Author: Alex Reece

Safaricom Weekend Network Hitch

Safaricom Weekend Network Hitch

Business, Internet
Safaricom subscribers were not pleased with the Networks' shortcomings during the weekend. The telecommunication subscribers could not use the popular M-pesa services or make calls. Data service was also affected cutting many from online communication and transactions. Safaricom did acknowledge the problem without mentioning the root cause. Other services affected included the internet, which blocked thousands from accessing services online or communicating through the popular social media platforms such as the WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and twitter. “We are experiencing intermittent network challenges affecting several services in our network including voice and data for some customers. We are working to restore all services as soon as possible,” reads a statement from Safaricom Pl
Over 16.4 million micro digital loans disbursed since the first digital credit offering in Kenya

Over 16.4 million micro digital loans disbursed since the first digital credit offering in Kenya

Business, Mobile, Startups, Technology
About 17 million digital loans have been disbursed to Kenyans as an increasing preference to mobile phone to access credit since the launch of the first digital credit offering seven years ago. A new survey completed last month shows fast growth of borrowing through the phone, with other findings showing huge default rates but for relatively small amounts. An international firm, Microsave Consulting, conducted the study which involved interviews with various credit providers with fin-tech products, including banks. During the first half of 2019, MSC was commissioned by SPTF and the Smart Campaign to undertake a comprehensive study on the current state of digital credit in Kenya. This study revealed:  Across Kenya, 16.4 million loans have been disbursed digitally since the lau
Testing systems: Instagram hides post likes count in ‘to remove popularity pressure’

Testing systems: Instagram hides post likes count in ‘to remove popularity pressure’

Mobile, social media, Technology
Instagram has begun hiding likes and video views as part of a trial aimed at removing "the pressure" and shifting the focus to "sharing the things" its users enjoy. Users will still be able to see how many views and likes their posts garner, but their followers will only see a user name "and others" below posts, rather than the number of likes on their feed. A spokeswoman said the trial for some users in countries including Ireland, Italy and Australia was aimed at stopping the platform from feeling "like a competition". The change applies to the Instagram's Feed, Permalink and Profile functions. "We want Instagram to be a place where people feel comfortable expressing themselves," said Mia Garlick, Facebook Australia and New Zealand's director of policy. "We hope this te
Cyber attacks in Kenya rose to 11.2 million in first quarter, CA Report

Cyber attacks in Kenya rose to 11.2 million in first quarter, CA Report

Business, Cyber Security
Kenyan organisations were hit by about 11.2 million cyber threats, being a 10.1 percent increase in the number of incidences, in the first three months of 2019 when compared to the previous quarter. This is according to fresh Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) data indicating that its incident response centre detected growing cases of malware, web application attacks, system misconfiguration and online abuse. CA’s cyber intelligence team consequently issued 14,078 cyber threat advisories to the affected organisations, an increase from the 12,138 alerts during the previous period. Cyber security threats are estimated to have cost Kenya’s economy about Sh29.5 billion, a recent report by tech consultancy firm Serianu said. The rise in cyber threats has forced firms, especially
Cisco Supports Digitization in Africa through Its NetAcad Program

Cisco Supports Digitization in Africa through Its NetAcad Program

Broadband, Startups, Technology
Speaking at the Cisco Connect conference, the company promises to support the digitization in African communities, businesses, and governments through its initiatives for development, innovation, and job creation on the continent. David Bunei, the Country General Manager for Cisco East Africa and Indian Ocean Islands, said: “We are living in a world that is changing faster than ever imagined. We are inspired by the prospect of an economy with abundant jobs, a place where entrepreneurs can thrive. Our goal is to enable small and medium businesses to accelerate their growth by helping them access our world-class technology.” One of the initiatives is the Networking Academy (NetAcad) program that aims at providing students hands-on digital skills to better prepare them for their