This article will evaluate the state of mobile penetration and uptake in Kenya, drawing from several data sources that examine mobile penetration, mobile internet usage, and mobile money. However, using a combination of sources, we can approximate how prevalent mobile phones are in the market and how much mobile penetration is expected to grow over the coming years. In addition to the penetration of basic mobile services such as voice calls and SMS, it is essential to look at internet and smartphone penetration. For a country that relies so heavily on the mobile phone, it is not surprising that internet access skews towards mobile internet in Kenya. The growth in mobile internet use in Kenya correlates with a rise in smartphone usage, driven by the emergence of cheaper smartphones and a relatively young population actively looking for information and connection online. This prevalence of smartphones has gradually made Kenya a favorite launchpad for several mobile-based services, including mobile money, targeting the region.
Internet penetration in Kenya grows to remain its technological centre status
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Although access gaps remain and high-speed internet availability is largely constrained to major urban centres, the combined efforts of the public and private sector should see Kenya meet its ICT goals by It regulates the information and communication sectors, and oversees the Department of Information Services and the Department of Public Communications. The authority is responsible for spectrum allocation and enabling development of new 3G and 4G LTE networks, which are driving internet growth in the country. The authority is also tasked with rationalising and streamlining all government ICT institutions. Although the ICT sector grew 4. The plan aimed to provide quality broadband services to all Kenyan citizens by More specifically, the government aimed to achieve broadband speeds of 40 Mbps in urban areas by , rising to 2 Gbps by , and rural broadband speeds of 5 Mbps by , increasing to Mbps by
Individuals using the Internet (% of population) - Kenya
Kenya recorded the highest internet penetration rate in Africa in the year The regulator attributes this growth to the internet connectivity demand necessitated by the ongoing Covid pandemic, which forced many Kenyans to work and undertake studies from home. The uptake of internet usage in Kenya, CA reports, is expected to continue "evolving rapidly" with increasing innovation in tech, availability of more affordable smartphones in the market and enhanced connectivity 3G, 4G in the country. The uptake of mobile services is expected to rise with the presence of affordable smartphones in the country," the telecommunications industry regulator said. The IWS ranking shows Libya had the second highest internet penetration in with