Deputy President William Ruto has urged Telecom companies to reduce charges on mobile data, saying it’s very expensive for subscribers.
Ruto was speaking at the National Forum on Sustainable Data for Development held at the Laico Regency hotel in Nairobi on Friday.
“While the cost of mobile handset(s) has gone down over the years, the cost of data has increased. Operators should work with government to bring down the cost of data to enable more Kenyans (to) interact,”said the DP
Statistics from the Communication Authority of Kenya shows that internet users in Kenya increased by 10.8% to reach 16.4 million during the second quarter of the 2014/15 financial year. Most of these users are subscribed to Safaricom.
Currently, Safaricom is the dominant player in the Kenyan market; other players include Airtel, Yu and Orange Kenya.