, NAIROBI Kenya, Apr 25 – The latest data from the Communications Commission of Kenya indicates that the fixed line is still recording growth in the market, despite the tremendous leap of mobile telephony.
According to CCK’s statistics for October to December 2012, the total number of fixed line subscribers grew marginally by 1.3 percent to 251,567 lines up from 248,300 recorded during the previous period in 2011.
The fixed line system in the country is operated by Telkom Kenya which also provides services for CDMA (Orange Wireless) as well as GSM (Orange Mobile).
“The growth in the number of subscribers has further translated in increased traffic on the fixed network as well as revenues for Telkom Kenya,” the firm revealed on Thursday.
“The total number of minutes recorded in the fixed line network grew by 20.3 percent during the period to reach 53 million minutes up from 44 million minutes recorded during the previous quarter.
The growth was driven by intra-network traffic that grew by 45.2 percent during the period also as a result of increased fixed wireless subscriptions during the period,” said Telkom Kenya in a statement, adding that the overall total fixed line traffic recorded 4.2 percent growth compared to the same period of the previous year.
According to the CCK report, the increase in the number of users was boosted by a 4.5 percent growth in the number of fixed wireless subscribers during the period to reach 185,857 even though the fixed terrestrial subscribers continued to drop recording a decline of 6.6 percent from 70,390 lines recorded during the previous period to 65,710 lines during the period under review.
The Telkom CDMA network operates on the “020” prefix and contributes about 25 per cent of the firm’s revenues while the GSM network – with about 2.5 million subscribers according to the CCK report – is responsible for the remaining 5 per cent of the firm’s overall revenues.