Kenya: Kenya’s mobile phone subscriber base rises by 2.8% to 40.2 mln in Q4 to 30 June

Kenya: Kenya’s mobile phone subscriber base rises by 2.8% to 40.2 mln in Q4 to 30 June

The number of mobile subscriptions rose by 2.8 percent to 40.2 million in the fourth quarter to 30 June from 39.1 million in the third quarter, according to the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA). There were 1.1 million new mobile subscriptions during the quarter, up from 163,876 net additions in the third quarter. The mobile penetration rate rose by 2.5 percentage points to 88.7 percent from 86.2 percent in the previous quarter.

Safaricom increased its market share by 0.7 percentage points to 72.6 percent from 71.9 percent the quarter before. Finserve Africa’s share rose to 4.6 percent from 4.4 percent in the third quarter. Airtel Kenya registered a decline of 1.0 percentage points to 15.3 percent from 16.3 percent. Telkom Kenya, Mobile Pay and Sema Mobile Services’ market shares remained unchanged at 7.2 percent, 0.2 percent and 0.0 percent respectively.

The total number of mobile subscriptions recorded by Safaricom during the quarter was 29.2 million, an increase of 3.9 percent from 28.1 million in the previous period. The number of pre-paid and post-paid subscriptions was registered at 28.1 million and 1.0 million respectively.

Airtel posted a total of 6.1 million subscriptions, down from 6.3 million registered during the preceding quarter. This translated to a decline of 3.4 percent during the period. Finserve Africa registered a growth of 8.0 percent to 1.8 million subscriptions from 1.7 million recorded in the preceding quarter.

Telkom Kenya total subscriptions rose by 3.4 percent to 2.89 million from last quarter’s 2.80 million. Mobile Pay reported a total of 87,786 subscriptions, up from 86,724 posted in the previous quarter. Sema Mobile Services recorded a decline to 263 subscriptions from 295 in the previous quarter.

The volume of intra-network mobile traffic grew by 3.0 percent in the fourth quarter to 9.5 billion minutes from 9.2 billion recorded in the previous quarter.  In the full year, the volume of intra-network traffic rose to 37.7 billion minutes from 36.6 billion recorded in the previous year.

The volume of off-net mobile traffic declined by 5.2 percent to 1.10 billion minutes in the fourth quarter from 1.16 billion in the preceding quarter. Mobile to fixed network traffic increased to 22.2 million minutes from 20.2 million in the previous quarter. In the full year, traffic rose to 74.5 million minutes from 67.0 million in the 2015/16 financial year.

The total inter-network local mobile voice traffic stood at 10.6 billion minutes during the fourth quarter from 10.4 billion in the third quarter, up 2.1 percent. Total traffic originating from mobile networks stood at 42.7 billion minutes during the 2016/17 financial year. This was an increase of 2.6 percent from 41.6 billion minutes in the previous fiscal year. The increase in volume of mobile voice traffic could be attributed to the growth of the number of mobile subscriptions.