Kenya’s mobile penetration rises in Q3, says report
Increased access to mobile network signals and exciting products offered by telcom operators continue to drive consumers to own more than one SIM card to take advantage of the diverse services pushing mobile penetration to 112 percent, a report by Communications Authority of Kenya shows.
The Sector Statistics Report covering July-September 2019 shows mobile subscriptions are on the upward trajectory, standing at 53.2 million. Data shows that 2G and 3G networks cover about 96 and 93 percent of the population respectively.
In recent years, the regulator has also continued to put in place interventions to enhance access to communication services in various parts of the country including enforcement of operator’s licence obligations as well as licensing of additional frequencies that support mobile services.
According to the findings, the enhanced promotions and special on-voice offered by the telcom sector also pushed the local voice traffic originating from mobile networks between July to September to 17.8 billion from 16.2 billion minutes registered during the previous quarter.
Additionally, significant traffic emanated from roaming within the East African Community especially from countries within the One Network Area regime that are enjoying relatively low calling rates, with the bulk originating from Uganda, South Sudan and Rwanda.
The analysis shows that during the period under review, the number of active mobile money subscriptions and agents stood at 31.2 million and 235,168 respectively.