Following the global launch of the new flagship product in the Huawei Mate series of mobile devices on September 2, 2015, Huawei is expected to launch the Mate S smartphone in Kenya, next month.

The device is already in the European market and the Huawei is keen to introduce it in the local market as the company seeks to double its current 10 percent mobile phone market share in the local market by next year.

Apart from the introduction of its flagship products into the Kenyan market, Huawei has also been introducing middle and entry level quality smartphones. Huawei recently launched their P8 device with its innovation framework heavily focused around the smartphone design.

In the third quarter of 2014/15, Communication Authority of Kenya reported an expansion of 2.9 percent point in Kenya’s mobile penetration to reach 85.5 percent up from 82.6 percent attained during the preceding quarter. Data/internet subscriptions grew by 14.3 per cent during the quarter to 18.8 million from 16.3 million subscriptions in the last quarter. Consequently, the estimated number of Internet users rose to 29.1 million up from 26.1 million users estimated during the previous quarter. 71.7 percent up of the population had access to the Internet up from 64.1 percent during the last quarter.