NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- The
number of Kenya’s mobile subscriptions grew 1.0 percent to 38.9 million in the
second quarter of financial year 2016/2017 (October-December 2016) from 38.5
million registered during the previous quarter, the industry regulator said on
from the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) said mobile penetration level
recorded a growth of 0.9 percentage points to stand at 88.2 percent during the
quarter, up from 87.3 percent posted during the previous quarter.
under review registered an increase of 385,260 new mobile subscriptions compared
to a decline of 1.1 million subscriptions recorded in the previous quarter,” CA
said in its latest report.
CA, the total number of mobile money subscriptions was recorded at 31.9 million
while mobile money agents were recorded at 161,583 during the quarter under
The volume of
transactions (deposits and withdrawals) made was recorded at 456.6 million Kenya
shillings (about 4.5 million U.S. dollars).
the number of Internet users has increased significantly in the three months to
December, driven by affordable smartphones and data bundles.
indicates that the number of estimated Internet users recorded a growth of 5.2
percent to stand at 39.6 million compared to 37.7 million users recorded during
the preceding quarter.
penetration stood at 89.8 percent, up from 85.3 percent during the previous
users in the country access data either through terrestrial wireless, fixed
cable modem or fixed fibre optic, all segments that registered growth during the
quarter under review. Only the satellite segment did not record growth.
The number of
broadband subscriptions continued its upward trend, recording 12.7 million
subscriptions during the quarter under review, which marked a broadband
penetration level of 28.7 percent.
who accessed Internet; mobile data subscriptions continued to account for the
highest stake posting 26.7 million subscriptions during the quarter under
review, which represented 99 percent of the subscriptions,” CA said.
be attributed to the affordability of smartphones in the country as well as
affordable data/internet bundles offered by various Internet service operators,”
the report says.
also notes that the uptake of smartphones by consumers that offer access to
various mobile phone applications which include: social media, search engines,
email and video chat, which are very popular applications, has seen increase in
the use of internet/data services.
technologies develop and become popular, new uses and consumer behaviours
emerge. It is expected that the introduction of new generation of network and
device technologies will lead to further changes in usage.”