Find Telecommunication expertise in Kenya

The telecommunications and internet industry in Kenya has undergone significant changes due to technological advances and regulatory restructuring. It was among the fastest-growing telecoms sectors in Africa in 2012, generating US$1.7 billion, and is forecasted to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6% up to 2017 (Pyramid Research, 2013). This constitutes 4.6% of the overall GDP for Kenya ($37.23 billion, 2012).

Kenya liberalised the industry throughout the 2000s. Mobile companies outnumber fixed telephone lines, with the two main providers being Telkom Kenya (the former state-owned monopoly) and the Vodafone-owned SafariCom. As the mobile phone sector has expanded along with the growth of the middle-class in Kenya, companies have extended their services to include internet service provision. This is the result of private investment from telecom companies such as Vodafone, France Telecoms and Essar Communications.

Following a reorganisation of the Kenyan government in 2013, the Information and Communications Technology Authority (ICTA) was created to regulate the sector. This body is responsible for many telecom updates, such as the National Optical Fibre Backbone Infrastructure (NOFBI) development project, digital inclusion and public sector shared services (Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology press release, 2013).

ICT education includes the Institute of Advanced Technology (IAT) as well as the ICT Integration Harmonized Curriculum Guide which trains public school teachers. Also, Kenya is a world-leading nation in mobile money using M-PESA, a system which allows users to transfer cash through their phones. About 25% of the country’s GDP travels through it at any time (The Economist, 2013). There are 245,221 employees in the sector, including both direct and indirect FTEs (Deloitte, 2011).

Telecoms and Internet Service Providers organisations in Kenya
Ace Communications Ltd
Africa Online Kenya
Afsat Communications
Alphanet Communications Ltd
Antel Telecommunications
Communication Solutions Ltd
Cybernatics Communications Ltd
Deep Africa
Internet Solutions
iWay Africa
Jamii Telecommunications
Kasnet Internet Services Ltd
Kencell
Kenya Data Networks
Kenyaweb.com Ltd
Liam Telecommunications Ltd
MTN Business
Safaricom Ltd
SahanNet Ltd
Swift Global
Tangerine Ltd
Telkom Kenya
Visionlab Communications
Wananchi
Zain Group Kenya