Kenyan mobile phone users up to 38 million

Thursday January 7 2016

A young woman using a mobile phone in Nakuru on July 22, 2015. FILE PHOTO | SULEIMAN MBATIAH | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By JAMES KARIUKI
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Kenya now has 37.8 million active mobile phone numbers with the Internet-cum-data market registering 21.6 million users.

The just released Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) quarterly report said prepaid tariffs continued to register the highest rate of growth, which now stands at 97.3 per cent, compared with postpaid that saw a rise to 990,000.

The report does not, however, take into account Kenyans who own more than two lines from different mobile service providers.

The CA's quarterly findings say that Kenyans accessing the Internet prompted by the urge to log onto social media sites to update their status and converse with virtual friends while on the go, continued to excite the data market.

The portion of Kenyans accessing the Internet reached 74.2 per 100 inhabitants.

Broadband subscriptions increased by 19.3 per cent to reach 6.3 million, up from 5.3 million subscriptions recorded during the previous quarter, marking a penetration level of 14.7 per cent.