High data cost, insecurity shun Kenyans from internet use – The Star

The cost of data bundles and security fears are the top reasons why 18 per cent of connected Kenyans go offline, a new research has revealed.

The research, dubbed RIA Beyond Access Focus Group Research, backed by Mozilla sought to find out why 82 percent of the country’s 38 million people connected to the internet were online in 2016 as reported by the Communications Authority of Kenya.

This is despite the four mobile operators in the country having 4G internet connections for mobile devices, and the country’s mobile penetration according to the CA standing at 86.2 per cent as at March 2017.

Safaricom commands 71.9 per cent of the market of mobile subscriptions followed by Airtel with 16.3 per cent, Telkom Kenya 7.2 per cent, while Equitel is at 4.4 per cent.

The research, which sought to reveal main barriers to internet access in Africa, found out that social media topped the list of uses for the internet, with a perception among some users that social media is the internet.

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