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Kenya debuts new mobile numbering prefix 01xxx with Machine-to-Machine capabilities

Kenya debuts new mobile numbering prefix 01xxx with Machine-to-Machine capabilities

Broadband, Internet, Mobile
The Communications Authority of Kenya released a new mobile numbering prefix 01xxx in addition to the currently existing 07xxx. According to CA Director General Francis Wangusi, the new prefix – which is expected to take effect immediately – was necessitated by increased demand for SIM cards, mobile data and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications. According to the National Numbering Plan developed in 2002 by the authority, each prefix provides for a capacity of 100 million numbers, at the moment the prefix 07xx is exhausted. Mr. Wangusi, in a statement to newsrooms, said leading telecommunication giants Safaricom and Airtel had already been issued with 2 million (0110, 0111) and 3 million (0100, 0101, 0102) numbers respectively under the new prefix. “In view of the emergence of
Third Google’s Project Loon Sets up in Nyeri after Nairobi & Nakuru

Third Google’s Project Loon Sets up in Nyeri after Nairobi & Nakuru

Broadband
Loon, a balloon-powered Internet firm run by Google has announced the installation of a new set of ground stations in Nyeri, it’s third town after Nairobi and Nakuru in a move aimed at seeing it deploy the service commercially in Kenya in collaboration with Telkom Kenya. With the installation, Loon aims to kick off testing of the stratospheric balloons in a few months. Ground stations are strategically located to support  balloon access to an Internet connection. They are located in places that already have access to Internet and data services. Loon works by beaming an Internet signal from these ground stations to a balloon 20km overhead. That signal can then travel across multiple balloons and long distances, allowing Loon to provide service far from where the groun
Telkom & Airtel binding merger agreement to named Airtel-Telkom comes to force

Telkom & Airtel binding merger agreement to named Airtel-Telkom comes to force

Broadband, Business, Technology
Rumours have been running for over a year that Telkom and Airtel were planning to merge their operations in a bid to augment their product and service offerings to match the services of Safaricom. Safaricom had also been mentioned in the competition clause by both Telkom and Airtel that highlighted their inability to grow based on Safaricom’s lion’s share of the local mobile operator business. India's Bharti Airtel anouncement on Friday reut.rs/2SyMMhc that its unit, Airtel Networks Kenya Ltd, has agreed to merge with Telkom Kenya Ltd, the East African nation's smallest telecom operator is now active. A report that investigated the claims is yet to be fully examined by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) and parliament, and there is a likelihood it will be discarded
Global internet access is plunging fast due to high cost of data, billions remain offline

Global internet access is plunging fast due to high cost of data, billions remain offline

Broadband, Internet
The internet today is central to our lives. Many depend on the web to shop, bank, learn, work, date and play to a degree unimaginable even ten years ago. On the odd occasion our connection goes down we panic. Suddenly hundreds of simple day-to day tasks become inordinately difficult or time consuming. Yet, that's life for over half the world’s population which is still offline. The latest UN figures show that the rate of people getting connected is slowing. In 2007 people came online at a rate of 19 per cent annually. Last year this dropped to just 6 per cent – and the rate of growth is projected to fall further. A new report by the Alliance for Affordable internet says over two billion people live in countries without affordable internet. That means getting connected to the internet
Rafiki Power Partners with Mobisol to launch Hybrid Grids to Serve Rural Tanzania

Rafiki Power Partners with Mobisol to launch Hybrid Grids to Serve Rural Tanzania

Broadband, Startups
Rafiki Power and Mobisol have partnered to pilot a new approach labelled the Hybrid Grid for off-grid clients in rural Tanzania. combining the best of mini-grids and solar home systems to bring higher value and better service to their mutual customers at lower cost. While Rafiki Power will continue to build mini-grid infrastructure, Mobisol will complement the offer and help reduce overall costs by equipping customers lying outside the core perimeter of the mini-grid with their large solar home systems. According to Daniel Becker CEO Rafiki Power, “We are thrilled to combine the best of both worlds of mini-grids and solar home systems. Our customers stand to benefit from the improved offer, in particular in terms of access to a wider range of high quality appliances. The operat