Kenya’s mobile phone penetration among highest

Written By: O'Brien Kimani

Nine out of ten Kenyans have a mobile phone, making Kenya’s mobile phone penetration one of the highest in the world.

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The latest market report by the Communications Authority says between January to April this year, Kenyans used more than 11 billion minutes making phone calls and sent 14 billion text messages.

Kenya has evolved fast to become a mobile nation.

From sending money from their palm tops to making calls on the move, the country has one of the highest mobile phone penetration levels in the world.

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In the quarter January to March this year, more than 44 million Kenyans were mobile subscribers out of a population of 46 million people.

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In the three months to March this year, the 44 million Kenyans spent 11 billion minutes making phone calls, which is equivalent to more than 21,000 years.

In the same quarter 14 billion SMSs were sent, which is a drop from the 17 billion sent last year.

The drop is attributed to the rise in the use of over the top (OTT) services such as Facebook, Whatsapp, Snapchat, and Twitter.

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Safaricom maintains a strong grip of the market with a market share of 67.0 percent in mobile subscriptions.

However this is a decline of 2.1 percentage points recorded during the previous quarter.

Airtel gained 2.5 percentage points to record a market share of 19.7 percent during the reporting period.

Telkom Kenya lost by 0.4 percentage points to register a market share of 8.6 percent while Equitel lost by 0.1 percentage points to post a market share of 4.4 percent.

The number of active mobile money transfer subscriptions declined by 3.0 percent to stand at 29.1 million from 30 million subscriptions reported last quarter.

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A total of 664 billion mobile money transfer transactions were recorded valued at Ksh 1.8 trillion.

Mobile commerce transactions were recorded at 474.5 billion and were valued at Ksh 1.29 trillion during the reporting period.

During the quarter, 10 million cyber threats were detected by the national cyber crime center.

The highest number of cyber threats targeted file sharing, web service and Voice over IP (VoIP) applications.


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