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Internet use grows in Kenya

19 April 2013, 14:18

Nairobi - More than 16 million Kenyans now have Internet access as penetration increases supported by international connectivity bandwidth.

The number of Internet users in Kenya increased by 11.6 per cent last year alone, according to industry regulator, Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK).

Nearly one million new users were recorded last year, raising the number of Internet subscribers from 8.5 million to 9.4 million by the end of December.

This represents a 75.1 per cent increase compared to the same period the previous year.

“Mobile data and Internet continued to dominate the Internet market contributing 99 per cent of the total Internet and data subscriptions in the country,” says the CCK Sector Quarterly Statistical Report released yesterday.

Internet penetration went up by 4.3 per cent to reach 41.1 per cent, up from 36.8 per cent during the previous period.

However, the number of broadband subscribers declined to 1,002,701 from 1,006,071 posted during the previous period mainly due to a reduction in the number of fixed terrestrial broadband subscribers.

The report attributes the growth in the Internet or data market segment to international Internet connectivity bandwidth that has continued to spiral upwards.

During the quarter under review, the international internet bandwidth used rose to 328,641 megabytes per second (Mbps) from 278,329 Mbps posted during the previous period, representing an increase of 18.1 per cent.

At the same time, the total number of mobile subscribers in Kenya rose to 30.7 million, representing a marginal growth of 1.0 per cent from the previous quarter.

The rate of growth has slowed down, as the market appears saturated and tending towards maturity. Pre-paid subscribers continued to dominate the mobile sub-sector contributing 99 per cent of the total number of subscribers.

Mobile penetration on the other hand increased to 78 per cent during the same period up from 77.2 per cent recorded during the first quarter.

All mobile operators recorded positive growth in service subscription beside Telkom (Orange) - Kenya’s state-run telecommunications monopoly - which lost a total of 609,321 customers, representing a decline of 19.7 per cent during the quarter under review.

The number of letters sent locally declined by 2.0 per cent to reach 17.3 million down from 17.7 million letters sent during the previous period.

Compared to the same period of the previous year, a decline of 11.8 per cent was recorded.

The number of international incoming letters grew by 20.9 per cent during the period to reach 191,672 letters from 158,549 received during the previous period.

Similarly, international outgoing letters reached 1.9 million from 1.6 million during the previous period, representing 18.1 per cent increase.

- CAJ News


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