Author: Lynn Wandia

Mobile phone penetration almost reaching saturation in Kenya

Mobile phone penetration almost reaching saturation in Kenya

Internet, Mobile
Mobile phone technology is a natural evolution of technology today. As technology penetration levels rises in Kenya, Mobile phone technology draws closer to saturation. According to the Communication Authority of Kenya, mobile technology penetration now stands at 88.1%. This clearly indicates that almost every man and woman has an access to a mobile phone device with majority owning smartphones for internet connectivity. The technology has developed greatly over the years.The common challenge for most people now is not owning a device but lack of access to affordable data plans. The combination of a strong economic climate and increasing internet and mobile connectivity in Kenya has created a favourable competitive landscape which has brought more brands and cheaper devices to th...
#DataMustFall: Zimbabwe’s mobile data prices third highest in Africa

#DataMustFall: Zimbabwe’s mobile data prices third highest in Africa

Broadband, Internet, Mobile
As the #DataMustFall campaign gains traction in South Africa, data costs in neighbouring Zimbabwe are unlikely to drop - despite the country having the third most expensive mobile data in Africa. According to a Research ICT Africa report on the state of prepared market - cost of communication, Zimbabwe's cheapest monthly 1GB data package is set at US$30. The two most expensive monthly bundles in Africa were from South Sudan (US$90.83) and Swaziland (US$30.33) said Chenai Chair Researcher/Communications & Evaluations Officer for Research ICT Africa. The cheapest 1GB of data is available in Tanzania (US$0.89), Egypt (US$2.82) and Mozambique (US$2.87). At US$5.27 South Africa was placed in 16th position out of the 47 countries recorded. The report made quarterly comparisons on...
Top Ten 10 Blockchain Technologies Africa

Top Ten 10 Blockchain Technologies Africa

Business, Mobile, Startups
There are over 1,000 Blockchain companies in the world, and the number is growing daily as startups emerge.  Although global Blockchain market is dominated by companies in the UK and US, Africa makes up 1.4% of the start-ups. In Africa, Blockchain technology provides a tremendous opportunity for start-up companies to solve numerous Africa’s problems. The following are 10 Blockchain technologies Africa as reported by TechBullion. 1) AMoney AMoney utilizes a multi-rail technology to bring four rails together: the AMoney protocol, the Ripple protocol, the Stellar protocol and the Blockchain technology to unify mobile wallets in Africa and enable a large volume of low-value cross border payments. 2) BitPesa  BitPesa  provides is a world-class platform that allows users to trade
Visa launches mVisa in Kenya to compete with M-Pesa

Visa launches mVisa in Kenya to compete with M-Pesa

Business, Mobile
Visa has partnered with four banks in Kenya to launch an  Interoperable Mobile Payments Service to that will mount the first credible challenge to the country’s dominant Mpesa system. The mVisa service allows people to send money to each other’s accounts without first loading a digital wallet, as well as pay for goods and services without a point of sale machine regardless of which mobile provider is being used. The mVisa app will initially facilitate transactions for people with accounts at four banks, including KCB Group Ltd. and Co-operative Bank of Kenya Ltd., according to Visa Emerging Markets Senior Vice President Uttam Nayak. Visa, the world’s largest payment company, said mVisa should reduce the cost of remittances from overseas and, for businesses, automatically build up a l
Nairobi hosts ITU’s Global ICT Capacity Building Symposium (CBS2016)

Nairobi hosts ITU’s Global ICT Capacity Building Symposium (CBS2016)

Internet, Women
ITU’s Global ICT Capacity Building Symposium (CBS-2016) is taking place in Nairobi, Kenya from starting today 6th to 8th September 2016. The Symposium is being organised by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and hosted by the Communications Authority of Kenya. The information technology revolution is transforming our lives at an unprecedented pace. Embracing capacity building opportunities in the digital era can make a major contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. CBS-2016 is the first global event focusing on new skill requirements in the digital era following the adoption by the world leaders of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Thought leaders from all over the world will provide insights on how education and training in the field of ICTs