Capital FM (Nairobi)

17 April 2014

Kenya's Internet Subscribers Hit 13.1 Million

Nairobi — The number of Internet subscribers in Kenya has grown by 13 percent in the second quarter of the 2013/2014 financial year to stand at 13.1 million subscribers up from 11.9 million in the previous quarter according to the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK).

The CCK Quarterly Sector Statistics Report says that mobile subscriptions remained the greatest contributor of Internet data subscriptions accounting for 99 percent of total subscriptions.

Optic fibre and Digital Subscriber Line subscriptions grew by 9.3 percent and 4.1 per cent respectively.

The report shows that the number of broadband subscriptions also increased marginally by 2.6 percent to reach 1,435,267 subscriptions up from 1,398,395 subscriptions registered in the previous quarter.

The estimated number of Internet users rose by 11 percent to reach 21.2 million up from 19.1 million estimated during the previous quarter.

The report indicates that Internet penetration increased to 52.3 percent by the end of the quarter.

The report also indicates that mobile telephony experienced a marginal increase in the number of mobile subscriptions during the quarter to post 31.309 million subscriptions up from 31.301 million recorded last quarter.

Prepaid subscriptions declined by 1.2 percent to stand at 30.7 million down from 30.8 million posted during the previous quarter as post-paid subscriptions increased by 22.9 percent.

"During the quarter, there were 560,503 post-paid subscriptions up from 455,983 posted in the last quarter. Mobile penetration remained unchanged at 76.9 per cent," the report indicates.

Local mobile voice traffic maintained its upward trajectory during the quarter to stand at 7.8 billion minutes up from 7.4 billion recorded during the previous quarter representing a 5.5 percent growth.

CCK attributed the growth to the numerous promotions and special offers by mobile operators during the quarter.

"Similarly, the number of SMSs grew significantly to reach 6.2 billion SMSs compared to the 5 billion posted in the preceding quarter. This tremendous increase could also be attributed to the festive season," the report states.

In the postal and courier sector, local letters sent went up by 3 percent to stand at 17.3 million from 16.8 million registered during the previous quarter.

International incoming letters grew by 19.3 percent to stand at 2.7 million up from 2.2 million witnessed in the previous quarter. In addition, international outgoing letters increased by 11.1 per cent to stand at 1.3 million from 1.1 million letters recorded in the previous quarter.

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