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This is an interesting discussion seeing how these figures are central to policy making.

The most widely available indicators are from the supply-side (reports from telecommunication operators) but they have significant concerns including over-counting due to multiple access devices or inactive subscriptions, and under-counting due to shared subscriptions. The demand-side indicators (household surveys, for example) are more reliable than supply side ones but they are expensive and thus limited in frequency.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) devoted considerable attention to accuracy of statistics in its 2016 ‘Measuring the Information Society Report’ which can be found here <www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Statistics/Pages/publications/mis2016.aspx>.

An interesting proposal – OTTs should report their country level statistics. WhatsApp, Telegram, for example, should give quarterly usage statistics, just like Safaricom gives tries to estimate user base. Or at least on request, such statistics should be available for policy and research development.

-Moses

> On 21 May 2018, at 20:00, Ali Hussein via kictanet <kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
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> Thanks Barrack and all
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> You see how this can make one arrive at wrong decisions?
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> Can the CA care to comment on this?
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> On 21 May 2018, at 7:52 PM, Barrack Otieno via kictanet <kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke <mailto:kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke>> wrote:
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>> @ Ali, during the ICT Week hosted by CA also learnt that coverage does not necessarily mean land mass, it means people in commercially viable areas. Maybe Adam can expound on the same. He had a very interesting presentation.
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>> Best Regards
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>> On Mon, May 21, 2018 at 6:36 PM, Adam Lane via kictanet <kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke <mailto:kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke>> wrote:
>> Ali
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>> Yes, I prefer GSMA statistics as they are the only ones who calculate how many people have more than 1 sim card, and then they only count users. CA just counts sim cards, and many people have 2…
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>> Even number of smart phones is not entirely accurate as some people have 2 of them as well, but still number of smart phones is also a decent estimate.
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>> GSMA Intelligence is a fantastic resource
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>> From: kictanet [mailto:kictanet-bounces+adam.lane =huawei.com@lists.kictanet.or.ke huawei.com@lists.kictanet.or.ke>] On Behalf Of Ali Hussein via kictanet
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>> This list has always tried to challenge ourselves and get information right. Developments goals are achieved when we deal with accurate information.
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>> The Communications authority information on mobile penetration as of end of 2016 stood at over 90%. Yet the GSMA says Kenya’s mobile penetration stood at 59%. See link and attached report.
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>> www.moseskemibaro.com/2016/10/01/kenyas-latest-2016-mobile-internet-statistics/ <www.moseskemibaro.com/2016/10/01/kenyas-latest-2016-mobile-internet-statistics/>
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>> A few weeks ago there was a debate on this list about Internet coverage.
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