensibility. Clearly, these will be activated in due course.

Functionalty

theBigbox, apart from being a standard Digital TV STB is also able to function as a WiFi hotspot for up to 10 devices using its 4G capable Internet connectivity. This is really cool except that with a pay-as-you-go Internet service it has its limitations compared to unlimited Internet via fibre to the home (FTTH) offerings like Zuku, JTL Faiba and others. However, theBigbox is able to connect to ethernet so eventually Safaricom could offer FTTH and even Fibre to the business (FTTB) using theBigBox. For sure, this thing is a Trojan Horse of sorts!

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