Recent Study: Kenya Telecommunications Report Q1 2015

From: Fast Market Research, Inc.
Published: Thu Jan 08 2015

Fibre-optic network infrastructure deployments will enable Kenyan telecoms service providers take advantage of the growing demand for enterprise data solutions and convergence services. These services have the potential to sustain fixed-line growth and offer hard-pressed operators the opportunity to diversify their revenue streams away traditional voice services.

Key Data

* Kenya's mobile market grew by 1.3% quarter-on-quarter (q-o-q) in Q314, compared with a growth of 2.3% q-o-q during the same period in 2013.
* Mobile ARPU appreciation continued in 2014, with Safaricom recording a 5.5% year-on-year (y-o-y) increase in mobile ARPU in the 12 months to September 2014.
* The rate of contraction in the fixed-line sector eased in H114, with number of active lines decreasing by just 3% q-o-q.
* The number of internet users in Kenya increased by 25% in the 12 months to June 2014.

Risk/Reward Ratings

Kenya is ranked 10th on BMI's Q314 Sub-Saharan Africa telecoms Risk/Reward Index (RRR), unchanged from the previous quarter, although the country's aggregate score rose to 47.4 from 46.9 in the previous quarter. Kenya scores above average in all the four categories on our ratings table. The industry rewards score is sustained by ARPU, while the launch of a more powerful telecoms regulator, the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK), reflects the industry risks score of 70. Kenya's mobile telecoms market is one of the most dynamic in the region, but it is held back by low ARPUs in the mobile sector and limited network coverage in the fixed-line sector. The country already has one of Africa's most sophisticated economies and we forecast that rising incomes will see increased demand for the goods and services related to the rise of middle class consumers.

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K ey Trends And Developments

Acces sKenya completed the roll-out of its metropolitan fibre network in selected locations in Nairobi and surrounding towns in November 2014. The project, which has...

The Kenya Telecommunications Report features Business Monitor International (BMI)'s independent industry forecasts on the future strength of Kenya's ICT market, covering the fixed-line, mobile and internet segments and analyses latest regulatory developments and corporate news, including investment activity, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships. Leading operators and manufacturers are fully profiled, highlighting their quarterly financial performance, capital expenditure plans and latest contracts.

BMI's Kenya Telecommunications Report provides industry professionals and researchers, operators, equipment suppliers and vendors, corporate and financial services analysts and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the telecoms industry in Kenya.

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