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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 of this mobile realtime information application. When in 2009 Christopher Fabian and Erica Kochi,...

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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...

IFAD propels inclusive rural economic growth in Togo

Kenya: mobile helping farmers monitor markets

November 7, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya: mobile helping farmers monitor markets

With agriculture and technology high on the agenda this week in Africa, underpinned by the ICT4Ag Summit being hosted in Kigali, Rwanda, there are reports of how technology is making a radical difference to the lives of farmers in key regions. One news...

Safaricom’s offer to schools in Kenya

November 6, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Safaricom’s offer to schools in Kenya

Kenyan mobile service provider Safaricom this week announced that they will supply free broadband access to schools across the country. The move coincides with the Company’s rollout of government-supplied laptop computers to learners. The company made...

Why Eutelsat signals a new chapter in Tanzanian TV

November 6, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Why Eutelsat signals a new chapter in Tanzanian TV

Eutelsat Communications and Azam Media Ltd., part of the Tanzanian industrial house, Bakhresa Group, this week announced the signature of a long-term contract for capacity on the EUTELSAT 7A satellite. Azam Media will use 108 MHz of capacity connected to the...

HDS formalises East African presence

November 5, 2013 • Company News, East AfricaComments Off on HDS formalises East African presence

With a strong market share in Southern Africa and a growing presence in West Africa, global data storage solutions firm Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) will this week formally open its Kenyan office, to serve the East African region. Shaun Barendsen, HDS General...

SAP Africa’s Skills for Africa Programme gains momentum

November 1, 2013 • Company News, East Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on SAP Africa’s Skills for Africa Programme gains momentum

On the heels of SAP Africa’s recent announcement of an agreement with the World Bank to consolidate skills development efforts in Africa, SAP Africa today announced that the first group of students, from Kenya, have successfully graduated from the Skills...

Kenya: mall attack suspect still tweeting

October 29, 2013 • East Africa, Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya: mall attack suspect still tweeting

  UK law enforcement officials claim September Westgate Mall attack suspect Samantha Lewthwaite, dubbed the ‘White Widow’, has reportedly posted tweets on the Pumwani-based Muslim Youth Centre’s account over the past two weeks writes the Star....

Airtel to offer unlimited mobile games

October 28, 2013 • East Africa, Gadgets and Gaming, West AfricaComments Off on Airtel to offer unlimited mobile games

Bharti Airtel, a telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today launched Airtel Games Club, a flat-fee mobile gaming subscription service offering unlimited premium mobile games at competitive prices....

Kenya’s traders link to PayPal’s 137-million strong database

October 28, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya’s traders link to PayPal’s 137-million strong database

Global e-commerce service PayPal has entered into a partnership with Equity Bank, thereby effectively linking up traders in Kenya with PayPal’s international customer base of more than 137-million active accounts in 193 markets. From Nairobi, a Capital FM...

Airtel Africa customers get free mobile access to Wikipedia

October 24, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Airtel Africa customers get free mobile access to Wikipedia

Airtel, and the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit that operates Wikipedia, today announced a strategic partnership to provide Airtel’s customers access to the knowledge and information available on Wikipedia through their mobile phones free of data...

D-day announced for analogue shutdown in Kenya

October 23, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on D-day announced for analogue shutdown in Kenya

Kenya’s government today announced December 13th as the date that the analogue signal will be turned off in Nairobi and its’ environs, commencing the first phase of the switch to digital television. Under this phase, the areas of and around Nairobi...

Kenya: Nairobi County partners Cisco for deployment of Digital Business Roadmap

Cisco has mobile data traffic solution for Kenya

October 18, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Cisco has mobile data traffic solution for Kenya

With the anticipated increase in mobile data volume and subsequent pressure on regional mobile operators, Mobile operators in Kenya could ease mobile data traffic and effectively support 3G, LTE and HSPA networks by offloading mobile data traffic to Wi-Fi....