Kenya Mobile Usage Stats by the End of March 2012

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Here is the summary of  CCK Quarterly Statistics Report covering January to March 2012

Mobile 

  • There were 29.2 million mobile subscriptions as at 31st March 2012 compared to 28.08 million as at 31st December 2011. This represents a growth of 4.0 per cent in total mobile subscriptions
  • Pre-paid subscriptions grew by 4.0 per cent to reach 28.9 million while Post-paid subscriptions grew by 7.5 per cent to post 254,194 subscribers.
  • At the end of the quarter, mobile penetration was posted as 74.0 per cent up from 71.3 per cent recorded at the close of the previous quarter.
  • Total local mobile traffic increased by 1.6 per cent from the previous quarter to record 6.8 billion minutes during the quarter under review
  • Minutes of Use (MoU) per subscriber per month was recorded at 77.7, down from 79.9 in the previous quarter representing a 2.8 per cent decline..
  • The number of SMS per subscriber per month increased by 9.3 per cent, from 10.7 SMS recorded in the previous quarter to 11.7 SMS
  • The number of fixed lines subscriptions declined from 283,546 recorded in the previous quarter to 272,101 during the period under review, representing a 4.0 per cent drop.

Internet/Data

  • The number of internet subscriptions increased by 5.5 percent, from 6.1 million recorded in the previous period to 6.4 million during the quarter under review.
  • 98.8 per cent of the total Internet/data subscriptions being from the mobile
  • Number of Internet users rose by 4.7 per cent, from 11.3 million users posted the previous period to 11.8 million users
  • Broadband subscriptions increased significantly by more than three-fold, from 131,829 subscriptions posted the previous quarter to 651,738 subscriptions during the quarter.
  • Broadband subscriptions represented 10.0 per cent of the total Internet/data subscriptions.
  • International connectivity bandwidth increased by 216.4 per cent from the previous quarter to post 167,476.9 Mbps
  • The total available bandwidth in the country was recorded as 5,361,918.5 Mbps . The total used bandwidth is still very low at 3.1 per cent utilization of the available bandwidth capacity

Market Share

  • Safaricom Limited market share by subscription declined from 66.6 per cent in the previous quarter to 65.3 per cent during the quarter under review.
  • Essar Telecom Kenya Limited gained the largest market share (0.8 percentage points),followed by Telkom Kenya Limited – Orange (0.3 percentage points) and Airtel Networks Kenya Limited (0.1 percentage points).
  • Market shares by subscription for Airtel, Telkom (Orange) and Essar stood at 15.3 per cent, 10.6 per cent and 8.7 per cent; respectively

Mobile Money

  • Cumulatively, as at 31st March 2012, there were 18.987 million mobile money transfer subscriptions from 18.981 million recorded during the previous period. This represents a marginal growth of 0.03 per cent during the quarter and 9.1 per cent growth over the same period the previous year.
  • There were 45,861 active mobile money transfer service agents compared to 47,997 recorded in the previous quarter. The decline of 4.5 per cent in the number of agents could be attributed to Airtel Networks Kenya Limited, the only operators that reported a decrease in the numbers of agents
  • The total deposits handled during the quarter grew by 4.8 per cent from KES 176.8 billion recorded during the previous period to KES 185.4 billion during the quarter.
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Kennedy Kachwanya
Lead Blogger at Kachwanya.com
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