Kenya’s broadband market has been transformed by a combination of increased investments in network upgrades among the key providers as well as by the landing of four fibre-optic submarine cables. This vastly increased international bandwidth led to wholesale prices tumbling to a fraction of the former rate, and this in turn 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 in urban areas. Nevertheless, the vast majority of broadband subscribers are on mobile networks. Mobile network operators are concentrating investments on LTE, so enabling customers to take up a range of high-end data services and applications. 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; 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; Liquid Telecom expands its FttP infrastructure; 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 September 2017, operator data to Q3 2017, recent market developments.
Telkom Kenya, Kenya Data Networks (KDN), Jamii Telecom, SimbaNet, Africa Online, 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), Liquid Telecom.
Companies (Major Players)
Mobile & Wireless Broadband and Media
Regulations & Government Policies
Strategies & Analyses (Industry & Markets)
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Last updated 14 Mar 2018
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