Kenya - Fixed Broadband Market - 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 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.

Key developments:

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; 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.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Introduction and statistical overview
    • 2.1 Market analysis
    • 2.2 Internet backbone infrastructure
      • 2.2.1 Telkom Kenya, JamboNet
      • 2.2.2 Alternative data carriers
      • 2.2.3 Public data network operators (PDNO)
    • 2.3 Broadband statistics
  • 3. Forecasts – Fixed broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • 3.1 Public internet access locations
      • 3.1.1 Digital Villages
      • 3.1.2 Internet for Schools
  • 4. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • 4.1 Internet Exchange Points (IXP)
    • 4.2 Kenya Network Information Centre (KENIC)
    • 4.3 National broadband strategy
    • 4.4 ISP market
  • 5. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
  • 6. Other fixed broadband services
    • 6.1 Wireless broadband
      • 6.1.1 Wi-Fi
      • 6.1.2 WiMAX
    • 6.2 Broadband via satellite
    • 6.3 Project Loon
  • 7. Digital economy
    • 7.1 E-learning
      • 7.1.1 National research and education network (NREN)
    • 7.2 E-commerce
    • 7.3 E-government
  • 8. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in Kenya – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 2 – Internet users and penetration rate in Kenya – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 3 – Internet subscriptions – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 4 – Wireless internet subscriptions by access technology – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 5 – Fixed-line broadband subscriptions by access technology – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 6 – Broadband subscriptions – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 7 – Internet services revenue and investments – 2009 - 2015
  • Table 8 – Forecast fixed broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 9 – Fibre broadband subscribers – 2011 - 2017
  • Chart 1 - Internet users and penetration rate in Kenya – 2005 - 2017

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