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
Djibouti African Region Express (DARE 1) the 4,854 km undersea fibre optic whose landing point in Kenya will be managed by Telkom Kenya is expected to be completed by June next year. “The system is on track to be ready for commercial traffic in June 2020,” the venture partners were quoted as saying. They also said that the manufacturing aspects are complete and the remaining works are progressing. “Telkom is excited to be the landing party in Nyali, Mombasa, with the DARE1 consortium, considering the benefits it has in store for the country. This investment will offer diversity in the routing of traffic and will also provide for fibre continuity, cognizant of the risk at the high seas. The development of regional backbones such as the DARE1 will also increase access to data in the regi
Google’s mother company Alphabet plans to use balloons to provide Internet in rural Uganda under its Loon project which uses large balloons carrying solar-powered equipment in the sky to send high–speed Internet signals to the ground. The head of government relations at Loon Anna Prouse, said that the company is searching for a local telco partner to start operations. “Our balloons will need to connect to physical cell towers of an operator in order to send a message to other balloons so that people in that area can be connected,” said Dr Prouse. The balloons, which are designed to stay around 20km above sea level for 200 days, will be moving by surfing wind channels predicting speeds and directions. Each carries an antenna which relays Internet signals transmitted from the ground ex
Household broadband consumption in the US is anticipated to reach as much as 330GB per subscriber during the current holiday season, according to OpenVault, a provider of technology solutions and industry analytics for broadband operators. Using historical trends catalogued over more than a half-decade of accelerating broadband growth, OpenVault calculates that consumption will increase by approximately 19 per cent between Q3 and the end of the Christmas/January holiday season. Based on the Q3 2019 average of 275GB per subscriber, OpenVault is predicting holiday mean usage of 315GB to 330GB per subscriber. According to OpenVault, per subscriber holiday consumption has risen from 38GB in 2012 to 270GB last year, as reflected in the chart below. For the first time last year, the com...
Safaricom has today announced a new type of data bundle that do not expire which is a feature users have been waiting for so long. This comes after Kenyan telcos Safaricom, Airtel and Telkom Kenya were sued over expiry of data and loss of unused Internet bundles. Most recently, the Ghanaian Ministry of Communication in a letter dated October 9, directed all Telecommunication operators in the country to stop the expiry of voice and data bundles purchased by consumers. “All unused data and voice bundles purchased by subscribers that has not been used must not expire and must be rolled over with the next recharge,” read the letter by Ghanaian Ministry of Communications. You can buy these ‘no expiry’ bundles from mySafaricom app or by dialling the usual *544#. You need to update the mySaf