NAIROBI. — Kenyy’s mobile subscriber base increased by more than 2 percent to 30,5 million in the fourth quarter of the year, according to statistics from the Communications Commission of Kenya has released.
The regulatory authority attributed the growth in mobile penetration to registration of new subscribers and re-subscription by former subscribers whose mobile phones were switched off during the registration campaign.
According to CCK, the country, which has a population estimated at 44 million, registered an increase in the mobile money transfer subscriptions from 23,2 million in the last quarter to 24,8 in the current quarter, which translates to a 6,8 percent growth.
A comparison in mobile money transfer between the Financial Year 2012/13 and 2011/12 indicates a 27,3 increase overall.
The report registered an increase in the number of mobile money transfer agents from 74 216 in the previous quarter to 88 466 in the current quarter under review which represents 19,2 percent growth.
“The expansion of the agency network can be attributed to the continued uptake and popularity of the service as well as operators’ initiatives towards enhancing accessibility to financial services and increasing financial inclusion to the unbanked,” stated CCK.
The internet/data market also registered growth from 9,6 subscriptions million in the previous quarter to 12,4 million in the current quarter, which translates to 28,4 percent growth.
The report attributed the steady growth to the numerous promotions and offers on internet by mobile operators. Mobile internet subscription dominated the internet/data market with 99 percent contribution.
Broadband subscriptions on the other hand grew by 36,9 percent from the previous quarter to hit 1,39 million. The CCK report indicated international internet bandwidth in the country grew from 818 119Mbps in the previous quarter to register 862 850 Mbps in the quarter under review. That’s a 5,5 percent growth. Meanwhile, the quarterly report indicated a 1,1 percent decline. – CAJ News.