Kenya - Fixed Broadband, Digital Economy and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
Kenya's broadband market has been transformed by a combination of increased investments in network upgrades among the key providers as well as the landing of four fibre-optic submarine cables. This international connectivity ended the country's dependence on limited and expensive satellite services, while vastly increased bandwidth has led to wholesale prices tumbling to a fraction of the former rate. The development has helped make broadband services affordable for the mass market, while also providing the key backhaul network for the burgeoning mobile broadband sector.
A number of companies including AccessKenya, Kenya Data Networks and Wananchi have become second-tier telcos by rolling out national and metropolitan fibre backbones and wireless broadband access networks. The cost of this work and the lower pricing which has resulted from competition has led to some merger activity in the market.
A number of major WiMAX deployments and Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) rollouts have been undertaken, which have pushed fast broadband connectivity to a greater number of subscribers. The number of FttP connections broached 100,000 by September 2015. Most broadband subscribers are via 3G mobile networks, and increasingly via Long-term Evolution (LTE) technology. A range of services including video streaming, e-commerce, e-learning and e-government are evolving rapidly on the back of this improved infrastructure.
Government commits KES300 to its free Wi-Fi project; Vodafone Foundation launches Instant Schools for Africa initiative; government announces free Wi-Fi access plans; Kenya Power trials fibre access on its electricity network; AccessKenya completes metropolitan fibre network rollout in Nairobi and Nakuru; government starts KES17 billion school laptops project; rural internet access rollout begins using TV white space spectrum; DTTV reaches 60% population coverage; Liquid Telecom expands its FttP infrastructure, provides free Wi-Fi service to select cities; Akamai Technologies contracted to supply cloud services for the KIXP; Internet.org launches in Kenya to provide limited free internet access; further takeovers in the second-tier telco sector; international internet bandwidth continues to rise; government progresses with national broadband strategy; report update includes the regulator's market data to December 2015, operator data to Q4 2015, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report:
Telkom Kenya (Orange Kenya); Kenya Data Networks (KDN); Jamii Telecom; SimbaNet; Africa Online (Telkom); Access Kenya (Dimension Data); Wananchi Online; MTN Business Kenya (UUNet); Swift Global; Internet Solutions Kenya (InterConnect); Safaricom (IGO Wireless, OneCom); Gilat Satellite Networks; Afsat Communications; Inmarsat; Indigo Telecom (Thuraya); Nation TV (NTV); KenTV; Liquid Telecom.
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