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iAfrica News Kenya Focus 

April 19 - 25, 2013

 

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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

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National number of mobile telephone
users hits 30.7 million mark

According to latest statistics from the Communication
Commission of Kenya the rate of growth has slowed down
as the market appears saturated and tending to maturity

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NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- The total number of mobile subscribers in Kenya rose to 30.7 million as at the December 31, 2012, representing a marginal growth of 1.0 percent from the quarter ending September, industry regulator said on Thursday.

According to latest statistics from the Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK) Sector Quarterly Statistical Report released in Nairobi, 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 percent of the total number of subscribers, “ CCK said.

According to the report, mobile penetration on the other hand increased to 78 percent during the same period up from 77.2 percent recorded during the first quarter.

“All mobile operators recorded positive growth in service subscription beside Telkom (Orange) which lost a total of 609,321 customers, representing a decline of 19.7 percent during the quarter under review,” CCK said.

The industry regulator said the number of internet users in Kenya increased to 16.2 million in the period between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 last year, representing a growth of 11.6 percent.

“Mobile data/internet continued to dominate the Internet market contributing 99 percent of the total internet/data subscriptions in the country,” said the report.

The report attributed the growth in the Internet/data market segment to international internet connectivity (used) bandwidth that has continued to spiral upwards.

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

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