Kenya hits 38.9 mobile subscribers- CA Q2 Report

Kenya hits 38.9 mobile subscribers- CA Q2 Report

The Communication Authority of Kenya has released 2016/2017  quarter two sector  statistics showing a rising number of mobile subscribers.

As at the end of Q2 of FY 2016/17, the number of mobile subscriptions experienced a nominal growth of 1.0 per cent to reach 38.9 million up from 38.5 million registered during the previous quarter. Subsequently, mobile penetration level recorded a growth of 0.9 per centage points to stand at 88.2 per cent during the quarter up from 87.3 per cent posted during the previous quarter.

The ICT Sector Quarterly Statistics Report for the Second Quarter of the Financial Year 2016/2017 provides an overview of the ICT sector performance and development trends in the following service categories: Download: CA Sector Statistics Report for Qtr2 of FY 2016-17

  • Mobile Telephony Service
  • Fixed Telephony Service
  • Internet/Data Service
  • Registered Domains
  • Broadcasting Service
  • Postal and Courier Service and;
  •  Tariffs, Promotions and Special Offers

As at the end of Q2 of FY 2016/17, the number of mobile subscriptions experienced a nominal growth of 1.0 per cent to reach 38.9 million up from 38.5 million registered during the previous quarter. Subsequently, mobile penetration level recorded a growth of 0.9 per centage points to stand at 88.2 per cent during the quarter up from 87.3 per cent posted during the previous quarter.

The 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.

The total number of mobile money subscriptions was recorded at 31.9 million subscriptions while mobile money agents were recorded at 161,583 during the quarter under review. The volume of transactions made was recorded at 456.6 million with over Ksh.1 trillion being transferred among users. During the quarter mobile commerce posted a total of 262.6 million transactions valued at Ksh. 586.4 million. Person to person transfers made during the quarter amounted to Ksh. 515.9 billion.

Mobile number portability registered a decline in the number of in-ports to stand at 153 down from 404 in-ports recorded during the last quarter.

Total traffic originating from one mobile network to another recorded a growth of 0.9 per cent during the quarter under review to stand at 10.8 billion minutes up from 10.7 billion minutes posted during the previous quarter. On the contrary, the minutes of use per month per subscription slightly fell to register 92.7 minutes during the quarter down from last quarter’s 92.8 minutes.

The number of Outgoing SMS traffic recorded a remarkable growth of 29.1 per cent during the quarter to reach 15.8 billion messages up from 12.2 billion messages sent during the preceding quarter. The overall increase in the number of SMS sent could be attributed to increased activities during the quarter under review.

During the quarter under review, 36.8 million minutes of total roaming-out voice traffic volume was registered with roaming within EAC countries contributing 32.1 million minutes, while non- EAC countries contributed 4.6 million minutes. Roaming-in voice traffic recorded a total of 30.5 million minutes with in- roamers from EAC countries contributing 25.2 million minutes whereas for non EAC posted 5.2 million minutes.

International Incoming mobile voice traffic posted 147.1 million minutes up from 132.0 million minutes registered in the preceding quarter representing an increase of 11.5 per cent during the quarter under review. Traffic received from EAC countries contributed 44.5 million minutes. Conversely, International outgoing mobile traffic was recorded at 116.7 million minutes during the period under review down from 117.5 million minutes posted in the previous quarter representing a decline of 0.7 per cent.

The volume of International Incoming mobile SMS has continued on a downward trajectory  with the quarter under review recording a drop of 4.2 per cent to stand at 9.2 million messages down from 9.6 million messages recorded in the previous quarter. Similarly, International outgoing messages fell by 16.7 per cent to post 9.0 million messages during the quarter.

The fixed telephone market has continued to record a downward trend recording 72,801 subscriptions during the quarter under review down from 80,288 subscriptions posted in the previous period, representing a 9.3 per cent drop. Fixed terrestrial lines declined to post 72,427 subscriptions down from 79,918 connections recorded in the previous quarter. On the hand, fixed wireless experienced a slight increase during the quarter to stand at 374 subscriptions.

The Internet/data segment subscriptions numbers recorded a growth of 3.9 per cent to reach 26.6 million subscriptions up from 25.6 million subscriptions posted during the last quarter. Mobile data subscriptions rose by 3.9 per cent and continued to account for the majority of the subscriptions standing at 26.5 million subscriptions.  Terrestrial wireless data subscriptions grew by 87.7 per cent to post 29,724 subscriptions. Fixed fibre optic and fixed cable modem subscriptions grew by 8.3 and 2.8 per cent respectively. Consequently, the number of estimated internet users recorded a growth of 4.3 per cent to stand at 39.6 million users compared to 37.7 million users recorded during the preceding quarter. Internet penetration stood at 89.7 per cent up from 85.3 per cent during the previous quarter.

The number of broadband subscriptions continues to demonstrate an upward trend with the period under review recording at 12.7 million subscriptions up from 11.9 million subscriptions registered during the preceding quarter. Subsequently, broadband penetration level stood at 28.7 per cent during the quarter under review.

During the period under review, the international Internet bandwidth available in the country (Equipped/Lit) remained unchanged at 2.0 million Mbps. In terms of the Used capacity, there was a growth of 2.5 per cent during the quarter to stand at 860,300 Mbps up from last quarter’s 839,300 Mbps. The used capacity represented 42.4 per cent of the total available bandwidth in the country.

In broadcasting sub sector, the number of free to-air TV channels on the digital terrestrial platform at the end of the period under review stood at 66 while number of pay TV service providers on the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) remained at 2: GoTV and StarTimes. The digital broadcasting signal covers 66 per cent of the Kenyan population

In the postal and courier segment, the volume of letters posted experienced a drop of 7.7 per cent to register 15.8 million letters while the number of parcels sent grew by 26.8 per cent to post 1.6 million items during the period under review. The volume of letters received grew by 8.9 per cent to stand at 2.2 million up from 2.1 million witnessed in the previous quarter. On the other hand, international outgoing letters declined during the quarter to stand at 1.9 million letters.

During the quarter under review, a total of 31 applications for promotions, special offers and tariffs received from telecommunication service providers which were then reviewed and approved by the Authority.

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