Overview

Posted on November 28, 2009

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Finally a blog that keeps tabs on the development in the Kenyan Mobile phone Industry.

Since 2000, when there were only a couple of thousands of mobile phone users(elite), the industry has grown in leaps and bounds and it’s estimated to have 14.5 Million subscribers as of 2009. This has been a phenomenal growth by any standards and industry players admit as much as per their projections prior to the bust.

Partly this has been aided by Telkom’s [now Orange] under performance in the market.

Starting with two mobile phone services providers [Safaricom and Kencell] the market has grown to accomodate two more (Orange and Yu) in 2008.

Kencell has been the most “dynamic/unstable”, changing ownership and names, from KEncell to Celtel to Zain(currently) and rumours abound that Vivendi will buy into Zain’s African Operations hence necessiating a name change eventually.

Safaricom has been more stable, only change in ownership occuring when the Majority shareholding(51%) by Telkom Kenya reverted to the Treasury which offloaded 11% to the NSE in what had been dubbed “the Biggest IPO in Kenya” and aptly massively oversubscribed.

Orange and Yu are pretty new and not much has been heard of them.

Given the brief overview, this blog hopes to give Kenyans a platform to appraise, criticize, share opinions and be informed on the market trends. It aggregates all provider’s information at one place and offers a onestop shop for infromation.

Comments are free.

Feel free to share your experiences and if you’d like to share/write your own article, conatct me.

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