Mobile phones: It is 5.5 million households not mobile phone subscribers

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Confused by the 5.5 million census number on the mobile phones? Here are the facts:

Household ownership of Mobile phones..5,538,689 which is 63% of Kenyan total households. At the same time  105,367 households own landlines. The landlines figure translates to  1.2% of Kenyan total households.

That figure does not refer to the number of phones or subscribers in the country. It is the number of households where at least someone has a phone. The unmber of phones in one house might be as many as 10. And as you can see it is 63% of the total Kenyan households which is in line with recent stats by cck whereby the mobile subscribers passed 50% mark of the population. The estimation by cck then was probably based on the thinking that we are 40 million but now we know the exact figure ( 38,610,097)

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Kennedy Kachwanya
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Kennedy Kachwanya is a technology blogger interested in mobile phones both smart and dumb, mobile apps, mobile money, social media, startups ecosystem and digital Savannah. New media must not forget the strength of old tech.
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