Is high speed internet ‘doing more harm than good’ in Kenya
A recent report by the Kenyan Regulator Communications Authority (KRA) has fingered some unpleasant occurrences brought in by the migration to high speed internet by many mobile users.
The report say they have registered a spike in cyber threats, in the three months to December 2020, a period that saw mobile users opt for high speed Internet subscriptions and also transact more on their preferred mobile money transfer platforms. The report, KRA says, is based on data provided by the service providers in the ICT sector as per their license conditions.
Cyber threats have been the main cause of wholesome disturbances in the entire internet ecosystem in that country. According to the sector statistics report by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) for the period shows that there was a 59.8 per cent increase on cyber threats from 35.1 Million threats detected in the previous quarter to the 56.2 million threats in this quarter.
The spike is attributed to the significant increase in malware and web Application attacks, among others factors recorded during the period, says the KRA.
As users resume business after a lull caused by the covid-19 restrictions on movement, more threats reared their ugly head. “The increase in cyber threat events detected is attributed to the systematic resumption to normalcy amongst sectors and services that were previously dormant due to the restrictions surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic,” read part of the report released by the Authority just recently.
However, there was a decrease in impersonation, online fraud, cyber bullying and child abuse cases, reported to the National KE-CIRT/CC.
On the positive trend, child abuse cases decreased mainly due to the National KE-CIRT/CC collaborative efforts with the Directorate of Criminal Investigation’s Child Protection Unit (DCI CPU)”, CA noted in the report.
During the period under review, the total broadband subscriptions rose by 4.6 percent to 25.8 million, from 24.6 million subscriptions registered in the last quarter.
The number of 4G broadband subscriptions grew by 15.3 percent in the referenced period. Meanwhile, the number of 3G broadband subscriptions dropped by 2.2 percent to 14.3 million subscriptions, to what CA said was an indication of growing uptake of 4G technologies in the country.
“The volume of mobile data consumed during the period grew to 165.8 million from 142.6 million GB used in the previous quarter,” CA noted. The number of active registered mobile money subscriptions stood at 32.5 million, whereas number of active mobile money agents stood at 264,390 during the period under review.
On the fintech side, the value of transfers across pay bill and till numbers grew significantly with volume of the transfer from on person to person to another hitting Ksh871.4 Billion translating to a 22 per cent increase compared to the previous period.
The Value of transfer during the three months under review reached Ksh1.03 trillion while consumers transferred Ksh983.7 Billion to business, translating to a 22.2 per cent increase.
Mobile calls grew by almost 4 percent during the period under review while the total number mobile subscriptions as at 31st December 2020 stood at 61.4 million, representing an increase of 2.6 percent from the preceding quarter.
Not to be outdone, the volume of on-net mobile voice traffic rose by 8.6 percent to post 17.3 billion minutes, from 16.0 billion minutes while off-net mobile voice traffic increased to 2.3 billion from 2.2 billion minutes recorded during the previous quarter.