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Kenya debuts new mobile numbering prefix 01xxx with Machine-to-Machine capabilities

Kenya debuts new mobile numbering prefix 01xxx with Machine-to-Machine capabilities

Broadband, Internet, Mobile
The Communications Authority of Kenya released a new mobile numbering prefix 01xxx in addition to the currently existing 07xxx. According to CA Director General Francis Wangusi, the new prefix – which is expected to take effect immediately – was necessitated by increased demand for SIM cards, mobile data and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications. According to the National Numbering Plan developed in 2002 by the authority, each prefix provides for a capacity of 100 million numbers, at the moment the prefix 07xx is exhausted. Mr. Wangusi, in a statement to newsrooms, said leading telecommunication giants Safaricom and Airtel had already been issued with 2 million (0110, 0111) and 3 million (0100, 0101, 0102) numbers respectively under the new prefix. “In view of the emergence of
Kenya counts on innovation to boost health, agriculture

Kenya counts on innovation to boost health, agriculture

Technology
Kenya is exploring the use of technology in health and agriculture to build infrastructure and create sustainability in the two sectors. The government has already begun the adoption of technology in the Universal Health Coverage as well as in the agriculture data centre to be opened by the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (Kalro). “Technology plays an important role in issues of universal health coverage (UHC), telemedicine, and distribution of drugs using drones,” said Principal Secretary ministry of ICT, Jerome Ochieng. Mr Ochieng, who was speaking during the Dell Technologies Regional ICT Conference, said uptake of the new technology will pave way for precision agriculture, which is key in food sustainability. “Precision agriculture is whe
UK Looks to Ambitious new Innovation Partnerships with African countries

UK Looks to Ambitious new Innovation Partnerships with African countries

Startups, Technology
A series of ambitious new Innovation Partnerships between the UK and Africa are expected to stimulate significant economic growth and support the creation of thousands of new jobs. The partnerships, announced by the Prime Minister as the UK strengthens ties with the region, will be established in African countries with growing tech sectors where there are young, expanding populations with ideas and innovations developing at a rapid pace. Building on the UK’s already-strong investment in science and research in Africa, the partnerships will enable UK and African entrepreneurs to share skills and ideas, and encourage future trade. The increased engagement comes after the Department for International Trade announced the appointment of a dedicated HM Trade Commissioner to Africa. Emma W
70% of Kenyans vulnerable to digital financial transaction fraud says USSD firm

70% of Kenyans vulnerable to digital financial transaction fraud says USSD firm

Cyber Security, Mobile, social media
Myriad Connect has concluded recent research that found that over 70% of Kenyans have been the victims of digital financial transaction fraud, or know someone who has. Other figures indicate 57% sms, 73% phone calls, 17% social media and 19% email were the channels through which Kenyan consumers were targeted to become victims of financial service transaction fraud. “Financial service transaction fraud in Kenya is costing banks billions and customers their life savings,” says Fabien Delanaud, GM of Myriad Connect. “While financial service transaction fraud is a global issue; Kenya has been a leader in the adoption of mobile and digital payments, which unfortunately brings with it a growing risk of fraud.” One of the most prolific forms of financial service fraud is SIM swap fraud, wh
Kenya marked Literacy Day with focus on digital world

Kenya marked Literacy Day with focus on digital world

Internet
As the world becomes increasingly digital, being to able to access technologies such as the internet and mobile phones comes with a set of new possibilities and challenges when it comes to literacy. According to UNESCO, "literacy is now understood as a means of identification, understanding, interpretation, creation, and communication in an increasingly digital, text-mediated, information-rich and fast-changing world". Kenya Friday joined other UNESCO member States in marking the 51st International Literacy Day (ILD). The Director of Adult and Continuing Education in the Ministry of Education, Irreneous Kinara said the day will be celebrated across the world under the theme of ‘Literacy in a digital world.’ National celebration of the event is being conducted at Isinya Mult