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Kenya: CCK double-checks on service quality

December 5, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya: CCK double-checks on service quality

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has announced this week that it will initiate an audit of the quality of non-voice services to consumers. The regulator has confirmed that it is scouting for consultants to assist with a comprehensive Quality of Service (QoS) measurement to scrutinise the quality of text, data and social media services. [&hellip...

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Tanzania: why Internet users in Arusha are smiling

December 4, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Tanzania: why Internet users in Arusha are smiling

This week, Smile Communications Tanzania (Smile) launches its Fourth Generation Long Term Evolution (4G LTE) services in Arusha, bringing the high speed internet revolution to businesses, organizations and residents in and around Arusha city.   LTE (Long...

Local content quickens pace of broadband service delivery in East Africa

December 3, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Local content quickens pace of broadband service delivery in East Africa

The increasing availability of affordable customer premise equipment (CPE) and smartphones in East Africa is driving the broadband services market in the region. Greater demand for access to social media platforms, especially on mobile devices, sustains...

Kenyan firms join the fight against cyber crime

December 3, 2013 • East Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenyan firms join the fight against cyber crime

Amid growing concern over increasing levels of cyber crime in Kenya, local businesses are doing their part to inform and educate the market. As an example, from Nairobi, local media report that one technology company, ESET NOD32 Solutions is using its...

TEAMs player Safaricom acquires more bandwidth

December 2, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on TEAMs player Safaricom acquires more bandwidth

Kenyan mobile service provider Safaricom has acquired mobile operator Essar’s 10% stake in the undersea fibre optic The East Africa Marine system (TEAMs). The value of the deal has not yet been made known, but Safaricom now owns 32.5% of the cable....

What Kenya’s communications regulator wants to achieve

December 2, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on What Kenya’s communications regulator wants to achieve

From Nairobi, local media have reported on targets that the country’s communications regulator, the CCK, has set – including the objective to increase the current rate of mobile money service use from 58.9% to 70% in the next five years. In a strategic...

Arm yourselves with the right tech skills for 2014

November 26, 2013 • East Africa, Features, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Arm yourselves with the right tech skills for 2014

If global forecasts such as Computerworld’s annual Forecast Survey 2014 prove accurate, decision makers across Africa’s ICT sector will have little time to waste in recruiting the very best and most sought-after technical skill sets available. The...

Discord over Kenya’s airwaves

November 26, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Discord over Kenya’s airwaves

From Nairobi, three media organisations – Nation Media Group, the Standard Media Group and Royal Media Services – have reportedly challenged the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) over the granting of exclusive rights to pay channels to oversee the...

Innovation Dinner Kenya, exceptional opportunity for IT executives

November 22, 2013 • East Africa, Events, Top StoriesComments Off on Innovation Dinner Kenya, exceptional opportunity for IT executives

Africa’s technology news leader, ITNewsAfrica.com, in conjunction with sponsor Software AG, will host the next Innovation Dinner on 10 December, at the Sarova Panafric in Nairobi, Kenya. This is a must-attend event for any serious IT executive/ decision...

Kenya, Senegal maximise the Net the most

November 22, 2013 • East Africa, Online & Social, Southern AfricaComments Off on Kenya, Senegal maximise the Net the most

Kenya and Senegal have been identified as two African countries in which the internet is having the most significant economic impact. A report entitled Lions go digital: The Internet’s transformative potential in Africa, released by management...

Google announces fibre project to bring Ugandans online

November 21, 2013 • East Africa, Online & SocialComments Off on Google announces fibre project to bring Ugandans online

Google today announced Project Link, an initiative to enable any local mobile operator or ISP to connect more people in Kampala, Uganda to the Web through a super-fast, high-capacity fiber network. In Kampala and many parts of the world, online activity is...

UNICEF mobile innovation making impact in Africa

November 18, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on UNICEF mobile innovation making impact in Africa

Four years after its introduction, a mobile innovation called RapidSMS, developed by two United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) employees, continues to bring about significant change in key regions throughout Africa. Africa Renewal reports on the progress...

Why Kenya’s mobile leaders are optimistic about 2014

November 14, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Why Kenya’s mobile leaders are optimistic about 2014

MEF, the global community for mobile content and commerce, today launched the first report of a three-country African Growth Market Study on mobile content and commerce. Key findings showed the optimism of Kenyan industry leaders towards mobile content and...

Somalia connects with first fibre optic link

November 12, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Somalia connects with first fibre optic link

The Liquid Telecom Group today announced that it has built the first fibre optic link into Somalia connecting the country to its neighbours, the rest of the world and the undersea cables by fibre for the first time. The new fibre link connects across the...

Over 30 million mobile subscribers in Kenya

November 11, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Over 30 million mobile subscribers in Kenya

Statistics released by the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) stipulates that the East African country’s mobile subscriber base has grown by over 2% and now stands at 30,5 million. According to a report published by The Herald, authorities have...

Kenya’s mobile operators have slowed down on investment

November 8, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Kenya’s mobile operators have slowed down on investment

Provisional data in a quarterly industry report by the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) shows that mobile network operators have cut their investment budgets by 2.2% in 2012.   A report in the Star says that investment in the industry was down to...