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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 business customers to make payments to people who do not have access to traditional bank services by...

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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...

Tanzania: funds fiasco hampering rural connectivity

September 5, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Tanzania: funds fiasco hampering rural connectivity

Tanzania’s Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology is seeking to raise more than $148-million to connect over 200 villages located in rural areas by constructing new telecommunications towers across the country.  Local media have reported that...

Vodacom Tanzania inks deal for M-Pesa partnership

September 4, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Vodacom Tanzania inks deal for M-Pesa partnership

With East Africa continuing to push into the mobile money sector, Vodacom Tanzania announced it has inked a new agreement with the Tanzania Revenue Authority for an M-Pesa partnership. The announcement has been well received and is likely to spur further...

Uganda: Unregistered SIM cards still functioning

September 3, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Uganda: Unregistered SIM cards still functioning

According to the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), a number of unregistered SIM cards are remaining active despite their service supposed to have been shut off during the registration period earlier this year. The UCC has called on mobile phone...

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Uganda: Court dismisses SIM registration challenge

September 2, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Uganda: Court dismisses SIM registration challenge

Uganda, just like many other African nations, has implemented a SIM registration policy where mobile phone users are forced to register their SIM cards with the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) in order to reduce crimes committed with fraudulent SIM...

Kenya: Intelsat, SoftBank Mobile go rural with 3G

August 30, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya: Intelsat, SoftBank Mobile go rural with 3G

  Intelsat S.A., the world’s leading provider of satellite services, and Japan-based SoftBank Mobile Corp. this week announced the successful trial of a cost-effective, rural 3G mobile phone service in Kenya. Intelsat supported the demonstration...

Former MTN Vice President appointed Airtel Africa CEO

August 28, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Former MTN Vice President appointed Airtel Africa CEO

Bharti Airtel, a global telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced senior level organisational changes within its Africa operations. Manoj Kohli, MD & CEO (International), in-charge of...

SEACOM supplies Kenyan innovation hubs with broadband

August 28, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on SEACOM supplies Kenyan innovation hubs with broadband

SEACOM, the Pan-Africa ICT enabler has given 100 mbps of internet connectivity to four innovation centers in Kenya to enhance their capacity to generate local content for a global audience. The Centers – iHub, m:Lab, naiLab and 88mph – will...

Uganda: end of the road for unregistered SIM cards

August 27, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Uganda: end of the road for unregistered SIM cards

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has confirmed that there will be no extension on the SIM card registration process deadline of 31 August. After this date all unregistered SIM cards will be deactivated. In May this year The Commission issued a...

Kenya: Tax impacting mobile penetration

August 23, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya: Tax impacting mobile penetration

  It has been reported that a section of Kenya’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector has contested mobile penetration figures released by the country’s telecommunications regulator, the CCK (Communications Commission of Kenya). At...