Fixed Data: Safaricom Leads, Zuku Drop Continues, Poa! Growing

Fixed data Internet service providers kenya

Fixed Data statistics from the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) show that Poa! Internet is sitting at the top table with the big boys. Poa Internet service has been trying to solve the puzzle of affordable internet since it entered Kenya in 2015.

Since its launch, the start-up has been successful in terms of raising funds. Last year, Poa! secured a total of $28 million in a Series C funding round. This funding brought the company’s total raised amount to $36 million.

It good to see that the strong funding has enabled Poa! to compete with big players with in the fixed data sector. With 145,014 subscribers on its network, the company has 12.3% market. Among the internet service providers in Kenya, its ranks fourth in regards to number of subscribers.

Safaricom Still Tops List of Kenyan ISPs

Safaricom took top spot as an Internet service provider (ISP) and continues to dominate the market. Today, with 427,003 fixed data subscribers the company has 36.2% market share. It is followed by Jamii Telecom Limited (JTL) of the Faiba fame. The ISP has since overtaken ZUKU (Wananchi Group LTD) to take second spot with 23.7% market share.

Currently, Zuku has 21.6% share of the Market. The ISP owned by Wananchi Group was a pioneer in the sector and held top spot up until 2020. Since, then it has seen its market share taken over by new players especially in urban areas.

Today, ZUKU has 253,966 subscribers on its network. Beleaguered Telkom Kenya (TKL) which been suffering network issues has a paltry 0.4% of the market.

Service Provider/IndicatorNo. of Data SubscribersNo. of Data Subscribers
Safaricom PLC427,00336.2
Jamii Telecom Ltd (Faiba)279,07623.7
Wanainchi (Kenya)Group Ltd253,96621.6
Poa Internet Kenya Ltd145,01412.3
Mawingu Networks Ltd21,1001.8
Dimension Data Solutions East Africa Limited15,2501.3
Liquid Telecommunications Kenya14,2141.2
Vilcom Network Limited8,3390.7
Telkom Kenya Ltd4,3820.4
Other Fixed Service providers9,8590.8
Statistics from the CA sector report Q4

Today, majority of Kenya internet customers are subscribed to data/Internet speeds between 2 Mbps and 10 Mbps. A total of 1,178,203 Kenyans have Fixed Data and Broadband Subscriptions.

Therefore, this means only 2.33% of Kenyans have fixed data subscriptions.

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