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Internet Solutions Kenya hires US firm to upgrade its fibre network

Internet Solutions Kenya hires US firm to upgrade its fibre network

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Internet Solutions Kenya, formerly Access Kenya Group, will spend 280 Million to upgrade its fibre network across the country in collaboration with a US firm. Telco Systems, the hired US firm, will upgrade the data service provider’s fibre network in the next 12 months, increasing its capacity to 10 gigabit ethernet. This will allow customers to get speeds of several gigabytes at any point on the network. With the upgrade, IS clients can access faster data carrying service on the fibre network and improved service quality. In the exercise, the IS Kenya network will be fully automated, allowing for the quick provisioning of new and existing services, a simplified deployment of the network and simpler maintenance activities. The company is looking to leverage the upgraded network to cater
Mobile Brand seeks to Transform Rwanda into regional ICT Hub

Mobile Brand seeks to Transform Rwanda into regional ICT Hub

Internet, Technology
Huawei has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the government of Rwanda to open all-round cooperation in the ICT industry. The MoU is intended to assist Rwanda in building Regional Data Centers, National Broadband, Smart Grid and Smart Education among other infrastructures to promote Rwanda to become the regional Technology Hub. Huawei also donated a Smart Education Demonstration to the Rwandan government to help promote the smart education development process. As part of its CSR efforts in Rwanda, Huawei will roll out its global CSR flagship Program Seeds for the Future in Rwanda to cultivate more localtechnology talent. “Huawei is a leading International ICT company. Rwanda attaches great importance to the impetus from ICT industry to the economic and social development. I expe
Internet user gender gap widens to 12% in 2016

Internet user gender gap widens to 12% in 2016

Internet, Women
Despite worldwide endeavours, the global Internet user gender gap widened from 11% in 2013 to 12% in 2016, with the gap highest in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) (31%) and Africa (23%). Moreover, Internet penetration rates remain higher for men than women in all regions of the world. This is according to a report from The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development's Working Group on the Digital Gender Divide, co-chaired by the GSMA and UNESCO. The report also sets recommendations to address the barriers women face in access and use of the internet. The report highlights key action areas for different types of stakeholders as part of the group's efforts to ensure that all women and girls can fully participate in the online world. Structural inequalities remain and impede women’s
Ecommerce firm Launches a local platform to boost local manufacturers in Kenya

Ecommerce firm Launches a local platform to boost local manufacturers in Kenya

Internet, Technology
E-commerce company, Jumia, in a bid to promote local products across countries in Africa has launched a service platform called ‘Jumia Local’ in Kenya. This platform would help promote the salesand patronage of locally made goods by Kenyans. Jumia management noted that they  believe manufacturing in Kenya brings great benefits to the country. They are hence seeking  to support the entrepreneurs who are investing in Kenya by clearly labelling their products, thus giving customers the chance of buying local consciously Through this program. The local Jumia program is expected to help manufacturers navigate through the very ambiguous competition in the market and showcase their products to more people than just their immediate environment customers. To maximize the moment, Jumia said vendo
Telkom to roll out free Wi-Fi in 290 constituencies

Telkom to roll out free Wi-Fi in 290 constituencies

Internet, Technology
Telkom Kenya Limited has announced that it will be rolling out free Wi-Fi through government funded Constituency Incubation Hubs in 290 constituencies across the country. This initiative, a partnership of the Ministry of ICT and the National Constituency Development Fund (NCDF), will see Telkom Kenya install 1,160 Constituency Incubation Hubs, 4 per constituency, which will be equipped with 40 tablet devices, per incubation hub. Managing Director of the Enterprise Division at Telkom Kenya, Kris Senanu says the Hubs are aimed at benefiting youth entrepreneurs by way of helping them develop their ICT skills and applications. “We are excited about the roll-out of this new government project. As a strategic partner to the Kenya government’s national ICT agenda, Telkom Kenya is able to