Equitel, mobile penetration record growth in new CA report

August 4, 2015
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Statistics by Communications Authority of Kenya reveal that Equitel garnered on-net traffic of 2.3 million minutes between January and March 2015 while traffic to other mobile networks stood at 17.2 million/FILE
Statistics by Communications Authority of Kenya reveal that Equitel garnered on-net traffic of 2.3 million minutes between January and March 2015 while traffic to other mobile networks stood at 17.2 million/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 4 – Equitel has registered a total of 665,661 mobile subscribers marking a 1.9 percent share of the total mobile subscriptions.

Statistics by Communications Authority of Kenya reveal that Equitel garnered on-net traffic of 2.3 million minutes between January and March 2015 while traffic to other mobile networks stood at 17.2 million.

“The entry of Mobile Virtual Network Operators in the mobile telephony subsector has and will continue to stir competition and growth in the sector,” the Communication Authority report explains.

Mobile phone subscriptions recorded expansion with a 3.6 percent growth to reach 34.8 million up from 33.6 million recorded during the last quarter. Additionally, new subscriptions registered during the quarter stood at 1.1 million from 863,803 recording a 34.5 percent growth.

The report goes on to state that pre-paid subscriptions stood at 33.8 million up from 32.7 million representing a 3.3 percent growth from last quarter’s. Growth was also recorded in post-paid subscriptions with a 9.7 growth from 854,283 to 937,043.

“Mobile penetration also expanded by 2.9 percentage points to reach 85.5 percent up from 82.6 percent attained during the preceding quarter,” the CA report says.

Mobile money transfer subscribers have not been left behind as far as growth is concerned.

According to the report, the number of mobile money transfer subscribers increased by 3.0 percent to reach 26.7 million up from 26 million recorded during the last quarter.

The number of mobile money transfer agents rose from 121,924 to 126,622 during the period.

Data subscription also recorded growth during the period marking a 14.3 percent growth from 16.3 million to 18.8 million. Additionally, internet users rose to 29.1 million up from 26.1 million.

This growth of data subscriptions raised the population with access to internet to 71.7 percent up from 64.1 percent during the last quarter.

“The growth in data and internet subscriptions pushed the demand for bandwidth further with the quarter under review registering an increase in both international available capacity and the used capacity in the country.”

Decline was however noted in some areas for instance fixed network traffic which went down by 11.2 percent to 22.3 million minutes from 25.1 million minutes realized during the last quarter.

On the other hand, the number of postal and courier outlets remained stagnant during the quarter to stand at 622 and 788 respectively.

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