Kenya mobile subs grew by 12% in 2015

8 Apr 2016

According to the Communications Authority of Kenya, the East African nation ended 2015 with a total of 37.716 million mobile subscribers, an increase of 12.1% from 33.633 million twelve months earlier. Safaricom accounted for the majority of total wireless customers (24.409 million, giving it a market share of 64.7%), followed by Airtel Kenya with 7.237 million and Telkom Kenya (Orange) with 4.663 million wireless users at end-December 2015. The market’s only MVNO, Finserve Africa (Equitel), had signed up a total of 1.407 million customers by the end of 2015, up by an impressive 29.6% quarter-on-quarter. Finserve Africa, a subsidiary of regional bank Equity Group, was awarded one of three MVNO licences by the regulator in April 2014 and launched services the following October. Mobile data subscriptions rose from 16.339 million at the end of 2014 to 23.795 million twelve months later, with growth attributed to the increased affordability of internet bundles offered by service providers, arising from increasing competition. Safaricom accounted for 63.0% of total mobile data subscriptions, followed by Airtel with 18.0%, Orange with 14.0% and newcomer Finserve Africa (Equitel) with 5.0%.

As of 31 December 2015 the Communications Authority of Kenya reported 111,354 fibre-optic broadband subscribers (up from 81,243 twelve months previously), 19,507 fixed-wireless data customers (17,537), 3,732 xDSL connections (down from 14,512 at end-2014) and 489 satellite broadband users (712). Kenya ended the period under review with a total of 85,496 fixed telephony lines in service, a decrease of 52.5% from 179,990 at the end of 2014.