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Kenya: ICT sector set to grow by 15 percent

May 13, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories

(Image Source: mygov.go.ke)

(Image Source: mygov.go.ke)

According to a media statement revealed by capitalfm.co.ke, the Information Communication and Technology (ICT) sector is projected to grow beyond 15 percent by the end of 2015, up from last year’s 13.4 percent. To add to the prediction, the sector is projected to approach the 20 percent growth mark by end of 2017.

the reveal was made by Cabinet Secretary Ministry of ICT, Fred Matiang’i, during the official opening of ICT week. An event that provides the opportunity for the industry and the regulator to engage on issues affecting the ICT sector and chart pathways for moving the sector forward.

Matiang’i attributed the growth to the government’s investment in key ICT projects, the development of ICT infrastructure across the country and the enhancement of favourable policy frameworks that facilitate private sector partnerships as main drivers.

Statistics submitted by Communication Authority of Kenya also indicate that the number of mobile phone subscription is growing.

According to Matiang’i, there were 33.6 million mobile subscriptions at the end of 2014 which was up from 31.3 million recorded the previous year. The number is expected to grow further this year to about 35 million mobile phone subscriptions.

“This growth is evidence that the government’s policies for the sector are working. Investors in the sector have experienced phenomenal growth as witnessed last week by the equally phenomenal results announced by the country’s largest mobile network operator, Safaricom,” he stated.

Recent implementation of digital migration and the deployment of 4G LTE in some parts of the country were also noted as key milestones of the sector.

According to the report, the growth in the ICT sector has also been noticed by other international key bodies. In February, Intelligent Community Forum named Nairobi as the smartest city in Africa, for its conscious steps towards creating an economy that can prosper solely on broadband.

“I urge Communications Authority of Kenya to intensify its restructuring efforts, strengthen itself institutionally, and ensure that quality of service is offered by all licensees. The sector ultimately is about the people of Kenya and every effort should be made to ensure that the consumers get value for every penny they spend on ICT services,” he emphasized.

Matiang’i also announced the government’s plan to move over 60 percent of public sector services onto the digital platform, saying that the move will enhance efficiency, transparency and accountability.

Darryl Linington


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