Incoming, outgoing international calls rise 25pc to 85.3Mn minutes

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 16 – Incoming international mobile traffic in minutes grew by 25.3 percent to 85.3 million in quarter three of this year, new data from the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) shows.

Likewise, outgoing international mobile voice traffic rose by 4.8 percent to 179.7 million between July and September 2023.

CA links the increment to Kenya’s hosting of the Africa Climate Summit a few months ago.

According to a CA statement, “International incoming and outgoing voice minutes within the East Africa Community countries accounted for the majority of the voice minutes made internationally at 64,803,006 and 109,728,756, respectively, while incoming and outgoing mobile voice minutes to other countries stood at 20,455,060 and 69,972,249, respectively.”

Total international internet bandwidth capacity in the country also expanded by 5 percent to 17,353.722 Gbps from 16,523.303 Gbps in the review period.

The authority adds that utilisation of undersea bandwidth rose by 13.3 percent to record 10,964.87 Gbps, out of which 8,011.046 Gbps were used in the country and 2,953.820 Gbps were sold outside the country.

It is, however, facing stiff competition from alternative over-the-top (OTT) messaging platforms like WhatsApp, Instagram, Telegram, and Signal, which are giving short messages competition.

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