The number of Kenyans using a mobile phone has jumped by 15.8 per cent in the first quarter of the year compared to the same time last year. That is according to new research by the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK), which said that 29 million people used a mobile phone in the three-month period. Furthermore, it explained that internet usage also grew by 69 per cent to 6.5 million subscribers because of more people with access to handheld devices. CCK said in its report: "The continued growth in subscriptions is a clear indication of the operators' increasing focus to offer competitive and innovative products and services." Reuters also reports that the number of mobile phone-based money transfers also grew by nine per cent to just under 19 million. Meanwhile, oil exploration in Kenya is set to increase after Tullow Oil made a discovery of 100 metres of oil earlier this month.