Safaricom recorded a drop in subscribers for the period between October to December 2017 compared to those registered in July to September the same year while Airtel Kenya and Telkom Kenya saw a rise in new users joining their respective networks during the period under review.
According to the latest industry stats released by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA), Safaricom registered 69.1 per cent market share in mobile subscriptions between October to December 2017, marking a decline of 2.8 percentage points when compared to 71.9 per cent recorded during the previous quarter, that the period between July to September 2017.
On the other hand, the market shares for Airtel Kenya rose to 17.2 per cent from 14.9 per cent recorded during the previous quarter while Telkom Kenya gained 0.6 percentage points to register a market share of 9.0 per cent from 8.4 per cent posted in the previous quarter.
Equity Bank’s subsidiary, Finserve Africa which operates the Equitel brand, lost by 0.2 percentage points to post a market share of 4.5 per cent.
The market shares for Sema Mobile Services and Mobile Pay remained unchanged at 0.0 per cent and 0.2 per cent respectively.
During the period under review, the number of pre-paid mobile and postpaid mobile subscriptions stood at 41.4 million and 1.4 million respectively.
Overall, Safaricom reported a total of 29.5 million mobile subscriptions with 28.2 million being prepaid and 1.2 million postpaid while total number of mobile subscriptions recorded by Airtel Kenya rose to 7.3 million subscriptions from 6.1 million. This marked an increase of 20.7 per cent during the quarter.
Telkom Kenya registered 12.4 per cent increase in mobile subscriptions to post 3.8 million subscriptions from 3.4 million recorded in the preceding quarter.
Finserve Africa’s Equitel registered a growth of 1.2 per cent during the period under review to record 1.93 million subscriptions up from 1.90 million reported during the previous period with Mobile Pay registering 89,892 pre-paid mobile subscriptions up from last quarter’s 88,853.
However, Sema Mobile Services lost its mobile subscriptions by 50.2 percent to register 112 subscriptions from 263 recorded in the previous quarter according to the CA report.