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Nairobi: Traffic jams set to drive consumers online

December 19, 2014 • East Africa, Online, Top StoriesComments (0)

The fear of getting stuck in traffic jams dotted with thousands of stationary vehicles in a bottleneck entry into Kenya’s capital is what has led to the shift in consumer trends as residents move to shop online, this is according to online retailer Jumia. While most of the roads in the capital city have remained ...

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Kenya: Safaricom promotes fuel payments over M-Pesa

December 19, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Kenyan operator, Safaricom, has revealed an instant rewards system to incentivise customers who pay for fuel using the Lipa Na M-Pesa platform. According to Safaricom, over 134,000 motorists have already received free talk time on the Safaricom network for...

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Kenya: Mobile Matrix unveils PesaCalc App

December 18, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Mobile Matrix, a Kenyan app developer, has revealed its latest app – PesaCalc. According to the developer, PesaCalc is a free Android app that assists mobile money users in Kenya to save money when using the mobile money services. In a statement to...

Eran Feinstein, founder of 3G Direct Pay Limited

East Africa: 2015 Predictions for Businesses

December 17, 2014 • East Africa, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

2015 looks to be a great year for growth and innovation within the East African business community. Along with significant increases in tourism and advances in technology (for example, more robust mobile and Internet connections), we are seeing a much higher...

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Top Google Searches of 2014 in Africa

December 17, 2014 • East Africa, Lists, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Google has released a list of the Top 10 Global Trending Searches throughout 2014. Each year, Google releases a list of the topics that individuals have searched for the most over the past 12 months. Additionally, Google has also revealed the Top 10 Google...

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Tanzania: Huawei launches Ascend Mate 7

December 15, 2014 • East Africa, Gadgets and Gaming, Top StoriesComments (0)

Huawei has launched its Ascend Mate7 in the Tanzanian market. According to Peter Zhang, Huawei Country Manager: “The recommended retail price of the smartphone is about TZS 1 million and it will be available in most key retailers.” The Ascend Mate...

Back in 2009, Bharti Airtel reached the 100 million customers mark. In 2012 the company pushed on until it crossed the 200 million mark. 
(Image: Christian de Faria, CEO, Airtel Africa.)

Rwanda: Airtel to divest telecom tower assets to IHS

December 15, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Bharti Airtel, through its subsidiary company Bharti Airtel International, and IHS Holding Limited (IHS) have revealed an agreement under in which IHS will acquire over 1100 telecoms towers across two countries. According to Airtel, the agreement will allow...

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Kenya Hosts Cyberoam Partner Summit 2014 For East Africa

December 11, 2014 • Company News, East Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Cyberoam recently concluded its Partner Summit 2014 for its East African partners in Kenya. Diani Reef Beach Resort & Spa, Mombasa was chosen as the venue for the three day event which started on Dec 05th. The event attended by Cyberoam’s major partners...

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Tanzania’s Safe Motherhood Text Messaging Service reaches third year

December 10, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Since its launch, exactly two years ago, 500,000 men and women accumulatively received 40 million informative safe motherhood messages and reminders through the Wazazi Nipendeni SMS Service. So what makes this program so successful? According to the service,...


Kenya: Safaricom launches LTE Advanced

December 5, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Kenyan operator Safaricom has successfully launched its latest LTE Advanced Network in Kenya. According to the operator, it will roll out the 4G services in Nairobi as well as Mombasa. The company will then scale up coverage to other major towns during the...

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East Africa: Innovation Lab to expand digital financial services

December 4, 2014 • Company News, East Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

MasterCard has unveiled the launch of MasterCard Labs for Financial Inclusion, a new initiative seeking to impact more than 100 million people globally by developing practical and cost-effective financial tools that expand access and help build stable futures...

President of Kenya, Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta (image: REUTERS/How Hwee Young/Pool)

Kenya launches ICT internship programme

December 1, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

The Private Sector as well as the Kenyan Government have come together and developed a programme to build ICT capacity in the public sector as well as improve upon efficiency and service delivery. The Presidential Digital Talent Programme (PDTP) is expected...

To qualify for the fund, start-ups must have a working product or service with an active user base that demonstrate their ability to create transformative solutions

Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore. (Image source: Google/

Kenya: Safaricom reveals USD 1 Million venture fund

November 27, 2014 • East Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

Kenyan operator, Safaricom, has revealed a USD 1 million venture fund. The fund is aimed at accelerating the development of mobile applications. According to Safaricom, the Spark Venture Fund will be offered to mobile ICT start-ups based in Kenya, either...

Mobile Money

Uganda: URA slams shut mobile device smuggling route

November 26, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has not only discovered a route used by individuals who smuggle mobile devices into Uganda, but it has also impounded a number of mobile devices to the value of UGX 34 Million. According to The Monitor, the smugglers were...

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How ICT is responding to Ebola in Africa

November 21, 2014 • East Africa, Features, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The Ebola outbreak has captured the attention of many large corporations within the ICT sector. Companies like MTN, SES, Liquid Telecom, Econet, IBM, Airtel, LG and Samsung have all responded to the outbreak in a meaningful and impactful way. While Ebola is...

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Kenya: Consumers order more iPhones than Apple can provide

November 19, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Apple products are growing in popularity across Kenya. According to reports, the brand cannot keep up with the consumer demand for the device. According to figures from mobile operators as well as resellers, the demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is...