Kenya: Internet subscriptions down by 2.5%

Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore (Image source: UN Foundation)

A quarterly report issued by the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK), focused on the period between July to September 2013, has revealed a drop in the number of mobile data and satellite subscriptions in the country.

Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom (Image source: File)
Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom (Image source: File)

It has also been reported that Kenya experienced a decline of 2,5% in the estimated number of internet users – from 19,6 million to 19,1 million writes CIO East Africa.

However, the numbers are still up from the same period in 2012 and believed to have increased by 31.7%.

Mobile operators are said to have had mixed fortunes in terms of market share. Safaricom lost 2,4%, while Airtel, Telkom Kenya and Essar had gains of 1,4%, 0,9% and 0,2% respectively.

According to CIO, “another drop recorded was the population that had internet over the same period from 49.7 percent to 47.1 percent triggered by the decrease in internet subscriptions and the consequent reduction in internet usage.”

Broadband subscriptions dropped by 0.1%.

Chris Tredger