Kenya registers drop in Internet subscribers

January 17, 2014
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, Safaricom had the largest gain of new subscribers at 89.7 percent, with Essar losing subscriber market share to Airtel.

Voice traffic market share by Safaricom decreased slightly to 79.1 percent from 80.2 percent in the previous quarter while Airtel increased to 10.7 percent from 10.4 percent.

Essar also rose to 8.3 percent from 8.0 percent while Orange notched higher to 1.9 percent from 1.4 percent.

Commenting on the report, Standard Investment Bank Research department however says the quarterly Internet figures are not a reflection of Internet data trends.

“We see the current restated numbers as a truer reflection of the penetration rate which will continue to grow,” the department commented.

According to the report, the number of licensed FM radio stations and analogue TV stations during the quarter was 103 and 14 respectively. With the impending analogue switch off, 25 channels had already been activated on the digital platform.

Although the postal/courier sector continued declining, the emergence of new industries such as e-commerce are likely to spur positive growth in the sector mainly through provision of last mile delivery of online purchases.

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