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Standard Chartered Bank voted best consumer digital bank in Kenya

Standard Chartered Bank voted best consumer digital bank in Kenya

August 23, 2019 • East Africa, Finance, Top StoriesComments (0)

Financial journal, Global Finance has named Standard Chartered Bank the Best Consumer Digital Bank in Kenya for 2019. The journal recognised SCB for its information security and fraud management systems under its digital offerings. Commenting on the Award, Standard Chartered Bank Managing Director and CEO Kariuki Ngari says, “[we will] continue to...

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VMware to address digital skills gap in Africa

VMware to address digital skills gap in Africa

August 21, 2019 • East Africa, Education, Top StoriesComments (0)

VMware has announced the expansion of the VMware IT Academy: Virtualize Africa programme in partnership with Strathmore University – @iLabAfrica Centre, Kenya. The aim is to empower the fast-growing, young African population to enter the digital...

Kenya: Ex-Airtel staff challenge Airtel-Telkom merger

Kenya: Ex-Airtel staff challenge Airtel-Telkom merger

August 12, 2019 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

52 former Airtel employees have written to the Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) to oppose the merger of Airtel Kenya and Telkom Kenya which, according to the employees, would compromise the chances of their pending case being concluded. The ex-employees...

Paratus extends Trans-Kalahari Fibre network

Paratus extends Trans-Kalahari Fibre network

August 7, 2019 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on Paratus extends Trans-Kalahari Fibre network

Network provider, Paratus has invested in a 4160km long fibre network that spans all the way from the West to the East coast of Africa. The route — that would normally take more than 60 hours to drive with a car — can be crossed digitally in about 31...

DPO Group acquires South African payment processor

DPO Group acquires South African payment processor

August 6, 2019 • East Africa, Finance, Southern AfricaComments Off on DPO Group acquires South African payment processor

DPO Group has announced the acquisition of a South African payment processor, PayFast. The deal by the Nairobi headquartered DPO Group was executed through a mix of shares and cash, with the PayFast management team remaining key shareholders in DPO Group. DPO...

Safaricom to expand e-commerce presence in Southern Africa

Safaricom to expand e-commerce presence in Southern Africa

July 22, 2019 • East Africa, Retail, Southern AfricaComments Off on Safaricom to expand e-commerce presence in Southern Africa

On Wednesday, 17 July 2019, Kenyan telecoms operator Safaricom announced plans to expand e-commerce platform, Masoko, within Southern African by 2020. The announcement was made at the inaugural Afro-Asia FinTech Festival in Kenya.  “As a digital telco,...

Pundi X unveils blockchain-powered smartphone in Rwanda

Pundi X unveils blockchain-powered smartphone in Rwanda

July 22, 2019 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Pundi X unveils blockchain-powered smartphone in Rwanda

Singapore based technology company, Pundi X, officially launched its blockchain-powered smartphone in Kigali, Rwanda. The XPhone is said to be there first blockchain mobile phone launched on the African continent. “The XPhone allows everyone to make a...

Latest Nokia smartphone launched in Kenya

Latest Nokia smartphone launched in Kenya

July 19, 2019 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Latest Nokia smartphone launched in Kenya

Finnish mobile company, HMD Global, announced on Thursday 18 July 2019, that the new Nokia 2.2 will be launched in Kenya.  Nokia 2.2 is the first 2 series Nokia smartphone to be part of the Android One programme, delivering a full Android experience on a...

Microsoft builds capacity of women software engineers in Kenya

Microsoft builds capacity of women software engineers in Kenya

July 18, 2019 • Careers, East Africa, West AfricaComments Off on Microsoft builds capacity of women software engineers in Kenya

In an effort to build support for local women in ICT, Microsoft has recruited engineers to work in its new Africa Development Centre (ADC) in Kenya and in Nigeria. In June, ADC Nairobi hosted its first LEAP hackathon for 26 female developers, challenging...

Printronix partners with Tri-Continental to expand reach in Africa

Printronix partners Tri-Continental to expand reach in Africa

July 10, 2019 • East Africa, General, North Africa, West AfricaComments Off on Printronix partners Tri-Continental to expand reach in Africa

On Tuesday, 9 July 2019, Printronix signed an agreement with Tri-Continental to broaden their reseller base and strengthen presence within Central, East and West Africa. Under the agreement, Tri-Continental will distribute Printronix and TallyGenicom line...

Spotify Lite now available across Africa

Spotify Lite now available in Africa

July 9, 2019 • East Africa, North Africa, Online & Social, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Spotify Lite now available in Africa

Spotify has officially introduced Spotify Lite. Lite, according to Spotify,  is a small, fast, and simplified version of the main Spotify app. Users will still be able to search and play their favourite songs and artists, save them, share with others,...

Liquid Telecom to rollout South Sudan's first fibre broadband

Liquid Telecom to rollout South Sudan’s first fibre broadband

July 3, 2019 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Liquid Telecom to rollout South Sudan’s first fibre broadband

Liquid Telecom has announced plans to connect South Sudan to the “One Africa” broadband network, which is approaching 70,000km across 13 African countries and to the rest of the world. Phase one of the rollout is due to be completed before the end of...

Michael Joseph named interim CEO of Safaricom

Michael Joseph named interim CEO of Safaricom

July 3, 2019 • East Africa, Features, Top StoriesComments Off on Michael Joseph named interim CEO of Safaricom

Safaricom has appointed Michael Joseph as interim CEO after the passing of predecessor, Bob Collymore. Collymore passed away in the early hours of Monday morning after succumbing to a two-year battle with cancer.   An official document released by Safaricom...

Bob Collymore, CEO Safaricom, passes away

Bob Collymore, CEO Safaricom passes away

July 2, 2019 • East Africa, Features, People, Top StoriesComments Off on Bob Collymore, CEO Safaricom passes away

On Monday, 1 July 2019, it was announced that Bob Collymore, CEO of Kenyan mobile network provider — Safaricom, has passed away. Collymore died during the early hours of Monday morning after a two-year long battle with cancer. He was just 61 years old. ...

Chika Nwaogu, CEO of Playfre Africa.

Playfre launches SongRoute service to help African artists monetize their work

June 29, 2019 • East Africa, Online & Social, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Playfre launches SongRoute service to help African artists monetize their work

Playfre, the African music streaming service created by Chika Nwaogu, has launched a new service called SongRoute. SongRoute is designed to further help African artists monetize their music online. This latest service comes just shortly after the release of...

Safaricom awards Ericsson next generation NOC deployment

Safaricom Kenya sued for alleged breach in private consumer data

June 28, 2019 • East Africa, Features, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Safaricom Kenya sued for alleged breach in private consumer data

Kenyan telecommunications operator, Safaricom, is facing just over a $1 trillion lawsuit for allegedly violating the data privacy of 11.5 million consumers.  According to The Standard, a case filed at the High Court details how one of the company’s...