CIO East Africa (Nairobi)

17 January 2014

Kenya: Internet Growth Dips for the First Time

The internet and data segment registered a 6.1 per cent in subscriptions a decline of 800,000 subscriptions in the quarter in focus as a result of a decline in subscriptions in mobile data and satellite subscriptions.

This is according to the quarterly statistics report by the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) between July and September 2013.

This reduction prompted a decline of 2.5 percent in the estimated number of internet users in the country from 19.6 million users to just 19.1 million.

As compared to the same period in 2012 a 31.7 percent increase in internet users was however recorded.

Another drop recorded was the population that had internet over the same period from 49.7 percent to 47.1 percent triggered by the decrease in internet subscriptions and the consequent reduction in internet usage.

In the mobile front Safaricom lost a 2.4 percent marketshare from 75.6 percent to 73.2 percent while competitor Airtel gained 1.4 percent sgares to 14.3 percent.

Other operators Telkom Kenya (Orange) gained 0.9 percent while Essar gained 0.2 percent to 7.3 percent and 5.2 percent respectively.

In fixed/terrestrial wireless data subscriptions with Wananchi Online retaining its peak position with a 3.9 percent increase in market share to stand at 43 pervent followed by Liquid Telecom with 16.8 percent and Access Kenya with 12.6 percent.

Broadband subscriptions also dropped minimally by 0.1 percent to 1,397,906.

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