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Kenya: Microsoft and Safaricom to boost ICT sector

July 11, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories

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Software developers on the Microsoft platform will be able to sell their products via the Safaricom payment platform.

Microsoft and Safaricom have signed an agreement that is intended to promote entrepreneurship in the software development market.

Microsoft operator channel lead for Sub-Saharan Africa Mariam Abdullahi told media in Nairobi that under the agreement, software developers on the Microsoft platform will be able to sell their products via the Safaricom payment platform.

Kenya is the second country in Sub Saharan Africa, after South Africa, that has implemented systems to allow for mobile phone operator billing for the purchase of software application.

According to Abdullahi, “The partnership will help promote local content that is relevant to Kenyan problems.”

Microsoft Kenya country manager, Kunle Awosika, said: “The country has latent potential in the information, communication and technology (ICT) sector.”

According to Safaricom, Kenya is still a growth market for mobile phones.

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