Airtel and Telkom Kenya Merger could form the second largest Telco after Safaricom

Airtel and Telkom Kenya Merger could form the second largest Telco after Safaricom

Telkom Kenya and Airtel are reported to have began started talks that could result into a major merger or a business  joint venture in Kenya in a bid to form a telco giant to bite into the market share of leading Safaricom. First reported by Sunday Standard the two companies could want to combine their operations and function as one entity instead of waiting to be wiped out by the mountains of losses they have…

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Safaricom new deal that enables PayPal withdrawals via M-Pesa will eat into Equity banks profits

Safaricom new deal that enables PayPal withdrawals via M-Pesa will eat into Equity banks profits

A new deal that will allow M-Pesa users to receive money from any PayPal account across the world directly into their M-PESA accounts in real time has been inked by Safaricom and the international remittance firm Paypal. This comes a few hours before mobile money interoperability goes live in Kenya. The new deal will also make it be possible for PayPal users in Kenya to load their PayPal wallets via M-Pesa PayBill number 800088. Through…

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Michaella Rugwizangoga appointed CEO of Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda

Michaella Rugwizangoga appointed CEO of Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda

Volkswagen Group South Africa has appointed Michaella Rugwizangoga as the Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda. Rugwizangoga, a Chemical Engineer by profession comes to Volkswagen with a wealth of strategic planning, project management and product development experience. As a World Economic Forum’s Global Shaper and an active member of the Kigali Hub, Rugwizangoga will be able to use her international experience and Rwandan heart to lead Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda to become an…

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Jamii Telecom becomes 5th Telco to launch 4G mobile network in Kenya

Jamii Telecom becomes 5th Telco to launch 4G mobile network in Kenya

Kenyan Internet service provider Jamii Telecom has launched its mobile service named Faiba 4G Mobile, becoming the 5th telecom operator to be licensed in the country. Jamii Telecom has reportedly invested US$25m into its infrastructure and its service includes mobile internet bundles that compete directly with current market heavyweights Safaricom, Airtel Kenya and Telkom Kenya. The telecom company’s bundles are priced at Kshs 50 for 1GB, Kshs 300 for 8GB up to 210 GB for…

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#DeleteFacebook trends After Cambridge Analytica illegal data harvest

#DeleteFacebook trends After Cambridge Analytica illegal data harvest

The hashtag “DeleteFacebook” was trending on Twitter on Wednesday, and multiple news outlets posted instructional guides for users who felt that Facebook hasn’t done enough to protect their data. Amid the ongoing data privacy scandal surrounding the Trump-connected firm Cambridge Analytica, tech critics and users alike are revisiting the concept of leaving Facebook and extracting ourselves from one of the world’s most pervasive advertising empires. The decision to delete Facebook boils down to two questions:…

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Mozilla Yanks its adverts from Facebook after Cambridge Analytica scandal

Mozilla Yanks its adverts from Facebook after Cambridge Analytica scandal

The nonprofit developer behind the popular Firefox browser, Mozilla is pausing and will no longer advertise on Facebook. The company said in a a blog post on Wednesday that “Mozilla is pressing pause on our Facebook advertising,” Chief Operating Officer Denelle Dixon wrote. She further explained that in examining the social network’s policies following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, “we found that its current default settings leave access open to a lot of data — particularly with…

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African governments have increased user data requests from Facebook, Google, and Twitter

African governments have increased user data requests from Facebook, Google, and Twitter

The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) has conducted a research that has revealed increased requests of user data from global tech companies by African Governments. CIPESA analyzed request information from transparency reports published by some of the world’s largest tech companies. The resulting report found out that social media user information requests from African governments have accelerated between 2013 and 2016. There’s a “growing trend” in Africa for such…

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Kenyan Elections Cost Safaricom’s M-Pesa a 4 Million USD loss

Kenyan Elections Cost Safaricom’s M-Pesa a 4 Million USD loss

Kenyans held elections on August 2017 and due to the uncertainties projected from previos violence affected elections, many businesses faced a slow down. Especially during the days following the elections date. Bob Collymore has told Reuters that the Kenya’s leading telecoms operator, Safaricom, suffered an estimated $3-4 million in lost revenue from its M-Pesa money transfer business. The slow down was attributed to the post elections amounting to two weeks. Safaricom, which is 35 percent…

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GSMA says shared infrastructure inhibits effective competition

GSMA says shared infrastructure inhibits effective competition

The GSMA has released the findings of a new report, “Wholesale Open Access Networks”, which examines the performance of the wholesale open access network (WOAN) model (also known as single wholesale network or SWN) in five markets around the world: Kenya, Mexico, Russia, Rwanda and South Africa. The report follows up on a 2014 study that assessed the potential economic case for implementing the wholesale network model, found that, in the countries examined, there was…

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Why Sarahah the anonymous feedback app is trending

Why Sarahah the anonymous feedback app is trending

In the past week or so, you might have stumbled upon the #Sarahah. The app which actually launched a few months ago, has grown fast Egypt and Saudi Arabia, according to a BBC report. The app has however become a trending hit in India, it is now the No. 1 app in the iOS App Store. The Sarahah app is been designed to allow users send and receive  anonymous feedback from others. The app developers…

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