Communications Commissions of Kenya(CCK) revealed that mobile penetration in the country has seceded 77 percent but the voice traffic is declining.
In recent statistics for the communications and postal sector to end June this year, CCK says the level of mobile telephony penetration registered an increase of 2.3 percent to stand at 77.3 percent (30.5 million subscriptions), up from the previous quarter which recorded a penetration of 75.6 per cent (29.8 million subscriptions).
SMS and instant messaging have been the main contributors of the decline in voice traffic.
Total local mobile traffic declined by 1.1 per cent, recording a total of 7.1 billion minutes compared to 7.18 billion in the previous quarter.
The overall mobile voice traffic per subscriber dropped from 81.1minutes recorded in the previous quarter to 78.4 minutes.
The total number of SMS stood at 4.3 billion up from 4.0 billion posted in the previous quarter, which makes it an average of 47 SMS per subscriber, in a month.
Mobile money transfer transactions increased from 23.2 million in the previous quarter to 24.8 million in the quarter under review, recording a 6.8 percent growth, consistent with the positive subscriber growth patterns.
Comparing the Financial Years 2012/13 and 2011/12 the number of mobile money transfer subscriptions increased by 27.3 percent overall. The mobile transfer subscription increase has also leade to the increase of the number of mobile money transfer agents. The agents grew to 88,466 agents during the quarter up from 74,216 registered during the previous quarter, representing a growth of 19.2 per cent.