The number of mobile subscribers in Kenya rose by 12.0 percent in the three months to December 2010, to 24.96 million. That's up 28 percent from the end of 2009, according to the latest statistics from the Communications Commission of Kenya. The regulator said that was the fastest quarterly growth in four quarters.
Safaricom remained market leader with 69.9 percent of subscribers, followed by Airtel with 15.2 percent. Orange Kenya led net additions in the quarter with 972,928 new subscribers, finishing with an 8.5 percent market share. Essar Telecom had a market share of 6.4 percent. Mobile networks recorded 7.45 billion minutes of local calls during the quarter, up from 6.63 billion in the previous quarter. Growth was helped by increased off-net traffic after the cut in interconnection rates in August. The CCK said the average off-net price dropped to KES 3.47 per minute from KES 5.10 in the previous quarter, while on-net calls fell to an average KES 2.67 from KES 3.92 per minute. SMS traffic fell to 665 million messages from 740 million in Q3.
The number of internet subscriptions increased to 4.7 million at the end of December 2010 from 3.2 million in the previous quarter, while the number of internet users was estimated at 10.2 million, up 18.6 percent from Q3. The number of fixed lines declined by 0.8 percent from 228,391 to 226,587, while fixed wireless lines recorded a 8.9 percent increase in the quarter to 154,161. Overall teledensity rose to 64.2 percent from 56.9 percent in September 2010, with mobile services accounting for 63.2 percent.