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Kenya mall attack: questions over unregistered SIM cards

October 11, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya mall attack: questions over unregistered SIM cards

The debate over deactivating or suspending unregistered SIM cards in Kenya has again come under the spotlight with four major mobile service operators claiming that they have complied with regulations set forth by the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK),  a claim dissmissed by the regulatory body. Additionally, global media reports have brought...

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Kenya: CCK lays down the law over SIM registration

October 8, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya: CCK lays down the law over SIM registration

The Communications Commission of Kenya, together with the East African country’s Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology, have reiterated the need for mobile service providers and their agents to comply with SIM registration regulation. CIO...

BICS sets sites on key growth markets in Africa

October 1, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on BICS sets sites on key growth markets in Africa

BICS, a global wholesale carrier for voice, mobile data and capacity services, announced today that it has opened three new offices – in Ghana, Kenya and South Africa to ensure a strong local presence for customers in the African region. The offices are...

Sudan restores most Internet connections

September 29, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Sudan restores most Internet connections

Sudan’s Internet services has been restored at one of its three major international ISPs, the government reported after it had seen the Internet cut off across the country as a result of riots over the ending of fuel subsidies. The result saw much turmoil...

Safaricom enables mobile public transportation payments

September 28, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Safaricom enables mobile public transportation payments

As part of the mobile money push in Kenya, leading telecommunications operator Safaricom has announced it will offer public service vehicle (PSV) operators a new service that will allow users to pay fares using the M-Pesa mobile money system. The move is...

Vodacom Tanzania resolves mobile money hitch

September 24, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Vodacom Tanzania resolves mobile money hitch

Vodacom Tanzania said it has resolved a technical problem that affected M-Pesa money transfer services across the country. The problem had left many experts questioning if the breakneck speed of mobile money movement in the country would overwhelm companies...

Alepo deploys IT services in Congo

September 23, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Alepo deploys IT services in Congo

In an effort to boost network and information technology services in the Democratic Republic of Congo, global provider of IT and network infrastructure software solutions Alepo Technologies announced last week that it has successfully deployed an affiliate...

Safaricom ups investment in connectivity

September 19, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Safaricom ups investment in connectivity

Kenya’s leading mobile phone operator Safaricom has announced that it will increase its overall capital expenditure by some 8 percent for the fiscal year ending in March 2014. The move comes as it attempts to boost its cables across the country in order to...

Liquid Telecom pens fibre deal in Tanzania

September 18, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Liquid Telecom pens fibre deal in Tanzania

The Liquid Telecom Group today announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with Tanzania Telecommunications Company Ltd (TTCL) to interconnect with its fibre network in Tanzania. Liquid Telecom Kenya has built a fibre link from Nairobi to Namanga on...

Standard Chartered Bank launches digital bank in Côte d’Ivoire

Kenya’s Standard Chartered launches new mobile payment service

September 17, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Kenya’s Standard Chartered launches new mobile payment service

Standard Chartered in Kenya this week announced the launch of “Straight2Bank Mobile Wallet,” its new mobile payment service for corporate clients, in partnership with Safaricom’s M-Pesa. “Straight2Bank Mobile Wallet enables the bank’s...

Safaricom wants lower cross-border calls

September 17, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Safaricom wants lower cross-border calls

Kenyan mobile operator Safaricom is urging East African governments to lower cross-border calling rates to neighbouring countries. Chief executive Bob Collymore said it is not conducive for businesses to have higher cross-border calls than phoning the United...

XON to supply support to East Africa’s UbuntuNet

September 16, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on XON to supply support to East Africa’s UbuntuNet

XON announced this week that it has won the tender for the supply and implementation of Juniper Networks and other essential equipment necessary for IP routing, out-of-band equipment, traffic analysis software and other items for the East African UbuntuNet...

Airtel Kenya behind landmark location service

September 13, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Airtel Kenya behind landmark location service

From Nairobi, Airtel Kenya has announced a partnership with Gecko Landmarks Ltd. to launch the market’s first text-based location service using landmarks. According to a Capital FM report, the mobile phone operator is the first to introduce a service of...

Tanzania creates first cyber-crime laws

September 11, 2013 • East Africa, Online & SocialComments Off on Tanzania creates first cyber-crime laws

The Bank of Tanzania (BoT) revealed that, in conjunction with government and other stakeholders, it is in the final stages of preparing new legislation against cyber-crimes in the country. To date, Tanzania has no laws governing cyber-crimes. The bank is...

Tanzania collects billions in mobile money tax

September 9, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Tanzania collects billions in mobile money tax

Tanzania is home to a growing economy. The government and tax efforts are moving slowly in order to help develop infrastructure for the budding East African country. On Friday last week, the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) announced that it had collected...

Airtel Kenya raises prices

September 9, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Airtel Kenya raises prices

As the battle over mobile phone supremacy in Kenya continues, Airtel Kenya did the surprising thing last week and increased its call rates. The move sees the per minute rate increase from KES 3.60 to KES 4.02 for both on- and off-net calls. The move has been...