Mobile Penetration in Kenya Grows to 89.2% With 38.3 Million Mobile Subscribers

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The Communication Authority of Kenya (CAK) has released the latest (Q3 2016) statistics report for the period between January and March 2016 on the mobile telephony sector in the country. The report details among other things mobile money statistics, internet penetration as well as data on the market share of all the telecommunication service providers. It also offers insight on courier services and postal services.

Under the said period, Kenya’s mobile penetration rose to 38.3 million subscriptions from 37.7 million the previous quarter, an increase of 3.5 million. Subsequently, mobile penetration grew by 1.5 percentage points during the period under review to stand at 89.2% up from 87.7% recorded the previous quarter.

In terms of subscriber market share, Safaricom gained 0.9% market share to total 65.6% from 64.7% in the last quarter. Its total subscriptions stood at 25.1 million from 24.4 million subscribers, a 3.4% growth.

Airtel, on the other hand, lost 1.7% market share to stand at 17.5%. This was as a result of fresh SIM card regulations imposed by the regulator. This led to the disconnection of over 500, 000 of Airtel’s subscribers. Its total subscriber base stood at  6.7 million, down from 7.2 million subscribers.

Orange recorded a 0.1% increase in market share to 12.5% with 4.8 million subscribers from 4.6 million subs.

Equity Bank’s Equitel gained 0.7% market share to 4.4% with 1.6 Million subscribers.

In that period, a new operator, Sema Mobile, acquired an MVNO license and managed to net 158 subscribers. Sema Mobile services is a division of MODE – Mobile Decisioning Africa.

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