Kenya’s mobile phone subscribers now over 30 million, penetration 77%

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cck-logoAccording to the latest statistics report published by the Communications Commission of Kenya for the July to September 2012 quarter, the country’s  mobile penetration rate grew to 77.2% (from 75% in the previous quarter) on a mobile subscriber base of 30.4 million active SIM cards.

Here are other subscriber and usage stats revealed in the report, which you can download here:

  • Prepaid subscriber consist 99% of all mobile subscribers. A pattern quite normal on the continent
  • Minutes of Use (MoU) per subscriber per month increased to 76.7 from 71.2 recorded in the previous period, representing a growth of 7.7%
  • SMS messages sent in the period increased by 10.1 percent to reach 1 billion.
  • Fixed line subscriptions declined by 5.8% with a total number of 248,300, down from 262,711 subscriptions in the previous quarter.
  • Mobile data/internet subscriptions comprise 99.2%  of all total Internet/data subscriptions.
  • The number of estimated internet users rose by  10% to stand at  13.53  million users.
  • Broadband subscriptions  grew by  38.4% from 726,802 subscriptions recorded during the previous period to  1,006,071  subscriptions.
  • International internet used bandwidth for the period was 278,329 Mbps up from 264,584 Mbps recorded in the previous period. The total available bandwidth in the country was 576,186 Mbps
  • Under postal and courier sector, the number of letters sent locally increased by 5.9% to reach 17.7 million letters, up from 16.7 million letters posted the previous quarter. Compared to the same period of the previous year, there was a decline of 14.3%.

Report via: BiztechAfrica
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  1. ndozvinei says:

    “The number of estimated internet users rose by 10% to stand at 13.53 million users”

    its like the whole of zim using internet, amazing

  2. Hi TZ, how about maybe you do a country profile every week or so, especially African countries. Places like Uganda, Ghana, Tanzania, Namibia etc. I would love to know how they are doing in their telecoms sector.

    1. Thanks for the suggestion bro.

  3. angiecentra says:

    Nostalgia +254

  4. Sam Takunda says:

    I read recently that people in Kenya now value mobile phones more than they do food. 0.o

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