Kenya’s internet users reach 16.2 million

Internet usage in Kenya is rising fast, accelerated by international mobile bandwidth growth. The number of Internet users in Kenya grew by 11.6  percent growth from the end of September to the end of December , 2012, from 14.5 million 16.2 million users.

According to new data from the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK), internet penetration in the country rose by 4.3 percent to 41.1 percent over the same period. The number of Internet subscribers increased by 75.1 percent in the quarter compared to the same period in 2011. The report indicated that mobile data/Internet continued to dominate the market contributing 99 percent of the total internet/data subscriptions in the country.

The report attributes the growth in the Internet/data market segment to international Internet connectivity bandwidth that has continued to spiral upwards.

The number of broadband subscribers declined slightly from the previous period, mainly due to a reduction in the number of fixed terrestrial broadband subscribers.



Daniel Cheseret
About the Author: Daniel Cheseret
Few developers in Kenya would consider applying for a data journalism fellowship but not Daniel Cheseret. Having realized that the growing importance of data journalism has created new career opportunities in the newsroom, he applied for Internews Data and Health Journalism Fellowship. I will learn more about producing infographics, data mining and creating news applications,” says the software, developer and webmaster. Among his achievements is developing a news management software for Citizen TV. While working with Royal Media Services, the company that owns Citizen TV, he developed over 10 websites for the group. After five years he left to start a consultancy firm.
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