Technology

Innovation Is The Key To Keep Africa’s Growth

Innovation Is The Key To Keep Africa’s Growth

Internet, Technology
According to the African Development Bank, Africa is the continent with the world’s second fastest growing economy. There’s little doubt that our vibrant continent is making great strides towards a bright future, with our economy expected to grow by 3.4% in 2017 and 4.3% in 2018, according to research in the African Outlook Report. Children across Africa’s rural communities are being left behind – and with more than 70% of the continent’s population living in rural areas, this is a major problem. The same report shows that at least half the population resides more than 25km from the nearest fibre connection. It’s clear that while we may be celebrating the growth of connectivity in cities, last-mile connectivity is still a major stumbling block. While the Internet School contai
Safaricom Rebrands  logo & Tagline after 17 years

Safaricom Rebrands logo & Tagline after 17 years

Mobile, Technology
Safaricom has been at the forefront of Kenya’s mobile communication needs for almost two decades now. From the days of lining up for hours in order to access the ‘Simu Ya Jamii’ to getting your first phone which had to be sustained by airtime of over 500 Bob to a time where we can access mobile loans in seconds just shows that nothing is impossible with Safaricom. The Telco Giant launched a new logo, not so different from the old one and dropped its long-time tagline, “the better option” for “Twaweza”, a Swahili word, meaning we can. With the new changes, Safaricom’s CEO, Bob Collymore said that the telco giant was now focused on building a more human network that leverages the strength of their talent. We are now able to connect to other parts of the world at incredible speeds t
OLX Kenya is cutting advertising prices for smartphones and tablets

OLX Kenya is cutting advertising prices for smartphones and tablets

Mobile, Technology
Classifieds online firm OLX Kenya has cut advertisement prices on its mobile and tablet categories in a move it says will attract sellers seeking high visibility on their platform. OLX users will now cost Sh 500 down from 2,000 previously charged for a seven-day visibility period while 30 day is now Sh. 2,000 from Ksh 6000 and 60-day visibility will now cost Sh 4,000 down from Sh 10,000 for mobile phone or tablet on the platform. The changes in price will now have users enjoy more visibility on OLX at lower costs hoping to get even more sellers selling their items faster. “Following a consumer feedback we sampled among our mobile and tablet sellers, we have now slashed prices in the high traffic mobile category to cater to our users’ needs of wanting a high visibility at affordable
Safaricom Sets Up Kenya’s First Telecommunications Lab

Safaricom Sets Up Kenya’s First Telecommunications Lab

Mobile, Technology
Safaricom , Kenya's largest mobile service provider has launched the country’s first ever telecommunications lab for fast tracking the deployment of new technology and solutions. Located at the firm’s headquarters in Nairobi, the lab replicates Safaricom’s entire networking – billing platform and application servers such as M-PESA, 4G networks, Safaricom’s cloud, microwave, etc in a single room. The Telecomm firm has collaborated with a number of industry players including Cisco, Huawei, Nokia and others who have donated equipment and expertise to the lab, which is located at the firm's headquarters in Nairobi. Safaricom's more than 27 million customers will benefit from this investment, which will see fast tracking of deployment of new technology and solutions. Previously, the inh
Struggling Kenyan Uber drivers in fear of rising taxi competition

Struggling Kenyan Uber drivers in fear of rising taxi competition

Technology
Uber Kenya, already one of the company’s most affordable services in the world, charges a minimum fare of $2.90. The company announced in April  that it will be introducing an even cheaper service at half that price, $1.45, by allowing its drivers to use much older, lower-quality cars. The San francisco based company has quickly expanded across parts of Africa, where it is seen by those signing up as drivers — or “partners” in the Uber lingo — as a rare job opportunity on a continent with stubbornly high levels of unemployment. But the service has stirred debate over how low fares should go, and the company has faced a series of strikes from South Africa to Lagos. This month, drivers in Lagos, Nigeria’s biggest city, went on strike after fares were slashed by 40 percent. Faced with