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Kenya - Internet and Broadband Market - Overview, Statistics and Forecasts

  • May 2014
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 27 pages

The landing of four fibre-optic international submarine cables in Kenya, ending its dependency on limited and expensive satellite bandwidth, has revolutionised the country's internet and broadband sector. Kenyas international internet bandwidth increased more than fifty-fold and wholesale prices have fallen by more than 90%, finally taking the internet to the mass market.
Companies that started out as ISPs such as AccessKenya, Kenya Data Networks and Wananchi have transformed themselves into second-tier telcos by rolling out national and metropolitan fibre backbones and wireless broadband access networks, offering converged voice, data and video/entertainment services. However, the infrastructure investments have been costly and the market has become more competitive, which has led to takeovers in the sector.

At least six major deployments of WiMAX technology and four Fibre to the Home (FttH) rollouts are underway, and third generation (3G) mobile broadband services have been launched. Advanced services such as IPTV/triple-play, e-commerce, e-learning and e-government are now rapidly evolving.

Key developments:

Takeovers in the second-tier telco sector;
Four separate Fibre to the Home (FttH) deployments;
International internet bandwidth has grown more than fifty-fold in three years;
Broadband retail prices have not yet fallen as much as wholesale prices.


Companies covered in this report:

Telkom Kenya (Orange, France Telecom); Kenya Data Networks (KDN); Jamii Telecom; SimbaNet; Africa Online (Telkom SA); 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.

Table Of Contents

Kenya - Internet and Broadband Market - Overview, Statistics and Forecasts
1. Synopsis
2. Internet market
2.1 Overview
2.1.1 Internet statistics
2.1.2 Facebook and LinkedIn
2.2 PC penetration, e-waste ban
2.3 Public internet access locations
2.3.1 Digital Villages
2.4 Internet backbone infrastructure
2.4.1 Telkom Kenya, JamboNet
2.4.2 Alternative data carriers
2.4.3 Public data network operators (PDNO)
2.4.4 Unified licensing regime since 2008
2.4.5 National fibre backbone networks
2.4.6 International fibre, internet bandwidth
2.5 Internet exchange points (IXP)
2.6 Kenya Network Information Centre (KENIC)
3. ISP market
3.1 Africa Online Kenya
3.1.1 Takeover by Telkom SA
3.2 AccessKenya (Dimension Data)
3.3 Wananchi Online
3.4 MTN Business Kenya (formerly UUNet)
3.5 Swift Global (KDN)
3.6 InterConnect, Internet Solutions Kenya
3.7 Orange Kenya (Telkom)
4. Broadband market
4.1 Overview
4.2 ADSL
4.2.1 ADSL2
4.3 Wireless broadband
4.3.1 WiFi
4.3.2 WiMAX
4.3.3 Mobile data services
4.4 Broadband via satellite
4.5 Leased lines
4.6 Fibre to the Home (FttH)
5. Digital economy
5.1 VoIP telephony
5.1.1 New VoIP guidelines 2005
5.1.2 VoIP licences
5.2 IPTV, triple play
5.3 Internet TV
5.4 Digital TV
5.5 E-learning
5.5.1 National research and education network (NREN)
5.6 E-commerce
5.7 E-government
5.8 Blogs
5.9 Facebook
6. Forecasts
6.1 Forecast internet users 2015; 2018
6.2 Notes on scenario forecasts
7. Related reports
Table 1 Internet users and penetration rate in Kenya 1999 - 2014
Table 2 Internet/data subscriptions in Kenya by access technology 2010 - 2013
Table 3 Internet subscribers in Kenya by operator and market share December 2013
Table 4 AccessKenya corporate leased-line customers 2006 2012
Table 5 Zuku TV (Kenya) triple-play pricing 2014
Table 6 Forecast internet users 2015; 2018
Chart 1 - Internet users and penetration rate in Kenya 1999 - 2014

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