Equi­tel’s growth drives mo­bile pen­e­tra­tion to 90% - CA

The Star (Kenya) - - News Business -

RICHARD MUNGAI/ Cel­lu­lar mo­bile pen­e­tra­tion in the coun­try has reached 90 per cent, the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Au­thor­ity has said. The growth was driven by Eq­uity Bank’s Fin­serve Africa, which op­er­ates Equi­tel that was li­cenced by the CA in 2014, along­side two other Mo­bile Vir­tual Net­work Op­er­a­tors - Mo­bile Pay and Zion­cell Kenya.

Ac­cord­ing to CA, the li­cens­ing of MVNOs has also proved crit­i­cal in reignit­ing the growth of mo­bile voice traf­fic, which had al­most stalled.

CA said the pe­riod be­tween April and June, which marked the fourth quar­ter of the fi­nan­cial year 2015/2016, recorded a 3.7 per cent growth in mo­bile sub­scrip­tions to 39.7 mil­lion up from 38.3 mil­lion sub­scrip­tions reg­is­tered in the pre­vi­ous quar­ter.

Equi­tel recorded the high­est sub­scrip­tions, which in­creased by 19.7 per cent from 1.68 mil­lion in March to 2.01 mil­lion in June.

Sa­fari­com’s sub­scrip­tions in­creased by 3.1 per cent from 25.16 mil­lion to 25.94 mil­lion while Orange, which is owned by Telkom Kenya, reg­is­tered a growth of 8.9 per cent from 4.81 mil­lion to 5.23 mil­lion.

How­ever, Air­tel recorded a two per cent drop in sub­scrip­tions from 6.72 mil­lion in March to 6.58 mil­lion in June.

“The mo­bile pen­e­tra­tion in­creased to 90 per cent from 89.2 per cent recorded in the last quar­ter. There were 1.4 mil­lion new mo­bile sub­scrip­tions dur­ing the quar­ter un­der re­view com­pared to 660, 867 net ad­di­tions reg­is­tered in the pre­vi­ous quar­ter,” CA said in the fourth quar­ter sec­tor sta­tis­tics re­port.

“When com­pared to the same pe­riod of the pre­vi­ous fi­nan­cial year, this was a growth of 9.9 per cent.”

Dur­ing the quar­ter un­der re­view, the vol­ume of in­tra-net­work mo­bile voice min­utes grew marginally by 0.3 per cent to stand at 9.04 bil­lion min­utes.

Like­wise the num­ber of to­tal traf­fic orig­i­nat­ing from mo­bile net­works dur­ing the 2015-16 fi­nan­cial year grew by 22.5 per cent to 41.6 bil­lion min­utes up from 34 bil­lion min­utes posted in the pre­vi­ous fi­nan­cial year.

“This could be at­trib­uted to in­creased num­ber of mo­bile sub­scrip­tions as the MVNOs con­tinue to in­crease their stake in mar­ket share,” CA said.

CA di­rec­tor gen­eral Fran­cis Wan­gusi

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