Tag: east africa

Safaricom withdraws decision to terminate post-pay tariff

Business, Internet, Mobile
In Summary Rather than cancel the tariffs, Safaricom says it will either increase the cost of each bundle or decrease its size at the current rates to maintain its customers while ensuring profitability. The telecoms firm last year announced that the tariff would be shelved as it was loss-making. The Karibu post-paid tariff currently has two price plans; customers pay either Sh1,000 or Sh2,500 per month for a mix of talk time, text messages and data bundles. Safaricom has hinted that it will only revise terms of use for its Karibu post-paid tariff, offering reprieve to more than 100,000 subscribers who were braced for termination of the service. Reports Mugambi Mutegi  of nationmedia.com The telecoms firm last year stopped taking applications from new subscribers and annou

Intel trains 400 women to use ICT in national decision making

Business, Internet
Intel has completed the training of 400 women under its recently launched "Intel She Will Connect programme". The training conducted at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) in Nairobi, targeted women drawn from The League of Kenyan Women Voters, and was done in collaboration with the Ministry of Devolution and Planning. Reports CIO The League of Kenyan Women voters is a non-partisan member organization that aims at  providing a forum through which women can take part in national decision making processes and in leadership. It also acts as a medium where women can freely exchange views and ideas with the aim of encouraging their participation in leadership irrespective of their background and political orientation. The Intel She Will Connect program was launched in Africa

Telecommunications operator Africell to acquire Orange Uganda

Broadband, Business
Africell, one of the fastest growing mobile telecommunications operators in Africa, announces it has completed the acquisition of Orange Uganda. The transaction will add to Africell's portfolio 700,000 subscribers, as well as a 2G - 3G - 4G network. Africell has now reached 11 million active subscribers, a 700% increase over five years, and expects to end the year with over 12 million subscribers. Ziad Dalloul, Chairman & CEO of Africell, said: "Africell's acquisition of Orange Uganda presents a great opportunity for us to replicate the success we have achieved in other territories. This is an important strategic step for the company; this acquisition will add substantial growth to our portfolio which already includes the fastest growing network in DRC and another two operations ...

Annual Connected Kenya Summit grows to East Africa

Business, Internet
Connected Kenya Conference just got bigger. Starting from April next year, the event now in its 7th year will play host to East African delegates. Already, a team at ICTA has been planning the event with the theme and venue set to be released soon.  The conference is marked to be held on the days preceding to Easter holiday. The Connected Kenya Summit, first held in 2009, is the brainchild of the ICT Authority in consultation with ICT industry players and key government decision makers. Its aim is to establish a platform for collaboration, capacity building and knowledge sharing between government and the ICT sector with a view of linking and hastening implementation of government IT projects to world-class standards.

Study: How are ICTs impacting Governance in East Africa?

Internet
Much as has been said of the promise, potential and progress of ICTs in the East African region. Governments, non-governmental organizations, private sector players, citizens and other stakeholders are embracing ICTs in interesting and innovative ways that merit further study. It is for this reason that iHub Research, as part of the ICT4Democracy East Africa network, is undertaking a project to assess how ICT tools are being used for various aspects of governance in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. We want to identify, describe and analyze conditions under which ICT tools can/have successfully facilitate(d) or hinder(ed) two way interaction between government and citizens towards reducing the cost of delivering public services, stemming corruption and increasing transparency and accountability...

Eastern Africa member countries discuss Sharing Internet Infrastructure

Broadband, Internet
Eastern Africa member countries are currently deliberating on how they can put up regional internet exchange points to contain local Internet traffic and reduce costs associated with traffic exchange between Internet Service providers. Reports All Africa In a weeklong forum jointly organised by African Union Commission, East African Communications Organisations, The East African Community and Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the 11 partner states are focused on ensuring that internet traffic is routed locally, which according to experts will help improve Internet service providers efficiency. The countries present include; Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Mauritius, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Somalia, Sudan and Eritrea. Currently internet traffic across the region ...

East African parliament seek harmonisation of internet access

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The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) has called on member states to make internet access and communication in the region seamless. The regional lawmakers urged industry regulators to encourage all mobile operators in the region to adopt a single network, as applied by Airtel Africa. In order to harmonise roaming on call costs, EALA also wants the Council of Ministers from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda to introduce a uniform price cap regulation for roaming mobile costs within the East African Community, the Monitor reported. The House was informed that although the region had made important strides in the development of an ICT Policy and regulatory framework, regulators needed to emphasise timely implementation and update their e-strategies. In order to be holist...

East Africa is the ‘future BPO global hub’

Broadband, Business
East Africa could become one of the the world’s leading business process outsourcing (BPO) centres, organisers of the just-ended Kenya Information Technology (IT) Week have said. More than 100 senior executives representing the region's largest enterprises and government organisations gathered for the event that Tejpal Bedi, chairman of Kenya IT and Outsourcing Services (KITOS), officially opened. Events management firm, Kinetic Events, organised the gathering. “East Africa is setting itself up as a BPO hub of choice due to the ongoing introduction of data centres as well as significant investment in human capital and infrastructure development,” Marcia van Jaarsveld, marketing specialist at Kinetic Events, said. BPO is the contracting of a specific business task, such as payroll, to

Vodacom Tanzania signs deal for M-Pesa partnership

Mobile
With East Africa continuing to push into the mobile money sector, Vodacom Tanzania announced it has inked a new agreement with the Tanzania Revenue Authority for an M-Pesa partnership. The announcement has been well received and is likely to spur further growth in the mobile money sector in the East African country. The new deal will allow vehicle owners to pay for licenses through the mobile money scheme, allowing business to move more smoothly and with ease, the company said. TRA Director of Tax Payers Services and Education, Richard Kayombo, said that M-Pesa “will go a long way in easing the purchase of vehicle road licenses.” Approximately $1.2-million in road license payments were transacted already in the first two weeks of the service. The furthering of mobile money schemes in E

What east Africa needs to become truly an IT hub

Internet
East Africa has made great strides in technology. Last year Time magazine dubbed Kenya ‘Silicon Savanna’ due to the country’s ICT revolution. However, the region’s ICT sector still faces numerous challenges. John Kieti, manager of m:lab East Africa, a mobile innovation and entrepreneurship development facility, points at internet connectivity as one of the major challenges in the region. more