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Mobile phone subscriptions reach 31 million

17 January 2014, 15:14

Nairobi - The number of mobile phone subscribers has increased to 31.3 million in the last quarter of 2013, the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) said.

This represents a growth of 2.5 percent from the previous quarter.

The statistics suggest more than 72 percent of the population are subscribers.

CCK said the number of SMS went up by 19.5 per cent to 5.2 billion up from 4.3 billion recorded in the previous quarter with each subscriber sending an average of 54 SMS per month.

The organisation meanwhile added that local internet subscription has dropped by 0.8 million to 11.6 million in the quarter, the first ever-ever negative growth recorded in the local internet market. It represents a 6 percent decline from the previous quarter.

The organisation, attributed to the national population review.

“The decline is attributed to the revision of the national population figure from 39.5 million to 40.7 million as reflected in the Economic Survey 2013,” said a CCK statement.

Mobile money transfer services continued on an upward trajectory with subscribers increasing by 1.1 per cent to reach 25.1million up from 24.8million in the previous quarter.

Similarly, the number of agents grew by 3.7 percent to reach 91,750 up from 88,466 posted during the previous quarter.

Bandwidth capacity shrunk marginally to stand at 862,834 Mbps during the quarter of which the utilized capacity stood at 360,900 Mbps representing 41.8 per cent of the total capacity.

Although the postal/courier sector continued declining, the emergence of new industries such as e-commerce are likely to spur positive growth in the sector mainly through provision of last mile delivery of online purchases.

– CAJ News


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