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Kenya: House team halts Equity Bank’s thin-SIM rollout

Kenya: House team halts Equity Bank’s thin-SIM rollout

Business, Mobile
The National Assembly’s Energy and ICT Committee has asked the Communications Authority (CA) to halt Equity Bank's thin-SIM card rollout until it is satisfied about the security of the technology. Nation Daily Reports The move by the parliamentary team comes two days after the regulators, CA and the Central Bank of Kenya, allowed Equity Bank to launch mobile money services using the technology. The regulators dismissed Safaricom’s objections on the new card — which will ride on existing SIM cards — saying that initial investigations showed “that no major complaints and particularly on interception of traffic of the primary SIM card have been reported so far.” Safaricom had welcomed the regulators' decision, saying they were happy with the commitment to review security on t

Kenya’s Equity Bank Allowed to deploy is Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) services

Business, Mobile
Financial provider, Equity Bank has been allowed to deploy its mobile phone banking and cash transfer service over a one-year trial period. Reports CNBC Africa   Equity Bank has been allowed to deploy its mobile phone banking and cash transfer service over a one-year trial period. PHOTO: Getty Images After much deliberation the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) gave the lender, which is Kenya’s largest financial institution by customer base, the green light to roll out its SIM card technology in order to roll out its Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) services. This is despite, the country’s largest telecommunication network, Safaricom, arguing that the SIM card poses countless security threats and should be subjected to independent audits. (READ MORE: Kenya's Equity
Funding scheme set to empower women in ICT in Africa

Funding scheme set to empower women in ICT in Africa

Internet, Mobile
[KIGALI]  A project which was launched last year in Africa is set to empower young women and girls in computer science and help them become global leaders in information and communication technology (ICT), experts say. The project, called ‘Seed Fund for Women + Girls in Computer Science’, is  aimed at extending technological entrepreneurship programmes and competition for young girls and women below 20 years old to set up technological enterprises, says Beth Garriott, a senior programme officer at Women Enhancing Technology (WeTech), the consortium managing the project. The programme’s second seed fund application was opened this week (10 August), according to the US-headquartered Institute of International Education (IIE), which leads WeTech. “WeTech [supports] a growing movement of in
Qatar Airways’ customers to pay for flight tickets via M-Pesa

Qatar Airways’ customers to pay for flight tickets via M-Pesa

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Qatar Airways passengers can now pay for tickets using M-Pesa after the airline entered into a partnership with Safaricom. Reports Business Daily Africa Qatar Airways country manager, Sami Debbiche, said that the new payment solution has been introduced to give passengers a flexible payment method. “The partnership will enable our passengers book tickets at any given time through the use of their mobile phones,” said Mr Debbiche. The deal allows Qatar's customers make online bookings or through the reservations office and pay through M-Pesa. “We are proud to be associated with Qatar Airways. Our goal is to remain relevant to market needs and this is the reason why M-Pesa is constantly seeking strategic partnerships aimed at meeting our customers

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...