Updated : January 21, 2015 11:48 am,Dubai
Mobile internet subscriptions continue to lead the way in new subscriptions
The number of internet users In Kenya increased by 4.1 percent between July and September last year to stand at 23.2 million up from 22.3 million users in quarter four of the previous financial year.
The Quarterly Sector Statistics Report by the Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) for the period July – September 2014 indicates that the growth was driven by a jump in internet subscriptions that recorded a 5.8 percent increase in the period under review up from million subscriptions in the previous quarter.
Mobile data/internet subscriptions rose 5.9 percent to 14.7 million up from 13.9 million recorded the previous quarter.
During the quarter under review, mobile subscriptions increased by 1.6 percent to 32.8 million from 32.2 million subscriptions registered during the last quarter.
Pre-paid mobile subscriptions grew by 1.5 percent to stand at 32.0 million up from 31.5 million subscriptions posted during the preceding quarter while the number of post-paid subscriptions increased by 7.1 percent to reach 712,894 during the quarter, from 665,697 subscriptions during the last quarter.
Mobile penetration gained 1.3 percent to reach 80.5 percent during the quarter up from 79.2 percent recorded during the previous quarter.
Mobile voice traffic stood at 8.0 billion minutes up from7.3 billion minutes registered during the last quarter marking an increase of 9.0 percent during the period. Each subscriber made calls for an average of 81.9 minutes per month (2.7 minutes per day) compared to the previous quarter’s 79.3 minutes per month.
During the quarter under review, the number of local outgoing Short Message Services (SMS) increased by 1.2 percent to hit 6.9 billion, up from 6.8 billion recorded during the previous quarter.
On average, each subscriber sent about 71 messages per month.
The number of mobile money transfer subscriptions increased by 1.4 percent to stand at 26.9 million up from 26.6 million posted in the previous quarter.
Similarly, the number of mobile money transfer active agents rose by 5.2 percent to 114,988 up from 109,286 agents registered in the last quarter.
The number of fixed (wired) lines continued to register a decline, reducing by a 4.2 percent during the period to stand at 192,778 lines down from 201,233 lines recorded in the last quarter.
Fixed line connections reduced to 50,018 from 52,053 lines during the last quarter representing a of 3.9 percent decline. The number of fixed wireless subscriptions also dropped by 4.3 percent during the period to stand at 142,760 down from 149, 180 subscriptions in the previous quarter.