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Kenya - officially named The Republic of Kenya - is a country in Eastern Africa. It is bordered by Ethiopia to the north, Somalia to the east, Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, and Sudan to the northwest, with the Indian Ocean running along the southeast border. Kenya became independent on December 12th, 1963.



Internet Usage Statistics:
3,995,500 Internet users as of June/2010, 9.7% of the population, according to ITU

Latest Population Estimate:
41,070,934 population for 2011, according to US Census Bureau.

Gross National Income:
GNI per capita is US$ 770 ('08) according to World Bank

Country Area:
580,367 sq km

Internet Usage and Population Growth:

YEAR

Users

Population

% Pen.

Usage Source

2000

200,000

30,339,770

0.7 %

ITU

2008

3,000,000

37,953,838

7.9 %

ITU

2009

3,359,600

39,002,772

8.6 %

ITU

2010

3,995,500

41,070,934

9.7 %

ITU







Kenya Search Engines and Directories:


Afrika.no
The Kenya Index from the Norwegian Council for Africa.

Kenya in the Wikipedia
Kenya information and complete profile.

Kenya Profile
Kenya Profile from the BBC, featuring
overview, facts, leaders, and media.

Kenya dMoz Directory
Kenya regional open directory.

Kenya Basic Information
Kenya basic data from the CIA World Factbook.

Kenya Tourism Information
Magical Kenya travel guide and tourism information.

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Kenya Telecommunications Reports

Kenya Telecommunications Convergence, Broadband and Internet Report
Telkom Kenya’s monopoly in Internet backbone and international bandwidth services ended in 2004 and several new data carriers have been licensed. There are 72 licensed ISPs of which about half are operational. ADSL and wireless broadband technologies have been introduced, and VoIP Internet telephony has been liberalised, promising to bring the long-awaited reduction of international and long-distance calling rates. A WiMAX network is being rolled out with the aim of providing converged voice, data and video/broadband TV (triple-play) services.
Read more.


Kenya Telecommunications Key Statistics, Regulatory and Fixed Line Telecoms Overview
2005 has been a year of uncertainty for the Kenyan telecommunications market, but the path of liberalisation taken by the country’s regulator seems irreversible. The planned licensing of a Second National Operator (SNO) was aborted in 2004, the privatisation of a majority stake in Telkom postponed to 2006, and the validity of the country’s third mobile licence is still uncertain. At the same time, however, the ban on VoIP has been lifted and Telkom Kenya’s monopoly in the provision of Internet backbone and international bandwidth services broken, immediately leading to massive price reductions and better services in these sectors. And yet, enormous further potential remains, with mobile and fixed-line penetration only at around 15% and 1%, respectively.
Read the executive summary.


Kenya Mobile Market - Overview and Statistics
Kenya’s mobile market has witnessed phenomenal growth rates since the second GSM operator launched in 2000. Mobile phones now outnumber fixed lines by around 20:1. Enormous further potential remains, with mobile penetration at only around 15%. Both operators are carrying out massive network expansion programs. Econet Wireless won the bid for the country’s third GSM licence in 2003, but the licensing process has since been challenged in court. Mobile number portability and the permission for mobile networks to operate their own international gateways from 2006 are expected to give further impetus to the market.
Read the executive summary.


Other African Market and Telecommunications Reports
African Mobile Broadband, Data and Mobile Media Market
Telecommunications Report.


Kenya Internet ICT Background

October 25, 2011

The Internet first became available in Kenya during 1993. Full Internet access was established in 1995. The African Regional Centre for Computing (ARCC), an NGO based in Nairobi , Kenya , became the first provider of web-based Internet service. The first commercial ISP, Formnet began operating in 1995. Soon competition increased with the entry of three other ISPs. All the ISPs would lease analogue or digital data lines from Kenya to the US to access the Internet backbone.

In 2000, there were about 200,000 Internet users in Kenya , with an estimated monthly growth of 300 new subscribers each month. The main users of the Internet in Kenya are Multinational corporations, international organizations and NGOs. All the government’s ministries are now accessible via the internet.

The latest estimate of Internet users for Kenya from the ITU is 3,995,500 people, corresponding to a penetration rate of 9.7%. At present there are 72 licensed ISPs of which about half are operational. Currently the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) is considering conducting a comprehensive Internet Usage Study to confirm the real number of users in Kenya.

Since many people in Kenya do not have fixed phone lines, computers, or electricity, internet shops, known as cyber cafes, provide access to internet and email, mainly in the major towns. A major factor that may have influenced the use of ICT positively in Kenya is the use of the English language. English is the official language in Kenya, and Information Technology (IT) services are largely based in English, so this has been an advantage.


Further reading on Kenya:

Communications Commision of Kenya
Get the latest information about
telecommunications in Kenya.

ISOC Kenya Website
ISOC Kenya news, lifestyle, money, news, sports, politics,
top stories, and important links can be found here.

Kenya Government Website
Kenya news and important links can be found here.

Kenya Newspapers Links
Most important daily news and information from Kenya here.

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