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Telkom to roll out free Wi-Fi in 290 constituencies

Telkom to roll out free Wi-Fi in 290 constituencies

Internet, Technology
Telkom Kenya Limited has announced that it will be rolling out free Wi-Fi through government funded Constituency Incubation Hubs in 290 constituencies across the country. This initiative, a partnership of the Ministry of ICT and the National Constituency Development Fund (NCDF), will see Telkom Kenya install 1,160 Constituency Incubation Hubs, 4 per constituency, which will be equipped with 40 tablet devices, per incubation hub. Managing Director of the Enterprise Division at Telkom Kenya, Kris Senanu says the Hubs are aimed at benefiting youth entrepreneurs by way of helping them develop their ICT skills and applications. “We are excited about the roll-out of this new government project. As a strategic partner to the Kenya government’s national ICT agenda, Telkom Kenya is able to
Uber raises taxi prices in Kenya

Uber raises taxi prices in Kenya

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Taxi-hailing app company Uber has increased its fares, giving in to pressure from their drivers and MPs. The company has suffered many attacks the biggest battles being the final surrender in China, the CEO’s apology after a rant to a US driver-partner, and an announcement that drivers matter, after they went on strike asking for better rates. The drivers and legislators had said higher fares would be beneficial to its thousands of independent contractors and level the playing field for other players. The firm had in July last year lowered its prices by 35 percent in a move to encourage more riders on the road, to help increase trips for drivers, but according to drivers, the prices were not sustainable. The firm now says it realizes it only works when both riders and driver-partner
Google Ramps Up Investment in Fiber Optic Cable, Training Africans

Google Ramps Up Investment in Fiber Optic Cable, Training Africans

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Google is laying 621 miles of fiber optic cable in Uganda to help expand its existing efforts in the country — like internet training — that have been deterred by slow transmission rates and high data costs for the skyrocketing number of Africans who own smartphones. “We laid about 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) of fiber in Uganda and we are busy doing about 1,000 kilometers in Ghana,’’ Google’s South Africa head Luke McKend said in a phone interview. “We want to make sure that we cover all the bases. We want to train people and make sure that they have the devices and are able to connect to the internet.’’ About 1 million people in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa have been trained by Google over the past year, yet many had to complete their courses with limited internet access due to unre

Pay-TV in the African market set to hit US$6bn

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The revenue of African pay TV stood at US$4.4 billion in 2016. This is however forecasted to reach US$6 billion by 2021 reports IT Web Africa. According to market research firm Dataxis, Africa's pay-TV subscribers stood at approximately 18.7 million in 2016, which represents an increase of approximately two million subscribers compared to the 2015. Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) is the fastest growing platform, up 31% from 1.7 million to 2.2 million and increasing its overall market share from 13% in Q2 2014 to 14% in Q2 2015. Approximately 22% of all new subscriptions over the period were to DTT platforms. Dataxis research also reports an IPTV subscriptions increase 24% from 250 000 to 310 000, with Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Services (MMDS) up 10% to 460 000 and c...

Youngster unlocks Africa ’s greatness with logical mathematical intelligence

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Across Africa, mathematics is often viewed as an impractical, ivory tower pursuit but not to a 13 year old, Jemal Abraha from Eritrea Africa. The sixth grade boy is has been nick named afters the Ancient mathematician Archimedes after developing a mathematics theory that associates a person’s phone number to generate their age. The formula is an incredible solution which incorporates various mathematics equations on a person’s phone numberwhich ultimately generates their age. This creative innovation has triggered Apple, one of the biggest tech giant in America, to respond in full support of Jemal’s education and a fulltime work opportunity after graduation. How encouraging. As a continent, we’ve sweated over underdevelopment, dissected underperforming schools, gutted standards an