Author: Nasha Harper

Telkom Kenya hits 4 million subscribers in six months

Telkom Kenya hits 4 million subscribers in six months

Mobile
Telkom Kenya has announced that its subscriber base has increased by one million and reached 4 million subscribers in six months. To celebrate this, the telecommunications firm launched a promotion to reward 50 subscribers with a Toyota Belta. Telkom is now set to invest in the second phase of network modernisation and expansion of 3G and 4G networks throughout the country. “In 2017, we completed the first phase of our national backbone and metropolitan transmission network. Our 4G network is currently available in 32 towns and urban centres across the country. We have also doubled its capacity and coverage on the 3G Network, improving our customer experience,” Telkom, Chief Marketing Officer Levi Nyakundi said. According to Nyakundi, the rapid acquisition of new customers is a re
Tanzanian Government seeks to extend mobile money interoperability

Tanzanian Government seeks to extend mobile money interoperability

Mobile
The Tanzanian government has urged Mobile Money operators, within the country, to register transactions with a central banking infrastructure as authorities seek to extend interoperability to all service providers. The interoperability agreement will enable customers to make payments from the mobile money account of one provider to the mobile money account of another provider. New regulations state that operators must connect services to the National Switch – the platform already used by other finance providers to ease fund transfer and expand customer access to banking infrastructure such as ATMs. Tanzania became the first country in Africa to introduce interoperability between mobile money services in 2014. The proposed policy will enable instant transfers between customers
Alepo & Smart Link Communications to launch Algeria’s first public WiFi service

Alepo & Smart Link Communications to launch Algeria’s first public WiFi service

Broadband, Internet, Startups
Alepo, a provider of core network and IT software solutions for communications service providers, has announced that it has been selected by Smart Link Communications (SLC), an Algerian internet service provider, for its public wireless broadband service. As part of the first public WiFi network in Algeria, SLC will deploy the complete Alepo WiFi monetisation solution, including AAA infrastructure, real-time charging and policy control, prepaid voucher management, and more. Alepo will deploy a solution that will support the WiFi monetisation requirement, as well as offload in the near future. According to SLC, by selecting Alepo, the firm will be able to accelerate their overall return on investment (ROI) by creating new revenue streams with a flexible and robust captive portal that...
According to CA, Lack of National Framework for Naming Streets has Affected E-Commerce

According to CA, Lack of National Framework for Naming Streets has Affected E-Commerce

Business, Technology
Lack  of a national framework for naming streets and numbering of properties has affected e-commerce uptake in the country. According to an Article by Business Daily, this was said by The Authority’s assistant director, Martin Ngesa. He added that lack of a national framework to guide naming of streets and numbering of properties had also affected the movement and business in counties. However, Ngesa said that the confusion of having streets with similar names in different cities could be solved if its proposals for a universal National Addressing System (NAS) are adopted. A national addressing system (NAS) is a framework that provides for, among others, the naming/numbering of streets and/properties and coding to facilitate easy identification and location of such places o
Kenyans  purchasing Valentine’s gifts online

Kenyans purchasing Valentine’s gifts online

Internet, Technology
With Valentine’s day around the corner, the annual Mastercard Love Index indicates that Kenyans are turning to online retail outlets to purchase their gifts. There has been 183 percent increase in the number of e-commerce transactions taking place from 2015 to 2017. The Mastercard Love Index looked at shopper behaviour in more than 200 territories around the globe identifying purchasing trends. It also analysed credit, debit and prepaid transactions across the past three Valentine periods (11th-14th February 2015-17). “Technology is playing a key role in changing consumer behaviour, helping people to search for their perfect gift online and having it delivered to their doorstep. This type of purchasing indicates some level of planning,” says Chris Bwakira, Vice President and Area B