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Will Tanzania’s Finance Bill stymie Internet growth?

August 5, 2013 • East Africa, Finance, Top StoriesComments Off on Will Tanzania’s Finance Bill stymie Internet growth?

Amendments to Tanzania’s recently passed Finance Bill 2013 has ushered in a 14,5% excise duty on all mobile airtime, mobile services, as well as landline and wireless telecommunication services. According to research Tanzanians will have to fork out more for access to telecommunication services, which, under the Bill, is defined as “a service of any...

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SIM switch-off impacts Kenya’s mobile movers

August 2, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on SIM switch-off impacts Kenya’s mobile movers

A report posted by The Star says that Safaricom, Kenya’s largest mobile network operator, was the only one to have upped its call traffic volume after the process of deactivating unregistered SIM cards was initiated at the beginning of the year. According...

Mastercard reinforces commitment to drive Digital Transformation in Zimbabwe

Kenya: MasterCard, Paynet bank on EMV

July 31, 2013 • East Africa, SecurityComments Off on Kenya: MasterCard, Paynet bank on EMV

MasterCard today signed a deal with regional card processor Paynet Group to partner in a local initiative geared towards encouraging the switch from magnetic strip to EMV cards. Dubbed “The Great Migration to EMV Chip,” the local initiative brings...

Equity Bank, Airtel Kenya partner on m-commerce

July 31, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Equity Bank, Airtel Kenya partner on m-commerce

Equity Bank and Airtel Kenya have today entered into a partnership that will offer comprehensive mobile commerce solutions to their customers in Kenya, through Airtel Money. The service, available to all Equity Bank customers with Airtel lines, will enable...

Safaricom at risk of losing mobile operator license

July 31, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Safaricom at risk of losing mobile operator license

Safaricom, one of the largest mobile operators in Kenya, is at risk of losing its operator’s license if it fails to comply with the Communications Commission of Kenya’s (CCK) directives to improve services across the country. The Commission ordered the...

SAP ships in value for Kenya Ports Authority

July 25, 2013 • Company News, East Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on SAP ships in value for Kenya Ports Authority

The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) has experienced phenomenal growth over the last 12 years. Traffic through the port of Mombasa, East and Central Africa’s main maritime gateway, has increased by 7.4% per annum. In 2000, KPA realized traffic of 9.126...

SEACOM to embark on community upliftment

July 22, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on SEACOM to embark on community upliftment

SEACOM is celebrating the fourth anniversary of its commercial launch on 23 July 2013, by reaching out to communities across Africa with a range of social upliftment activities. This continues the pan-African telecom enabler’s tradition of celebrating its...

AccessKenya looks to connect county governments

July 16, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on AccessKenya looks to connect county governments

Leading Corporate Internet and IT Solutions Provider AccessKenya Group has announced plans to aggressively target the 47 county governments for connection on its fibre and wireless networks and extend other ICT solutions to the counties, within the remainder...

Uganda wins for Africa at Imagine Cup

July 12, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (1)

Microsoft last night announced the winners of the 11th annual Microsoft Imagine Cup, the world’s premier competition for student technologists, developers and aspiring entrepreneurs to create innovative projects and ultimately bring those ideas to market....

Kenya, South Africa lead Africa App Quest pack

July 8, 2013 • East Africa, Online & Social, Southern AfricaComments Off on Kenya, South Africa lead Africa App Quest pack

Visa and South African Tourism’s quest to find the continent’s best travel app continues with more than 50 companies and individuals having registered so far for the Africa App Quest competition. To date the majority of the entries have come from Kenya...

Smile Uganda launches first true 4G LTE in Uganda

June 9, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Smile Uganda launches first true 4G LTE in Uganda

Smile Communications Uganda Limited  today launched the first true 4G LTE broadband network in Uganda. Smile has had commercial customers using its 4G LTE services for the past six months and, with the launch, Smile becomes the only operator in Uganda to...

Orange Campus set up in Senegal

May 16, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Orange Campus set up in Senegal

With the creation of a new Orange Campus site in Senegal, the France Telecom-Orange Group, which is present in some 20 African countries, reaffirms its commitment to strengthening its worldwide managerial community and to supporting managers in their daily...

GSMA opens office in Kenya

May 15, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on GSMA opens office in Kenya

The GSMA today announced that it has opened a permanent office in Nairobi, Kenya. The office will be based in the heart of Nairobi’s Innovation Hub (iHub) for the technology community and will enable the GSMA to work even more closely with its members...

Rwanda has fastest Internet on the continent

November 20, 2012 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (7)

According to statistics featured on Ookla’s NetIndex, Rwanda has the fastest Internet speed in Africa – faster than Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa. The central African country currently has an average download speed of up to 7.28 Mbps, which...