Tag: kenya

Safaricom introduces new prefixes SIM Cards

Safaricom introduces new prefixes SIM Cards

Business, Mobile
Safaricom has announced the introduction of SIM cards with the 0110 and 0111 prefixes, targeting two million new subscribers. In a statement to media houses, the telco sim cards will be available free of charge at all Safaricom shops and dealer outlets countrywide with customers only required to activate their lines with a top-up of Sh50 airtime. Safaricom has also rolled out a new numbering system that provides its customers with the freedom to choose their own number rather than pre-assigned mobile phone numbers.  “The new 0110 and 0111 prefixes alongside our new numbering system are part of our “For You” commitment to be Simple, Transparent and Honest. We continue to invest in additional enhancements and services to better meet the needs of our customers,” the Chief Custome
Gas Refill can now be done using mobile phones

Gas Refill can now be done using mobile phones

Business, Mobile, Technology
Gas refill can now be done with a press a button on your phone. Safari Clean Gas is turning into a ‘Uber’ of gas supply, removing consumers’ hassle in refilling gas cylinders. The firm delivers their products from 8am to 10pm within Nairobi. A report by the Ministry of Energy and the Clean Cooking Association of Kenya says some consumers travel as far as 5km to reach service centres. “Households using LPG must travel nearly twice as far (5.3km) on average than kerosene users (2.9km) even though twice as many households nationwide cook with LPG compared with kerosene,” says the study dated 5 November 2019. Supa Gaz’s filled 6kg gas cylinder retails at Sh 2,200 if purchased from the USSD technology that automatically connects customers to their authorised, verified d
Easy Hang creates a revolutionary biodegradable hanger

Easy Hang creates a revolutionary biodegradable hanger

Business, Technology
An innovator, identified as Shannyce Wambui, through her company, Easy Hang, created a revolutionary hanger made entirely out of biodegradable material and can also be folded. The bank honored her effort in cleaning up the continent by producing green products through a scheme aimed at comparing the challenges experienced by female and male innovators when starting a business. Through a note posted on the bank's website, Wambui explained that she came up with the idea after working in the fashion industry for years and poor hanger designs made it difficult for her to deliver effectively. "Hangers are highly functional objects that each one of us relies on and uses daily, however, they usually go unnoticed and that is why they have remained relatively unchanged for the past 100 years
How technology has revolutionized Kenyans lives

How technology has revolutionized Kenyans lives

Internet, Mobile, Technology
Over the past 10 years, technology has revolutionized our daily interactions, transactions and even how we think. It has progressed in almost every field imaginable, with the creation of amazing tools and resources that put vital information at our fingertips. “If there is anything that has had an enormous impact on the lives of Kenyans, then it is the smartphone. It has revolutionised everything. “Education, health, banking, media, agriculture, transport, communication and e-commerce all depend on the ubiquities of the smartphone to impact lives,” says Lilian Wanzare, a computer science lecturer at Maseno University. In 2010, only a few Kenyans owned an Android-powered smartphone, despite its launch two years earlier, with the majority of the middle-class bragging t
Nairobi one of the nine innovations hub to watch

Nairobi one of the nine innovations hub to watch

Startups, Technology
Nairobi is one of the nine innovation hubs to watch globally in the coming year after climbing the world financial technology start-up ecosystem ranking by 42 positions. The country’s capital city was placed at 63 in the overall top 100 ranking in the Findexable Global Fintech Rankings 2020, a report published by research firm Findexable Limited. Nairobi is second in Africa after Johannesburg which topped the continental league table. It was followed by Lagos, Cape Town, Accra, Kigali and Kampala which formed part of the top 12 technology hubs in Africa. “Nairobi is Africa’s second largest fintech hub, with an estimated 20 percent of African fintechs and an emerging ecosystem of local investors and venture capital firms complemented by a steady rise of internat