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Number of mobile subscribers dips slightly in the quarter ending March 2013
The number of mobile subscribers in the country dipped from 30.7 million to
29.8 million between January and March this year.
According to the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) quarterly Sector
Statistics Report for January to March 2013, the decline was mainly attributed
to the de-activation of 2.4million unregistered SIM cards during the quarter.
The decrease in mobile subscription resulted in a decline in mobile penetration
from 78% in the previous quarter to 75.8% in the period under review.
Similarly, the total mobile traffic declined by 1.2 per cent to stand at
7.2billion minutes down from 7.3billion recorded in the previous quarter.
Uptake of mobile money expanded with subscriptions increasing by 10.1 per cent
to reach 23.2million. This growth is attributed to the convenience as well as
the value-added services of facilitating payments for goods and services. The
number of mobile money transfer agents rose to 74,216 up from 62,300 reported
in the previous quarter creating at least 11,916 additional direct jobs in
mobile money transfer service during the third quarter.
During the same period, the internet/data market grew to reach 9.6million
subscriptions. Mobile data/internet subscriptions continued to dominate the
market contributing 99% of the total subscriptions. During the quarter, the
number of active registered domain names increased by 3.1% to reach 25,764 from
24,983 recorded in the previous quarter.
Broadband subscriptions grew by 17.5% to reach 1.17million while international
internet bandwidth available in the country increased to 921,319 Mbps. The
implementation of the National Broadband Strategy launched recently is expected
to accelerate the uptake of broadband in the country.
CCK continued to ensure plurality and diversity in the broadcasting industry by
issuing temporary authorisation to 10 new TV stations to provide content on the
digital platform, bringing the total number of entities issued with temporary
authorisation to 84. The total number of FM radio stations stood at 102 while
that of existing analogue TV channels which had activated their TV signal on
the digital broadcasting platform stood at 13 at end of the third quarter.
In the postal and courier industry, eight courier operators were licensed
during the quarter but the number of postal outlets declined by 1.9% to reach
622 outlets from 634 in the previous quarter.
For more details, see the full sector quarterly report at
Manager - Communications
Consumer and Public Affairs Department
Communications Commission of Kenya
P.O. Box 14448 NAIROBI 00800
Tel: +254 20 4242209
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