NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya held two elections between
August and November this year, giving the telecommunications
industry a huge boost with increased volume of Short Messages
Service (SMS) and voice traffic.
Thanks to the election
on Aug. 8, the volume of voice traffic and SMSs rose
significantly between July and September, the latest data from
the Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) showed Saturday.
Of the two, it is the use of SMS that benefited the most from
the August elections, with CA noting the same trend would be
registered in the October-December quarter.
During the period July to September, the total number of SMSs
sent increased significantly to 19.2 billion messages from 15.2
billion registered in previous quarter, said the telecom sector
On the other hand, the total volume of voice traffic
originating from mobile networks increased to 11 billion
minutes, up from 10.6 billion minutes recorded in the previous
And the political activity saw Kenyans raise their individual
minute per use per month to 90.1 from 88.4 recorded in the
"The increase in mobile voice and SMS traffic is attributed
to the electioneering period during which these services were
used as campaign tools by various politicians to reach out to
the people," noted the regulator.