Kenya Mobile Infrastructure, Operators and Broadband Statistics and Analyses 2019 -

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Kenya's mobile market has continued to grow steadily, supported by a mobile subscriber base of about 47 million. Some market consolidation occurred following the acquisition by Airtel and Safaricom of Essar Telecom's yuMobile business. More significantly, in February 2019 Airtel Kenya and Telkom Kenya signed an agreement to merge their networks and operate under the Airtel-Telekom joint venture which will be 49% owned by Telekom Kenya. The merge units will provide a greater challenge to the market dominance of Safaricom.

While all network operators have invested in mobile technologies and infrastructure upgrades to support mobile data services, competition has nevertheless presented challenges to their profitability, with uneven revenue growth reported in recent years. Orange Group was the principal casualty of competition, leading it to sell its stake in Telkom Kenya. By contrast, Safaricom has seen very strong growth on the back of its popular M-PESA payment platform. This dominance encouraged the government to consider, and later dismiss, recommendations that Safaricom split off its M-PESA business from its voice and data offerings.

To encourage the development of LTE services the government has pursued an open-access approach. Disputes centered on licence fees delayed the launch of LTE services by MNOs, though they continued to invest in infrastructure and technology upgrades using trial licences.

Key Developments:

  • Telkom Kenya and Airtel Kenya sign merger agreement;
  • Another 600,000 SIM cards deactivated;
  • Safaricom launches M-PESA Global payment service;
  • Government proposes increase in m-money transfer tax;
  • Regulator introduces a new system to measure QoS parameters;
  • M-money interoperability starts;
  • Airtel Kenya pays $25 million for its 800MHz concession to provide LTE services;
  • M-Tiba mobile health payment platform launched;
  • One Network Area initiative expands to include mobile data and mobile money services;
  • Report update includes the regulator's market data to September 2018, telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2018, recent market developments.

Key Topics Covered:

1 Overview of Kenya's mobile market

1.1 General statistics

1.2 Mobile data

1.3 Mobile broadband

1.4 Forecasts - mobile subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023

2 Regulatory issues

2.1 Roaming

2.2 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)

2.3 International gateways

2.4 Spectrum

2.5 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)

2.6 Network sharing

2.7 Quality of Service (QoS)

2.8 SIM card registration

2.9 Taxes

2.10 Tariff regulation

3 Mobile infrastructure

3.1 Analogue networks

3.2 Digital networks4G (LTE)

4 Major mobile operators

4.1 Mobile market share by operator

4.2 Safaricom

4.3 Airtel Kenya (formerly Zain, Celtel, KenCell)

4.4 Essar Telecom Kenya (yuMobile, formerly Econet)

4.5 Telkom Kenya

4.6 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)

5 Mobile content and applications

5.1 Mobile money transfer, m-banking

5.2 M-medicine

6 Handsets

Companies Mentioned

  • Safaricom
  • Bharti Airtel (formerly Zain
  • Celtel)
  • Essar Telkom Kenya
  • Huawei Technologies
  • ZTE
  • Alcatel-Lucent
  • Nokia Networks
  • Mobile Pay (Tangaza Pesa)
  • Zioncell Kenya
  • Finserve Africa (Equitel)

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Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager

For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470
For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630
For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900