Author: Lynn Wandia

Zuku back on top reclaiming fixed internet spot from Safaricom

Zuku back on top reclaiming fixed internet spot from Safaricom

Business
The latest industry data from the Communications Authority shows that Wananchi-owned Zuku is back on top and has reclaimed the top spot in fixed internet connections from Safaricom. This is in the last three months since December to control 35 percent of the market. Communications Authority said Zuku had 175,433 fixed home and internet connections as at end of December while Safaricom had 165,810 connections. Zuku grew subscribers by 23,885 in the review period compared to Safaricom’s 11, 207. Safaricom had emerged top in the quarter to September with the leadership switch reflecting heightened competition between the two for control of the local fixed internet market. Its market share stood 33 percent in December compared to 34 percent in September. “During the period under re
Peter Ndegwa takes over as CEO at Safaricom succeeding Bob Collymore

Peter Ndegwa takes over as CEO at Safaricom succeeding Bob Collymore

Broadband, Business, Internet, Mobile
Peter Ndegwa takes the leadership reins as Safaricom’s first Kenyan CEO, to succeed Bob Collymore, who died of cancer on July 1, last year, a move that will make him the first Kenyan to run the giant telco. He takes over from founding CEO Michael Joseph, who has been holding the position in an acting capacity since. The 51-year-old incoming CEO takes the reins at a time when businesses have been hard hit by the coronavirus global pandemic, meaning that he might have to work from home on his first day. But he was upbeat about the task ahead of him, seeing both the challenges and opportunities that the pandemic presents. “It is time to serve my country. There are two things that I value most, and that is humility and integrity. Integrity is about doing what you say and humility is k
Twitter works to remove ‘Fake news’ tweets which could worsen COVID-19 pandemic

Twitter works to remove ‘Fake news’ tweets which could worsen COVID-19 pandemic

Internet, social media, Technology
Twitter is going forward taking extra steps to remove tweets that put people at risk of contracting the novel coronavirus as it rapidly sweeps through communities around the globe. On Wednesday, Twitter updated its safety policy to prohibit tweets that “could place people at a higher risk of transmitting COVID-19.” The new policy bans tweets denying expert guidance on the virus, encouraging “fake or ineffective treatments, preventions and diagnostic techniques” as well as tweets that mislead users by pretending to be from health authorities or experts. Twitter says Protecting the conversation The power of a uniquely open service during a public health emergency is clear. The speed and borderless nature of Twitter presents an extraordinary opportunity to get the word out and ensure pe
Women and girls join the internet revolution

Women and girls join the internet revolution

Internet
The internet revolution is coming, old news in much of the world but not in Chad, a tech laggard where women languish at the very back of the line when it comes to connectivity. With just 6.5 percent of the population online, the landlocked African nation of Chad has the sixth-lowest rate of internet usage in the world, according to the latest World Bank figures. Women are even more cut off than Chadian men as so few own phones, literacy rates are low, and cultural norms dictate that tech jobs go mostly to men, according to advocates. But since the emergence of a handful of tech hubs, coding classes and start-up accelerators in Ndjamena, women have started breaking into the field - and are now pushing hard to ensure others are not left behind. "Technology is something that will c
Does Kenya have the necessary skills for AI?

Does Kenya have the necessary skills for AI?

Governance, Internet, Technology
The lack of access to free, up-to-date and machine-readable government data stands in the way of Kenya tapping into opportunities brought by artificial intelligence (AI), a Nation Newsplex analysis reveals. The country tops Africa and ranks 52 globally out of 194 countries on the government’s readiness to adopt artificial intelligence (AI) in public services but only manages positions seven in the continent and 78 out of 94 globally in the availability of government data, according to two key reports. The Government Artificial Intelligence Readiness Index 2019 report, by the International Development Research Center (IDRC) and Oxford Insights, factors in 11 inputs grouped into four main categories — governance, infrastructure and data, skills and education as well as