Author: Nasha Harper

Microsoft launches Kaizala in Kenya, a messaging app for group communications and work management

Microsoft launches Kaizala in Kenya, a messaging app for group communications and work management

Startups
Microsoft has launched Kaizala, a mobile app designed for large group communication, work management, reporting and analytics, integrated with Office 365. Businesses using Kaizala are able to connect with large groups of people across their entire value chain, wherever they are, all on a single platform on their mobile phone. Unlike other chat-based apps in the market, Kaizala extends beyond a communication function, enhancing business agility, collaboration and organisational productivity. According to Sebuh Haileleul, Country General Manager for Microsoft East and Southern Africa, Kaizala addresses several challenges faced by most businesses in Africa who manage field staff remotely. Kaizala is available for Android and iOS phones. “Task workers working on construction s
Cellulant partners with Kenya Airways to enable online bookings through mobile money wallets

Cellulant partners with Kenya Airways to enable online bookings through mobile money wallets

Business, Internet, Mobile, Technology
Digital payments service provider, Cellulant has partnered with Kenya Airways in a bid to provide a variety of mobile and bank payment options to Kenya Airways customers paying for bookings online. This payment solution is in partnership with Pesalink, a switch which has over thirty banks in Kenya. The solution will offer bank payment options for Kenya Airways customers. Commenting on the partnership, Kenya Airways, Chief Commercial Officer, Vincent Coste noted that the airline is keen to continually offer innovative solutions at a speed to match the constantly evolving marketplace by embracing technology to enhance customer experience and increase efficiency in how it does business. “We continue to partner with the different fintech companies across the world which will help Ke
IROKOtv launches its offline kiosks in Kenya in a pan-African expansion drive

IROKOtv launches its offline kiosks in Kenya in a pan-African expansion drive

Business, Startups
After announcing it in September, IROKOtv is finally launching its kiosks across Nairobi Kenya and will over the next few weeks increasingly go live across the city in its pan-African expansion drive. In a blog post, Jason Njoku, founder and CEO IROKO said, “The big strategy for IROKOtv has been the shift from focusing on the international business and finally the big development spend on the Africa business. We are still very early but over the next five years we expect Africa to represent 99% of our subscriber base and the vast majority of our revenues.” After Ghana and Kenya, IROKO aims to launch in Uganda and Zambia where it’s already kicked off payment integration and is doing some marketing. Njoku believes expanding to city states is way better than expanding across Nigeria
Safaricom extends 4G coverage across the country in an onslaught against Faiba Mobile

Safaricom extends 4G coverage across the country in an onslaught against Faiba Mobile

Business, Internet, Mobile, Technology
Safaricom has extended its 4G network to all the 47 counties in Kenya in a competitive bid that will see clueless Jamii Telecom’s Faiba Mobile struggle to catch up. Safaricom also announced that by the month of November 2017 its active 4G subscribers had reached 1 million across the country. “The country has consistently stood out as a global innovation powerhouse and a leader in global mobile technology adoption. This milestone further cements Kenya’s position and establishes a strong foundation for future innovation,” said Joseph Ogutu, Director – Strategy, Safaricom. The company says the milestone has been achieved with its 4G network now available across all 47 counties in the country. Safaricom became the first network to rollout a 4G network in the country in December 2014.
Sun King Parent Firm Greenlight Planet Raises $60M to Finance its Off-Grid Solar Business in Africa

Sun King Parent Firm Greenlight Planet Raises $60M to Finance its Off-Grid Solar Business in Africa

Broadband, Business
Sun King solar brand’s parent firm Greenlight Planet has raised $60m in equity and debt led by London-based private equity fund manager Apis Partners with participation from existing shareholders Eight Roads Ventures and Bamboo Capital Partners. Debt investments included new disbursements from the company’s earliest institutional lenders, Deutsche Bank and Global Partnerships, as well as from SunFunder, PG Impact Investments, responsAbility and SIMA Funds. Greenlight Planet says it will use the new debt and equity capital to expand its solar-energy product lines, distribution networks, and financing capabilities in Africa and Asia.There, over a billion people lack reliable access to electricity, finding it too expensive or unavailable. According to Patrick Walsh, Co-Foun