The termination of the fixed wireless service by Telkom Kenya (Orange) resulted in a 56.3 per cent drop to 87,774 compared to 202,961 recorded in the previous quarter according to the latest sector statistics report from the Communications Authority. The fixed line subscribers have been gradually migrated to GSM services.

The mobile market continued on an upward trajectory and was recorded at 36.1 million subscriptions at the end of June up from 34.8million subscriptions in the previous quarter. Mobile penetration was recorded at 83.9 per cent down from 85.5 per cent recorded in the previous quarter. The slight decrease was as a result of the revision of population statistics in the Economic Survey 2015 from 40.7million to 43.0million.

Mobile money transfer subscriptions rose to 27.7million during the quarter from 26.7 million in the previous quarter representing a 3.5 per cent increase. Compared to the same period of the previous year, there was a 7.9 per cent growth. The number of active agents rose to 129,357 up from 126,622 recorded during the previous quarter.

Data/Internet subscriptions continued to grow by 5.9 percent to reach 19.9 million during the quarter up from 18.8 million. Consequently, the estimated number of Internet users grew to 29.6 million users from 29.1 million posted in the last quarter. Compared to the same period last year, the number of internet/data subscriptions and users has grown by 42.0 and 32.9 per cent respectively.

Broadband subscriptions grew by 6.1 percent to reach 5.32 million up from 5.01 million subscriptions reported during the last quarter. The number has more than doubled compared to 2.9 million subscriptions during the same period in the previous year. Mobile broadband subscriptions remain at 99 percent of the total broadband subscriptions. 

International Internet bandwidth in the country rose to 1,663,561 Mbps during the quarter, up from 1,668546 Mbps recorded during the last quarter. This represents a 96.9 per cent growth compared to the same period in the same year, which recorded 847,464.4 Mbps. This growth was mainly contributed by TEAMS, which upgraded its system and lit more capacity to accommodate growing demand for bandwidth. The used international Internet bandwidth grew by 0.6 per cent to reach 788,484.78 Mbps during the quarter under review.

The postal and courier sub-sector experienced growth in the volumes of letters sent and an increase in the number of courier outlets. The number of letters sent and received both locally and internationally is likely to reduce considering the increased use of mobile phones and the increasing use of social media platforms.

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