Without internet people will die! Well, mentally not physically. The data market in the country has continued to register growth following the increased use of data/internet enabled mobile devices and the increased connection of last mile fibre optic network. Statistics registered an increase of 5.9 per cent in internet/data subscriptions to stand at 19.9 million. Consequently, the number of internet/data users grew by a similar margin to stand at 29.6 million according to the data released by The Communications Authority of Kenya. The number of internet/data subscriptions and users has grown by 42.0 and 32.9 per cent respectively when compared to the same period of the previous year. An increase in internet/data services in Kenya is a sign that the country is growing.
Mobile data/internet subscriptions contribute 99 per cent of the total subscriptions with the quarter under review registering 19.8 million subscriptions. This number has grown by 42.2 percent since the same period of the previous year.
Terrestrial wireless data subscriptions increased during the quarter under review to register 17,721 subscriptions up from 16,148 subscriptions recorded during the last quarter marking an increase of 9.7 percent. This number has increased by 3.2 per cent from June 2014. Satellite subscriptions on the other hand dropped by 24.0 per cent to register 635 subscriptions from 836 subscriptions registered last quarter.
The number of fixed DSL data/internet subscriptions declined significantly by 82.3 per cent to stand at 2,597 down from 14,685 subscriptions reported in the previous quarter and 12,129 subscriptions reported during the same period of the previous year. This decline could have been as a result of shutdown of ADSL (Copper) network and subsequent replacement with fibre by Telkom Kenya Limited earlier in the quarter.
The growth in fibre optic subscriptions has remained steady over the period with the quarter under review registering 93,598 subscriptions up from 87,838 subscriptions recorded during the last quarter representing a 6.5 percent an increase. In relation to the same period of the previous year, 34.9 per cent growth was attained.
Internet/data penetration in the country was recorded at 69.0 per cent down from 71.7 per cent recorded during the previous quarter recorded by CAK. The decrease in data/internet penetration was as a result of revision of the base population figure used in the computation of penetration from 40.7 million to 43.0 million as per the Economic Survey 2015. Internet connection has enhanced connectivity around the country hence making work easier. Mobile operators are working hard to provide the best services in data subscriptions which has grown by a high margin. Internet/data services in Kenya needs to be channeled in every corner of the country.