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Internet subscription down by 3.6 percent

Internet subscriptions slightly declined by 3.6 per cent as compared to the last quarter, latest report by the communications authority shows.

The third quarter sector statistics report for the financial year 2016-2017 dated January to March 2017, noted that the subscription dropped to 25.7 million subscriptions from last quarter’s 26.6 million subscriptions.

The authority attributed the decrease to the revision of data by Finserve Kenya during the quarter.

However, Internet user’s population increased by 2.3 per cent with estimated users increasing to 40.5 million people up from 39.6 million.

On the other hand, the number of data subscriptions grew by 3.4 per cent when compared to the same period of the previous year.

Mobile data and internet subscriptions accounted for 21.5 million accounting or 99 per cent of the total internet subscriptions during the quarter under review.

With regards to the market share for mobile data/Internet subscriptions; Safaricom Limited had the highest market share standing at 74.9 per cent followed by Airtel at 18.1 per cent during the quarter.

Telkom Kenya and Finserve Africa Limited market shares were recorded at 6.0 per cent and 0.7 per cent respectively.

Mobile Pay registered a market share of 0.3 per cent while Sema Mobile Service had its market share at 0.0 per cent.

Released last month, the ICT facts and figures also recorded a 20 per cent rise in mobile broadband subscriptions in the last five years, which it estimates will hit 4.3 billion globally by the end of 2017.

This is attributed to a drop in global mobile broadband prices as a percentage of gross national income per capita between 2013 and 2016.

Terrestrial wireless data subscriptions rose during the quarter under review to post 36,104 subscriptions from 29,724 subscriptions recorded during the previous quarter marking a growth of 21.5 per cent.

Similarly, Satellite subscriptions increased by 6.5 per cent to stand at 622 subscriptions from 584 subscriptions recorded during the previous quarter.

Fixed fibre optic subscriptions grew by 22.4 per cent to post 48,040 subscriptions up from last quarter’s 39,255 subscriptions.

Fixed cable modem subscriptions recorded an increase of 11.4 per cent to post 95,976 subscriptions up from 86,139 recorded in the previous quarter.

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