African Telcos Ganging up on WhatsApp and other OTTs as revenue declines

African Telcos Ganging up on WhatsApp and other OTTs as revenue declines

Africa is rated as the continent with the highest mobile subscription rates, however, Mobile revenue growth has faced a consistent decline since 2013 and is expected to continue its downward trend until the end of the decade. The steady drop in mobile revenue is attributed largely to the user preference on downloading and using of over-the-top (OTT) messaging services like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger for daily chats and voice calls. A new GSM Association (GSMA)…

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Africa & Middle East lag in Mobile Messaging Usage, eMarketer

Africa & Middle East lag in Mobile Messaging Usage, eMarketer

eMarketer projects that 1.82 billion people across the globe will use apps like Facebook Messenger and WeChat in 2017, an increase of 15.5% year over year. The company that creates most comprehensive source of information on how to do business in a digital world says that despite the global adoption of mobile messaging, Middle East and Africa is the only region where mobile messaging users are in the minority. Just 22.7% of mobile phone internet…

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Bunifu CTO wins Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award

Bunifu CTO wins Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award

The CTO of Kenya’s tech start-up Bunifu Technologies Kimutai Kipng’etich, has won Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for the Visual Studio and Development Technologies award category The company has designed first Kenyan Antivirus and possibly the first in Africa. Bunifu Antivirus has won two major national accolades since it was officially launched. In 2015, it was awarded the best Innovative product at the National Science Week exhibition championed by National Commission for Science Technology and…

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Ushahidi suspends senior staff linked to sexual harassment scandal

Ushahidi suspends senior staff linked to sexual harassment scandal

Last week a statement from Ushahidi’s Juliana Rotich confirmed that the tech firm was investigating an alleged sexual harassment claim lodged by an employee (who has since chosen to leave the company), against one of its senior employees. Ushahidi has been rocked by sharp criticism over the slow handling of the sexual harassment case wish some even calling for terming the entire Board, led by Erik Hersman the founder of Ushahidi, BRCK, Gearbox, and iHub,…

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Sunrise Period for the .Ke Second Level Domain set for July 23 by KeNIC

Sunrise Period for the .Ke Second Level Domain set for July 23 by KeNIC

The Kenya Network Information Centre (KENIC) the entity charged that manages and the administrators of the .Ke Country Code Top-Level Domain (.ke ccTLD) name is announcing the launch of .Ke Second Level Domains. The second-level domain (SLD) is the portion of the domain name that is located immediately to the left of the dot and domain name extension. In the case of .Ke domain which is a  country code second-level domain (ccSLD) for Kenya, the…

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Techies set aside July 12, to fight for Net Neutrality

Techies set aside July 12, to fight for Net Neutrality

The world has joined hands today July 12 2017 as an Internet-Wide Day of Action  to fight for new neutrality. Two months ago, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced his plan to abandon the agency’s commitment to protecting net neutrality. Everyone is using this day to highlight how the web would look if telecom companies were allowed to control it for profit. Organizing groups such as Fight for the Future, Free Press Action Fund, and Demand Progress…

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Kenya, United States partner to fight cybercrime

Kenya, United States partner to fight cybercrime

A report by Serianu an IT services and business consulting firm reported that  over 30 Kenyan organizations are vulnerable to daily to sophisticated cyber-attacks, which then results to huge loses that rise from the need to adopt latest technologies in an effort to increase, while providing better customer experience at the touch of a button. Last year and this year alone, malware and other attacks like the WannaCry and NoPetya have managed to remain in…

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Uber Is Adding Real-Time Selfies Check to Boost Rider Security

Uber Is Adding Real-Time Selfies Check to Boost Rider Security

Uber has announced  Real-Time ID Check, their latest security feature on the app which uses Microsoft Cognitive Services to protect both riders and drivers. Real-Time ID Check prompts drivers to share a selfie before going online to help ensure the driver using the app matches the account we have on file. This prevents fraud and protects drivers’ accounts from being compromised. It also protects riders by building another layer of accountability into the app to…

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Innovative Kenya Awarded for MPost and Ajira Digital

Innovative Kenya Awarded for MPost and Ajira Digital

Innovation is always one of Kenya’s biggest assets, since the advent of Safaricom’s Mpesa, Kenya seems to be innovating widely and finding solutions on the mobile phone based services.   In the just concluded Africa Public Service Day (APSD) in Kigali, Rwanda. Mpost from Postal Corporation of Kenya Mpost enables subscribers to enjoy postal services at home was declared the best innovation in the Youth Empowerment Programme category.   Users of Mpost can register service,…

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TechCrunch & Facebook to host Startup Battlefield in Nairobi

TechCrunch & Facebook to host Startup Battlefield in Nairobi

TechCrunch with sponsorship from Facebook is hosting its first startup competition in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Startup Battlefield competition will be brought to Nairobi on October 11 this year. The TechCrunch Battlefield Africa 2017 is looking for Sub-Saharan Africa’s best innovators, makers and technical entrepreneurs to participate in Startups can apply to three categories: social good, productivity and utility, gaming and entertainment. The event hosted by TechCrunch will take place in front of a live audience…

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