Vodacom Tanzania has announced a new partnership with African music distributing and streaming service Mdundo. Together the companies are launching a new music bundle for the telecom's subscribers. As reported by TechCabal, this new bundle will give Vodacom Tanzania subscribers access to Mdundo's premium service as well as a bevy...
The case of Jonathan Murangiri Gikabu claiming that Safaricom had stolen his idea to launch M-Pesa payments using a card tap, wristband or a phone sticker has been dismissed by Kenya's High Court judge Grace Nzioka. The judge says that Gikabu had failed to present enough evidence that Safaricom seized...
Kenyan-based startup Tanda is expanding its operations after securing funding from early-stage African tech investor HAVAÍC, Zedcrest Capital, DFS Lab, Victor Asemota and three other investors. Tanda has also secured key strategic partnerships with Mastercard and Interswitch which is expected to further accelerate its growth. The company’s expansion comes on...
The Ethiopian government has announced a new tender process to begin the sale of a 40% stake in the state-owned telecommunications company, Ethio Telecom. The sale is still in its very early stages with the selection of a successful bidder expected only at the end of a significantly lengthy process. According...
Globally, the manufacturing sector plays a significant role in driving economic growth, job creation, and lifting people out of poverty. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, global manufacturing output has been in decline and Kenyan manufacturers say they are now prioritising cost reduction, increasing revenue, retaining jobs, and...
Jambo Pay is set to launch a virtual mobile network after obtaining a license from the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA). According to Techweez, this will allow it to lease spectrum from mobile network operators and roll out mobile services - intensifying telco competition in an industry dominated by Safaricom. "Yes...
OPPO is set to expand its wearable smart device range in Kenya with the launch of the Band in both the Basic Sport and Style version. The all-new OPPO Band features a continuous blood oxygen monitoring function, which monitors blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) every second during sleep. It also offers...
Infinix has officially launched its latest entry-level device in Kenya - the Infinix Hot 10i. The Hot 10i is the ultimate device in the Hot 10 series from the Hong Kong-based smartphone retailer. Others in the series include the Hot 10, Hot 10T, Hot 10 Play, Hot 10 Lite and...
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the global telecommunications arm of the United Nations (UN) has called on the government of Nigeria, and other governments across Africa to strengthen their Internet safety regulations. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and general shift online, many African countries are now more exposed to cybersecurity...
Telkom Kenya will give new Telkom Line subscribers 1.5 GB of data over three months. The telco says that prepaid customers simply need to activate their SIM with a KES 20 top-up. According to TechWeez, customers will also benefit from cross-network calls at KES 2 valid for the first three...
A new survey conducted by Amethyst Consultants on SME perceptions of banking products in Kenya showed that up to 95% of SMEs (9 out of 10 companies) in the country use M-Pesa, Vodafone's mobile money service, according to Business Daily Africa. The survey, commissioned by SNDBX, took place between the...
Digital devices and services have improved the daily lives of 84% of Kenyans – while nearly one third said that it had boosted their incomes. These are among the key findings of a unique cross-country survey that provides a comprehensive and timely assessment of how Kenya’s aggressive investments in core...
Safaricom has begun testing Afya Moja - a mobile health records system - in partnership with Nakuru County. The initial pilot programme will see over 100,000 people be part of the integrated electronics medical records program. According to TechIsh, Afya Moja is a simple mobile-based Digital Health Passport that receives...
Upcoming Kenyan food delivery startup Kune has closed a pre-seed funding round at $1-million in investments. The startup, which seeks to prepare and deliver freshly-made, ready-to-eat meals at affordable prices, will look to use the capital boost to scale its on-demand services before its planned launch in August later this...
Kenya's Information Communication Authority (ICTA) has been caught for the irregular spending of $1.12-million from both local and foreign lenders for the year to June 2020. The country's Auditor-General Nancy Gathungu says that the money involved was all proceeds from grants. In fact, the amount represents cumulative funds transfers to...
MultiChoice has announced the launch of Pearl Magic Prime, a new channel that tells stories by Ugandans for Ugandans. The launch of Pearl Magic Prime is the first step in MCG’s rollout of its African local channel and content slate for 2021. Two additional local channels are set to launch...
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