This is how Kenyans consumed 269 million gigabytes of data last year alone and here’s their search history

This is what Kenyans love to spend their data on the minute they go online. (Kenyans)
  • Data from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) shows that last year, Kenyans spend a total of 269 million gigabytes (GBs) of data and consumption is set to rise and hit 984 million GBs in 2022.
  • The findings are contained in the PwC’s Entertainment and Media Outlook Report 2018/2022.
  • Kenya’s largest telco, made a whopping Sh43 billion for selling mobile and fixed data in the financial year ended March 2018.

Kenyans are big spenders on data and annually spend millions of shillings just to stay online for a minute longer.

Data from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) shows that last year, Kenyans spend a total of 269 million gigabytes (GBs) of data and consumption is set to rise and hit 984 million GBs in 2022.

The findings are contained in the PwC’s Entertainment and Media Outlook Report 2018/2022 which put internet advertising revenue at Sh3.8 billion ($38 million) per year, clearly showing just how advertisers are increasingly moving into the online space in search of more consumers.

By the end of September 2018, the total number of active internet and data subscriptions in the country stood at 42.2 million, according to the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) report.

“Digital connectivity plays an important role in transforming and improving lives, as it opens the door to employment, financial opportunities and unprecedented knowledge for billions of people across the globe,” the CA says.

The CA adds that mobile data subscriptions constitute 99.2 per cent of total data and internet subscriptions in Kenya, meaning that a majority of people access the internet even when travelling.

As a result, Kenyan telecommunication firms continue to have a field day. Safaricom, Kenya’s largest telco, made a whopping Sh43 billion ($430 million) for selling mobile and fixed data in the financial year ended March 2018. During that period, mobile data usage per subscriber grew by 56.3 per cent year-on-year to 421 megabytes.

This means the firm was generating Sh4.97 million ($49,700) per hour out of data consumed.

Meanwhile, multiple reports continue to show that most of the activities that drive Kenyans online only consume revenue, offering self-gratification to users but no revenue in return.

A further breakdown of the sites visited by Kenyans shows that information on topics such as sex, football and gambling continue to pre-occupy many online users.

For instance, sports betting company, SportPesa, has been the most “Googled” word by Kenyans every year from 2016 to 2018. This further symbolises just how the gambling craze has got hold of many youths in Kenya.

According to the 2019 Financial Access (FinAccess) Household survey, 2.7 per cent of males use mobile money on online betting sites.

“Kenya has two adult websites in its top 10 most-visited sites. This is greater than any other East and Central African country,” the firms adds.

Digital market intelligence platform Similarweb.com also showed that in January, some of the top visited sites in Kenya were Google, Facebook, YouTube, Betin, Betpawa, and SportPesa.

WhatsApp, Messenger, Facebook and online lending tool Tala were the most downloaded apps in 2018.

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