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
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.
Jamii Telecommunications has launched its Faiba 4G mobile network in Nairobi, a move expected to fuel a data price war with competition Safaricom, Telkom Kenya, Airtel and Equitel. Faiba Mobile will be JTL’s next frontier after aggressively pursuing broadband connectivity in the corporate, home and retail market segments in Kenya. Jamii Telecoms will offer mobile phone services with the prefix 0747 after the company invested Sh5.1 billion in its network infrastructure and successfully launched commercial trials. Getting its footing in an already crowded race, JTL will have to fend off increased competition in the data market already hogged by telecom giant Safaricom which is growing its mobile data and the home internet market with Safaricom Home. Faiba 4G, which is expecte
Mobile has become a platform of creating and consuming innovative digital solutions not only in Kenya but in Africa. A number of reasons are driving this trend- including the expansion of advanced mobile networks. Also, phone manufacturing companies are launching new smartphones every month, with improved features with every upgrade. However, a good number desire to own these devices but are financially limited. Lipa Later (Swahili term for ‘pay later’), a flagship product of Odyssey Capital is solving this financial problem. With its partnership with tech companies some of which include Samsung, Tecno Mobiles, Sony Kenya, Oppo, Huawei and other authorized dealers and distributors, you can own any smartphone of your choice and pay in monthly installments. Mobile
Mobile telephony is changing Africa, for the better. Once called the Dark Continent, the mobile phone revolution has lightened up the possibilities of economic prosperity in Africa. According to GSMA Mobile Economy Africa Report 2016, in 2015 mobile technologies and services generated 6.7% of GDP, or $150 billion, in Africa and this is further likely to increase to 7.6%, or $210 billion, by 2020 as mobile services increase productivity. Mobile phones have not just transformed the way people communicate long distance, they have also changed the way they make financial transactions. If there is one real example of how mobile money has transformed the lives of people, it is Kenya’s M-Pesa. An MIT study last year found that M-Pesa has lifted 2% Kenyan households out of poverty between 2008