Safaricom Kenya has launched a campaign where subscribers can get free data every day for 90 days depending on their data usage profiles. According to Gadgets Africa, this offer is "aimed at empowering more customers to take their offline passions online as part of the country’s digital transformation agenda". Peter Ndegwa,...
Airtel Kenya has upgraded over 600 sites in Nairobi, Mombasa and Malindi to ensure that they are 5G ready - this comes shortly after rival telco, Safaricom, launched the first 5G commercial services in East Africa. “These 600 sites are now 5G-ready. We don’t have to make any further modifications...
MTN Uganda and several members of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) have signed an agreement that will advance network automation in the country and abroad using TIP’s Disaggregated Cell Site Gateway (DCSG). This first of its kind network deployment in Africa will see MTN evolve its Transport Network and turn...
Ukheshe has partnered with the Kenya-based lender KCB Bank Kenya to issue both physical and virtual banking cards across East Africa. According to Victor Ndlovu, VP of Ukheshe Africa, the deal will include other innovative digital products such as QR issuing and acquiring. “By joining forces with KCB we are well-placed...
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced that it would launch its re/Start programme in Kenya alongside three in South Africa, totalling 12 cohorts launched across Africa since October 2020. AWS re/Start cloud skills training programme will be launching four cohorts in Africa this month — including launching for the first...
Opera has launched the newly dedicated chat service Hype in Kenya. Built into the mobile web browser Opera Mini, this service is expected to enable seamless surfing, chatting and sharing content– without compromising speed or driving increased data consumption. “Chat services and browsers are apps people use every day and...
Safaricom has launched Baze - its new video streaming platform - in Kenya. This subscription-based mobile-first service is expected to offer a wide selection of local and regional short-form videos in entertainment, music, news and sports. The telco says it is placing the entertainment Kenyans want at their fingertips while...
Uber has expanded its ride-hailing service and online food delivery business to Nakuru, Kenya. According to Business Daily, this move will increase competition in the East African town where taxi-hailing services are dominated by Wasili Cabs and Bolt. “We remain optimistic about the business opportunity in Kenya, and the launch of...
Yellow Card, a leading Africa-focused finance platform for trading cryptocurrencies has finally arrived in Kenya. The company claims it already has offices in 9 African countries, allowing customers from Nigeria, Botswana, Cameroon and South Africa, and others, to buy and sell crypto through its platform. "Yellow Card is a cryptocurrency exchange...
vivo has announced the launch of its newest Y-Series smartphone, the Y20s, in Kenya. This comes after the company was ranked fifth in the global smartphone market in 2020 by the International Data Corporation (IDC) with a market share of 8.6 percent and shipments exceeding 110 million devices. Within last year,...
Safaricom is in talks with Amazon over the use of its mobile money service M-Pesa on Amazon’s eCommerce platform, according to Bloomberg. This move is said to be part of the Kenyan telco's efforts to recover from a year of disappointing profits. “M-Pesa accounts for about a third of Safaricom’s revenue,...
Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda, claims that Facebook is biased after a number of his governments' supporter's accounts were closed for 'spreading false information'. "Facebook will talk but we shall move, they are not God. Recently, I heard people who came here for the first time…they were from the USA....
Vodacom Tanzania has announced a new partnership with African music distributing and streaming service Mdundo. Together the companies are launching a new music bundle for the telecom's subscribers. As reported by TechCabal, this new bundle will give Vodacom Tanzania subscribers access to Mdundo's premium service as well as a bevy...
Kenyan-based startup Tanda is expanding its operations after securing funding from early-stage African tech investor HAVAÍC, Zedcrest Capital, DFS Lab, Victor Asemota and three other investors. Tanda has also secured key strategic partnerships with Mastercard and Interswitch which is expected to further accelerate its growth. The company’s expansion comes on...
The Ethiopian government has announced a new tender process to begin the sale of a 40% stake in the state-owned telecommunications company, Ethio Telecom. The sale is still in its very early stages with the selection of a successful bidder expected only at the end of a significantly lengthy process. According...
Jambo Pay is set to launch a virtual mobile network after obtaining a license from the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA). According to Techweez, this will allow it to lease spectrum from mobile network operators and roll out mobile services - intensifying telco competition in an industry dominated by Safaricom. "Yes...
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