Tag: Rwanda

Rwanda  introduces anti-epidemic robots in fight against coronavirus

Rwanda introduces anti-epidemic robots in fight against coronavirus

Rwanda has enlisted the help of five anti-epidemic robots to battle the virus, the East African country has 314 confirmed cases of the virus as of May 22. The robots were donated by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to the Kanyinya treatment center that treats Covid-19 patients in the capital city, Kigali. The robots -- named Akazuba, Ikirezi, Mwiza, Ngabo, and Urumuri -- were received by the country's Minister of Health and Minister of ICT and Innovation last week. Today, at Kanyinya Treatment Centre, @UNDP_Rwanda handed over five (5) Smart Anti-Epidemic Robots to the Government of Rwanda, represented by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of ICT and Innovation. pic.twitter.com/PVeTMYJHQu — Ministry of ICT and Innovation | Rwanda (@RwandaICT) May 19, 2020 They w

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.

Safaricom Vs Equity Bank: May the best telco win, says Uhuru Kenyatta at the 6th East African Business Summit in Kigali

Business, Mobile
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday said he declined to be drawn into the battle between Safaricom and Equity Bank over use of thin SIM card, instead urged those lobbying him to allow competition to drive the market. Reports Nation Media Addressing business leaders during the 6th East African Business Summit in Kigali, Mr Kenyatta said there is a greater need to allow rivalry in order to deepen mobile money transfer saying this will increase benefits to users. Cheaper and better products “Some people came to me to say that licensing this or that will have consequences but I told them the competition between the firms including that of my friend Bob Collymore (Safaricom chief executive officer) is good for the market. Let them (Equity and Safaricom) fight out. All we want is

Safaricom’s bid for low roaming tariffs thwarted by Rwandan government

Broadband, Mobile
Kenya’s largest telecommunication company Safaricom has cancelled plans to lower all costs and roaming rates between Kenya and Rwanda. Reports CNBC Africa Following introduction of new levies on international calling and roaming tariffs by the Rwandan government between the two countries, Safaricom decided to suspend the proposed tariffs. Safaricom had earlier had intended for its customers visiting Rwanda to make calls to Rwanda's networks at 10 Kenya shillings, a 60 per cent drop from the initial rate of 25 Kenya shillings per minute. “This new developments make it impossible for operators in Kenya and Rwanda to go ahead with the planned downward revision in tariffs. We will therefore revert to the previous tariffs even as we push on with efforts to ensure that we have affordable ca

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

President Kagame chairs Smart Africa Alliance board meeting

Business, Internet
“We are here because we appreciate the importance of technology, particularly ICT, for development of our countries and our continent. The goal of today’s meeting is to guide immediate action for making Smart Africa a reality and to start placing ICT firmly at the center of Africa’s development agenda.” reiterated President Kagame as he  welcomed members of the Smart Africa Alliance and reiterated the importance of information technology in achieving development. On the last day of the 23rd African Union Summit, President Kagame hosted the first board meeting of the Smart Africa Alliance. The meeting brings together nations that signed on to the Smart Africa Manifesto. Signed in Kigali by seven Heads of State including Uganda, Kenya, Mali, Burkina Faso, Gabon and the Republic of South S

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 ...