For the first time ever, as at December 31st 2020, the total number of mobile subscriptions in Kenya surpassed 60 million.
Safaricom’s number of active mobile subscriptions increased to 39.1 million from 38.1, maintaining its 65% majority share.
Airtel Kenya’s numbers grew by 2.5%, the highest in the quarter, to 16.7 million.
Other players, Telkom Kenya, Equitel and Jamii Telecommunications Ltd who control less than 10% of the market also grew their active mobile subscriptions.
Big picture: Mobile subscriptions in Kenya have continued to grow quarter by quarter, majorly due to multi-SIM registration and the availability of low-end smartphones.
This increase in subscribers is also expected in other African countries. Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to add 130 million new subscribers by 2025 with half of that growth spurt coming from Nigeria, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Kenya as per Quartz.