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iHub Research By Leo Mutuku / July 16, 2013

Mobile Statistics in East Africa


The mobile industry in East Africa shows no signs of slowing down with countries like Kenya recording growth rates in subscriptions of 9% over the past year, and a similar percentage point increase in mobile money users each quarter. Many more businesses have adopted mobile tools to enhance their functions to capitalise on this growing mobile subscription rates. Start-ups such as KopoKopo have then build successful businesses and partnerships with Telco’s pushing the functionality of the mobile phone to new levels. We at iHub Research have been keeping tabs on the mobile sector statistics and present you with a current snapshot of the mobile industry in the region.


Last updated: 22nd August 2013

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Author : Leo Mutuku

Leo leads the data science lab at iHub Research. She conducts research on open data, data science and visualisation, design research methods, market and investment research.

  • SIMON at 15:42:22PM Wednesday, July 17, 2013

    Smart. Informative. Love it. Thanks for this!

  • Mobile and Internet Numbers for East Africa (2013 edition) | WhiteAfrican at 17:45:06PM Wednesday, July 17, 2013

    [...] most recent stats for East Africa’s mobile and internet usage have been put into an new infographic. Mobile and Internet use in East Africa, an infographic by [...]

  • | Cool infograph of mobile user in East Africa at 13:34:32PM Thursday, July 18, 2013

    [...] images were put together by iHub’s research department, which adds that the number of mobile subscriptions in the region is still growing at 9% a year. [...]

  • Asaphjay at 08:36:26AM Friday, July 19, 2013

    The concept for the infographic is great, but I think you got some number wrong. For instance, if you use the numbers for Rwanda, they say the average person spends 40sec each day on voice. And here I assume that the voice traffic refers to minutes, not dollars or anything else. I also assume the number of subscribers is one person, one line, for the sake of simple calculations. Now try do that for Uganda & its ~4.3 minutes per year! and there’s no data for Kenya, though I know CCK releases quarterly stats.
    I’d say, this info is under par!

  • Leo Mutuku at 12:10:57PM Monday, July 22, 2013

    Hi Asaphjay, We are looking to correct some information that is erroneous and will put up an updated version asap. Thanks for the feedback.

  • A Look At East Africa’s Mobile and Internet Usage Growth [INFOGRAPHIC] at 18:20:37PM Thursday, July 25, 2013

    [...] [via: iHub Research] [...]

  • Kago Kagichiri at 10:01:47AM Monday, July 29, 2013

    Great article. There is definitely a huge potential with telephony services in East Africa, not just for a single state, but for all states to be connected. Thanks for posting this!

  • Snapshot: mobile and internet in East Africa [Infographic] | memeburn at 18:01:02PM Monday, July 29, 2013

    [...] space and business incubator iHub is hoping to make the situation clearer by putting together an infographic of some of the most recent statistics of mobile, telephone and internet use in Kenya, Uganda, [...]

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