Mobile broadband has the ability to keep you connected to the world around you, even when you are out and about. Thanks to the existence of laptops we no longer have to go online only when we are sitting at our desktop computers. Instead we can go online and perform any number of different tasks when we use our laptops on the move.

Agriculture, Telecommunications and Transport proved to be the out-performers for the year beating both the benchmark indices at 7 per cent while Energy, Automobiles, Consumer Services, Utilities and Financials were the under-performers with Financials dropping a whopping 67 per cent.

Both the listed stocks within the Consumer Goods sector- namely Hutchings Biemer Ltd. and Uchumi Supermarkets Ltd. remained suspended for the entire year.

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Athi River Mining Ltd. strong performance for the year was followed by plans to raise production capacity by building a KES 2 billion clinker and cement plant at Athi River, a move that would make the company more competitive by cutting raw material transportation costs by almost a half. The company hopes this will help it raise its market share, currently at 13 per cent, to 20 per cent. At present Athi River Mining Ltd. lags Bamburi Cement Ltd. and East Africa Portland Cement Ltd. in national coverage both of whom have estimated market shares of 58 per cent and 30 per cent respectively.

Despite a 50 per cent rise in its revenues in 2009, Kenyan tea and coffee producer, Sasini Tea & Coffee Ltd.- the largest Agriculture company by market capitalisation- saw a 40 per cent fall in 2009 full-year net profit dropping to KES 526 million from KES 876 million in 2008. This was down to a rise in its operational costs. However, the stock held relatively well falling a mere 3 per cent for the year.

KPLC Ltd. was up 29 per cent for the year with pre-tax profits up 75 per cent rising to KES 4.8 billion from KES 2.7 billion the previous year while the dividend per share for the same period doubled from KES 4 to KES 8. Investors seemed to have taken well plans by the corporation to restructure its capital base through conversion of government owned preference shares into ordinary shares and to float a share rights issue to raise between KES 7 billion and KES 10 billion. This was despite the dilution of existing share ownership that would follow such a move.

Then, there are the mobile broadband and mobile phone deals which give you free laptops for life for using their service. This is pure, legitimate and convincingly simple. Because the service providers want more customers, they go about marketing and lure customers through their offers. It is under such offers that they give you laptops. You will however have to spend money on the service!