Kenya’s government has confirmed that in the interest of national security, the process of mobile telephone line registration via street vendors is to be abolished and the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) and police would assume control over SIM card registration and activation. Fred Matiang’i, Cabinet Secretary for ICT, is...
It is the first time Kenya’s Amolo Ng’weno has experienced the Tech4Africa Conference. She was invited last year but a misplaced passport prevented her from entering the country and she was unable to attend. However, she did managed to get to this year’s event and, in a quick interview...
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 into...
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 East Africa reports on a warning by authorities that non-compliance is seen to be...
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 part of a broader programme of...
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 over the use of Internet...
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 being praised as helping to push Kenya...
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 and result in shutdowns. But the company said the disruption has...
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 module for the management of MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) partnerships within the Cielux network. It...
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 meet Internet demand and access. Safaricom...
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 the border of Kenya and Tanzania which has the capacity...
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 using Safaricom's M-Pesa...
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 States. "I have always said that roaming costs are not conducive to regional...
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 network. The current project is funded by the AfricaConnect project and...
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 this kind, one that links up with popular landmarks to...
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 co-operating with government officials and stakeholders to drive forward three bills of legislation that...
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