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Kenya's mobile phone users pass 30 mln mark

Monday 21 January 2013 | 15:11 CET | News
Mobile phone subscribers in Kenya reached 30.4 million in September 2012, up from 29.7 million three months earlier, according to the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK). Prepaid subscriptions continued to dominate, representing 99.0 percent of the total. Postpaid subscriptions grew by 8.9 percent to stand at 297,640. Kenya now has a mobile penetration of 77.2 percent. 

Operator market shares were little changed compared to the previous quarterly report. Safaricom dropped marginally from 64.0 percent of subscribers during the previous period to 63.2 percent at the end of September. Orange Kenya's market share declined by 0.3 percentage points to 10.2 percent, while Airtel Kenya's market share increased to 16.8 percent from 16.5 percent. Essar Telecom (Yu) also increased, to 9.9 percent from 9.0 percent. 

The fixed-line sector saw a 5.5 percent decline in the number of lines to 248,300. The uptake of data/internet services continued, with 34.2 percent of the population accessing the internet, mainly via the mobile phone. The number of internet subscriptions rose to 8.5 million from 7.7 million in the previous quarter, representing a 10.2 percent increase.  In total, the estimated number of internet users stood at 13.53 million. Despite the increase in internet/data subscriptions during the period, bandwidth utilization only increased marginally by 0.3 percent during the quarter, to 48.3 percent.  


Categories: General
Companies: Airtel Kenya / CCK / Orange Kenya / Safaricom / Yu
Countries: Kenya
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