Kenya feted for complying with global standards

By Nicholas Nduati

Efforts to develop a comprehensive National Addressing System that entails the naming and numbering of properties and roads in the country have seen Kenya feted for compliance with globally recognized postal addressing standards.

The National Addressing System is key in stimulating e-commerce in the country and facilitating home delivery of postal items, emergency response, navigation, and revenue collection.

Kenya’s adherence to globally recognized postal addressing standards is believed will help improve all aspects of mail processing in the country by ensuring that a more standardized and universally recognized address format is used for international mailing.

Already, Kenya has established a multi-stakeholder national steering committee spearheaded by the communication authority that is driving the implementation of the National Addressing System.

The Committee is currently drafting national standards and guidelines on naming and numbering standards, legal and data management frameworks for use by national and county governments.

And if latest statistics from Communications Authority (CA) is anything to go by, the volume of letters posted experienced a drop of 7.7 percent to 15.8 million letters though the number of parcels sent rose 26.8 percent to 1.6 million items during the last three months of last year.

Safaricom’s market share rose 2.2 percent to 71.2 percent, followed by Airtel Kenya with 17.6 percent of the market and Orange third having lost 0.2 percent if its market share to now stand at 7.4 percent.

A revision of data by Finserve Africa who operate equity bank’s equitel services saw it lose 2.1 percent of its market share to now stand at 3.8 percent.

In matters mobile money transfer, Equitel Kenya is still keeping tabs with Mpesa recording 19.1 percent of the transactions compared to Mpesa’s 78.1 percent and Airtel Kenya’s record of 2 percent of transactions.

More Kenyans are preferring to text with the number of SMSs sent during the quarter increasing 29.1 percent to 15.8 billion messages.

With regards to internet growth, mobile broadband subscriptions continue to dominate accounting for 99 percent of the total broadband subscriptions.

Digital Terrestrial Television signal coverage expanded marginally to now stand at 66 percent of the country with areas such as Marsabit, Wajir and Lodwar now covered.


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