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More than 30 million Kenyans use mobile phones

17 September 2014, 17:20 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - More than 30 million Kenyans use mobile phones, the Communication Authority of Kenya CAK has revealed.

The number, which is huge considering the country's population is just over the 40 million mark means that many Kenyans are reachable on mobile units.

CAK said that the reason for the high number is increase in accessibility of SIM cards, service providers as well as cheap phones.

" We have seen a steep rise in mobile handset use, which represents growth in the sector", he said.

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CAK Director General Francis Wangusi also said that of the 30 million, over 20 million use internet data on a daily basis.

He was speaking Wednesday in Machakos when launching an ICT programme.

Safaricom and Airtel still dominate the local market with Safaricom carrying the lion's share of the market.

Mobile money transfer services also rank high in use, with 70% of handset users using fully services such as M-pesa and Airtel money.

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