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H.E. Mr Jean Philbert Nsengimana Minister, Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT), Rwanda (image credit: ITU)

Rwandan girls urged to take up studies and careers in ICT

April 23, 2015 • East Africa, Features, Top StoriesComments (0)

The Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, has called on Rwandan girls to take up studies and careers in ICT as these offer a chance for them to enhance their skills and tackle unemployment challenges. Minister Nsengimana made the call in a discussion with YouthConnekt about the International Girls in ICT Day, which ...

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Safaricom’s Nzioka Waita joins Kenyan civil service

April 22, 2015 • East Africa, People, Top StoriesComments (0)

Safaricom’s, Nzioka Waita has been called to the Civil Service by Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta. Nzioka is currently the mobile operator’s Head of Corporate Affairs. According to a report by, the 39-year-old has been appointed Secretary...

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Kenya: Samsung launches Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge

April 20, 2015 • East Africa, Gadgets and Gaming, Top StoriesComments (0)

Samsung East Africa has revealed that the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones are available on the Kenyan market. Robert Ngeru, Samsung East Africa COO stated that the firm recorded 500 pre-orders for both the Samsung S6 and S6 Edge before the...

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Kenya: Safaricom set to upgrade M-Pesa platform

April 15, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (3)

Kenyan operator Safaricom has revealed that it has started final preparations for the launch of the second generation of its M-PESA platform as it prepares to perform a full scale system upgrade aimed at improving efficiencies and speed over the next week....

Kris Senanu Deputy Chief Executive AccessKenya Group and Dr. Tom Musili, Executive Director Computer for Schools Kenya exchange documents after signing an Memorandum of Understanding that will see AccessKenya fund the training of 200 principals on the use of technology in classrooms at a cost of Kes 1.2 million this year

AccessKenya extends support for teaching and education

April 15, 2015 • Company News, East Africa, Top StoriesComments (1)

AccessKenya has partnered with the Global e-Schools and Communities Initiatives (GESCI) to help improve the quality of teaching of Science, Technology, English and Mathematics subjects in Kenyan schools. Commonly referred to as STEM, it is feared that the...


Kenya: Airtel sets up fundraising for terror attack victims

April 7, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to Airtel Kenya, it has launched a fundraising drive via Airtel Money for the victims of the terrorist attack at Garissa University College on 02 April 2015. The mobile firm said it has set up a donation paybill number for well-wishers to send funds...

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Study reveals African mobile phone usage stats

April 7, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

A survey of mobile phone usage in five African countries has delivered startling findings on the rise of Internet access via phones, the potential demise of Nokia and the continued appeal of BlackBerry. The Mobile Africa 2015 study, conducted by mobile...

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ZTE selects Mitsumi as distribution partner for Africa

April 2, 2015 • Company News, East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

ZTE Corporation has selected Mitsumi Distribution as its strategic distribution partner for the continent. The agreement is expected to cover Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Ivory Coast,...

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Why Mobile Money should matter to Government

April 2, 2015 • East Africa, North Africa, Opinion, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Speaking at The Economist Conference in Johannesburg in late 2014, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said, “There is a perception that financial inclusion efforts will necessarily lead to increased financial risk and hence have a negative effect on financial...

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East Africa: Cross-border mobile money transfers planned

April 2, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

East African Communities will, by the end of 2015, be able to transfer money via mobile phones across borders if full implementation of the One Area Network Agreement (OANA) succeeds. This is according to a report by Capital FM. According to the report,...

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Research survey set to track FTTH/B penetration in Africa

March 27, 2015 • East Africa, North Africa, Online, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

52 African countries are now connected to submarine cables, either directly or by terrestrial cross-border fibre optic networks. 44% of Africans live within a 25-km reach of a fibre node. The key question now is which cities and suburbs are taking the lead in...


Kenya: Liquid Telecom invests USD 400,000 into Kilifi

March 26, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Liquid Telecom is set to invest $400,000 in Internet infrastructure that will see Kilifi County in Kenya opened up for interconnectivity for businesses and the county government premises. According to the firm, this is part of its $50m investment in...


East Africa: States agree to slash SMS roaming rates

March 24, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to a report by The East African… Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda have agreed to reduce the cost of sending a SMS across the three countries. During a regional summit in Kigali, which was held on 6 March 2015, the three partner states agreed that the...

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Cloud Lending Solutions & BDO partner to Power Non-Bank Lending Globally

March 18, 2015 • Company News, East Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Cloud Lending Solutions, the only end-to-end lending platform built natively on, today announced a strategic agreement with BDO Solutions to bring the company’s non-bank online lending platform to East Africa and the Indian Ocean. Nearly...

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Kenya: Liquid Telecom connects Nakuru County to Wi-Fi

March 16, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Liquid Telecom Kenya has partnered with the Nakuru County Government to launch free Wi-Fi in Nakuru. According to Liquid Telecom, this will see the residents of Nakuru County gain access to a public street Wi-Fi connection. Internet access has been widely...

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Kenya: Mbadi sets out to trim the power of the CA

March 10, 2015 • East Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Kenyan lawmaker, MP John Mbadi, is set to introduce a bill aimed at trimming the power of the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA). The proposed bill seeks to amend the Kenya Information and Communication Act to significantly curtail the powers of the CA....