Safaricom launches ‘Shukrani KochoKocho’ promo to reward its customers

Safaricom has today unveiled a new promotion to reward its customers. Dubbed “ Shukrani Kocho Kocho Kenya Nzima”, the ten-week campaign will reward more than 5 million Safaricom customers across the country with more than KES 250 million in prizes. In addition, more than 100 Safaricom customers will walk away with a KES 1 million […]

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Applications for the Sanofi VivaTech challenge extended to February 22nd

Global pharmaceutical company Sanofi has announced the extension of the registration period for the call for proposals for this year’s VivaTech, an annual technology conference, dedicated to innovation and startups to February 22nd 2019. According to Sanofi Kenya Country Chair and General Manager Peter Munyasi, the extension will allow more start-ups to register for the […]

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The Mastercard Love Index shows rising e-commerce spending in Kenya

The annual Mastercard Love Index indicates that Kenyans are willing to dig deeper into their pockets to make their partners happy and that they are going online to do it, there has been a 152% increase in the number of e-commerce transactions between 2016 and 2018. The Mastercard Love Index, which is created by analyzing […]

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BRCK acquires local public WiFi provider Surf

Hardware and connectivity startup BRCK has announced that it has acquired local public WiFi provider Surf and parent company EveryLayer. The Kenyan startup made the announcement at Africa Tech Summit Kigali as it seeks to become one of the largest public WiFi networks in Sub-Saharan Africa. Surf has been accelerating and expanding high-speed access across […]

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Jack Ma’s Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative applications open in March 2019

The Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI) will officially call for applications starting from the 27th of March 2019. ANPI is a  US$10 million Prize competition for African entrepreneurs, founded by the Jack Ma Foundation in August 2018. Each year for the next ten years, the Prize will host a pitch competition in Africa where ten […]

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MTN Uganda CEO deported over national security concerns

MTN Uganda Chief Executive Officer, Win Wim Vanhelleputte has been deported from the country over what the government is describing as national security concerns, Media reports from Uganda indicate that Vanhelleputte was deported yesterday evening aboard Brussels Airlines on the orders of the country’s  Internal Affairs minister Gen Jeje Odongo. He becomes the fourth employee […]

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Vodacom and Facebook partner to launch Facebook Flex in Lesotho

Vodacom has announced a new partnership with Facebook to launch Facebook Flex, a connectivity service that allows peoples to stay connected with news updates all free of charge. With Facebook Flex, customers will be able to switch between free and date modes where users will still be able to like, comment, share content all without […]

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Loon sets up new Ground Stations in Nyeri ahead of commercial launch in Kenya

Loon has announced the installation of a new set of ground stations in Nyeri, marking another step on the road towards the commercial launch of services in Kenya. The Nyeri site adds to similar ones in Nairobi and Nakuru. According to the company, this is a key step towards the deployment of commercial service in […]

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MTN selects Oracle Cloud Applications to drive digital transformation

South Africa based mobile telecommunications major; MTN has chosen Oracle Cloud Applications to drive one of the largest digital transformations in the global telecom industry across all its core business operations. The implementation will help MTN drive efficiency, scale operations and integration across its local and regional operations. “MTN and Oracle partnered in 2018 to […]

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Infor Lands $1.5 Billion Investment Ahead of Potential IPO

Infor, a New York-based cloud software specialised by industry, has landed a massive $1.5 billion investment from its existing shareholders Koch Equity Development, LLC (KED) and Golden Gate Capital. This investment builds on KED’s investment of more than $2 billion in early 2017, and it represents an important milestone as Infor considers a potential IPO […]

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Safaricom Announces New Bundles That Offer Both Calls and Data

Safaricom has today announced new “All in One Monthly Bundles” that will see customers enjoy discounted data and calling rates in one package. The bundles offer customers a choice of five price options including KES 1,000, KES 2,000, KES 3,000, KES 5,000 and KES 10,000 for a 30-day bundle. Based on their needs, customers have […]

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Facebooks opening its first Sub-Saharan Africa Content Review Centre in Kenya

Facebook is opening its first content review centre in Sub-Saharan Africa in Nairobi Kenya. The company has partnered with Samasource – one of the largest digital employers in East Africa and a leading social enterprise to open the center. It will employ approximately 100 reviewers by the end of the year, who will support a […]

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Startups: Why you should apply for the Sanofi VivaTech 2019 challenge

Viva Technology (Vivatech), an annual technology conference, dedicated to innovation and startups takes place in less than three months. The conference will be held in  Paris, France from May 16th to 18th, 2019.  Pharmaceutical company Sanofi recently launched three challenges for African healthcare startups to find innovative solutions that can help improve access to healthcare […]

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Google and Kenya Scouts Association launch 2019 edition of Web Rangers programme

The Kenya Scouts Association, with the support of Google yesterday launched the 2019 edition of Web Rangers, a youth programme for online safety at an event to mark Safer Internet Day. The initiative has been implemented in over 15 countries and was launched in Kenya in 2015. This year, Web Rangers is expanding its reach […]

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Nairobi Garage opens third business hub in Karen

Nairobi Garage, a premium business hub for innovative and growing businesses has launched new premises in Karen, now offering three state-of-the-art hubs creating an interlinking coworking network spanning the whole of Nairobi. The new space in Karen offers 14,000 sq ft of workspace, making the total workspace provided by Nairobi Garage across its three locations […]

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Facebook partners with African NGOs for Safer Internet Day 2019

Tomorrow, on 5th February the world will be celebrating Safer Internet Day (SID) 2019, a day set aside to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology especially among children and young people. To support this day, Facebook has announced that it has partnered with more than 20 African NGOs and government agencies in […]

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Samsung is working on industry’s First 1TB memory chip for smartphones

Samsung now says it has begun production of industry’s first one-terabyte (TB) embedded UFS, for use in next-generation mobile applications.

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icolo.io starts construction of its Nairobi Data Center

icolo.io, a leading provider of carrier-neutral colocation services in Africa has commenced the construction of its new data centre in Kenya. The new Data Center called NBO1 is located in Karen Nairobi and will be second data centre from the company following the construction of the first data center in Mombasa. Construction of the data […]

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Startups: Here’s how to qualify and apply for the Sanofi VivaTech challenge

Pharmaceutical company Sanofi recently launched three challenges for African healthcare startups to find innovative solutions that can help improve access to healthcare and transform the health ecosystem throughout the continent. The challenge was launched in partnership with VivaTech, an annual technology conference, dedicated to innovation and startups. Technology is transforming how healthcare is delivered in […]

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Updated: You have until 13th Feb to Pre-order the Huawei Y7 Prime 2019 on Jumia

Huawei unveiled the Huawei Y7 Prime 2019 in Kenya this week. The device is Huawei’s latest mid-range device in the Y series featuring  6.26-inch Dewdrop display, 13MP AI Camera with a f/1.8 wide aperture lens, and an octa-core Qualcomm SoC Snapdragon 450. It also comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage and […]

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Smart viewing with LG 8K AI television

You’re all geared up for Africa cup of nations –or, if football isn’t your thing, maybe you’re anticipating the IAAF world championships. Either way, you have your pizza, your beer, or you’re brand-new, beautiful OLED TV. But is that OLED giving your ultimate immersive experience? This year, LG will be upscaling their experience on the […]

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Lava enters the Kenyan phone market, unveils a number of smart and feature phones

Indian phone maker Lava international has finally launched in Kenya. The company yesterday unveiled its low-cost feature phones and smartphones at an event held at the Intercontinental Hotel, in Nairobi. The company said their launch in Kenya is part of its aggressive business expansion in international markets with plans to also expand to Nigeria, Ghana […]

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Standard Chartered to launch digital-only retail banks in Kenya, Uganda and Ghana

In response to the growing consumer demand for innovative banking services, Standard Chartered has announced that it will launch its digital solution in four key markets during the first quarter of 2019. The bank will first launch the services in Uganda in January, followed by Tanzania in February, with Ghana and Kenya to follow Standard […]

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Huawei unveils the Huawei Y7 Prime 2019 in Kenya for Ksh. 17,999

Huawei Mobile Kenya has today unveiled its latest device in the Y Series, the Huawei Y7 Prime 2019. The device was launched at an event held at the New Stanley Hotel and will retail at Kshs 17,999. Pre-orders for the phone also kicked off today until 7th February and Huawei says consumers who pre-order will […]

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Taxify partners with Stanbic Bank and Renault Kenya to roll vehicle financing for drivers

Taxify has entered into a new partnership with Stanbic Bank and Renault Kenya, to offer vehicle financing for Taxify drivers. Under this partnership, Renault Kenya, a sub-brand of Simba Corporation, will provide Renault KWIDS with engine capacity of 800cc and fuel efficiency of 24km/litre to Taxify drivers. Individual drivers are expected to benefit 100% financing […]

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Kalon Venture Partners leads a $1.5M round investment into SA startup Flow

South African venture capital firm Kalon Venture Partners has announced a lead investment of $1,465,400 in local proptech platform Flow, an app that rewards tenants for good behaviour. With Flow, the first app of its kind in the world, tenants in South Africa get rewarded for registering, adding their property details, paying their rent on time, […]

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Nokia 3.1 Plus, Specs, Price and availability in Kenya

The Nokia 3.1 Plus comes in Baltic and Charcoal colours and is already available in the market -selling for an estimated Ksh 17,500.

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Safaricom’s M-PESA Global nominated for Global Mobile Awards 2019

Safaricom’s M-PESA Global has been shortlisted for the Global Mobile Awards 2019 (GLOMO Awards). The service which was launched in November last year has been nominated under the Best Mobile Innovation for Commerce. M-PESA global allows all M-PESA customers to send money to any individual across the world through a variety of channels including directly […]

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Sanofi VivaTech challenge calling on African startups to innovate health, here’s how to apply

Sanofi Kenya has launched three challenges for African startups in partnership with VivaTech. The challenges are for the startups to find innovative solutions to improve access to healthcare and transform the health ecosystem throughout the continent. These solutions will then be pitched at VivaTech, an annual technology conference, dedicated to innovation and startups, to be […]

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HP names Elisabeth Moreno VP & Managing Director for HP Africa

HP has announced the appointment of Elisabeth Moreno as the new Managing Director for HP Inc. Africa effective immediately. Based in Johannesburg, Elisabeth Moreno takes over from David Rozzio who will move to another leadership position at HP, leading its Central Europe cluster. In this new role, Moreno will be responsible for providing country leadership […]

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CDC announces new investment to support high-growth SMEs in Nigeria

CDC, the UK’s development finance institution, has announced a new investment designed to support high-growth SMEs in Nigeria. CDC has made a US$15 million commitment to CardinalStone Capital Advisors Growth Fund (“CCA”), a first-time, Nigeria-focused fund that targets SMEs across six sectors: agriculture, industrials, FMCG, healthcare, education and financial services. CCA will use CDC’s capital […]

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Andela raises a further $100M in new round of funding

Andela has today announced the completion of a $100M Series D funding led by Generation Investment Management with participation from existing investors including Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, GV, Spark Capital, and CRE Venture Capital. The most recent financing brings Andela’s total venture funding to $180M. Andela was founded in 2014 to connect Africa’s engineering talent with […]

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‘Collection #1’ data breach leaks more than 700M email addresses

In what has been described as one of the largest data breach in history, the Troy Hunt owned Have I Been Pwned? (HIBP) website last week revealed another huge cache of breached email addresses and passwords. Known as Collection #1, the data breach is said to have leaked more than 700 million emails and passwords. […]

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Huawei has officially unveiled the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro in Kenya

Huawei has unveiled the Huawei Mate 20 series which include the Mate 20 and the Mate 20 Pro in Kenya. The two devices were launched globally in October 2018. Remember the Mate 20 series is traditionally Huawei’s highest-end offering, featuring the year’s latest technology. The Huawei Mate 20 will retail at Ksh.74,999 while the Huawei […]

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Jumia wants to grow its products offering to 10 million in 2019

Jumia wants to cross 10 million products offering on its e-commerce platform in 2019, with new brands exclusive on the platform. The e-commerce leader also plans to grow its market place and vendors on the Jumia platform. This is according to Jumia MD Sam Chappatte. Sam was speaking during an interview with TechTrendsKE to share the company’s […]

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Safaricom Introduces I.T Security Solutions For its Enterprise Customers

The services include Managed Security Solutions, Security Assurance and Advisory services as well as Managed Security Operations Center solutions and will enable the customers to access a wide range of security solutions to protect their information technology (I.T) systems.

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Nokia 5.1 Plus is getting hot slice of Android Pie

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, has announced that the Nokia 5.1 Plus will now begin receiving the latest Android operating system, Android 9 Pie. With Android 9 Pie upgrade arriving on the Nokia 5.1 Plus, a total of seven Nokia smartphones would be running the latest Android OS, giving users access to the […]

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Zimbabweans turn to VPNs following internet shutdown by government

Zimbabweans are turning to Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology to circumvent an apparent government internet shutdown according to leading VPN comparison site BestVPN.com. The restrictions have resulted in a spike of interest in VPNs among Zimbabwean internet users, according to internal data from BestVPN.com. The comparison site recorded a 1,560 percent increase on Monday and […]

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MEST opens applications for its $50 MEST Africa startup Challenge

MEST Africa has opened applications for its second annual MEST Africa Challenge, a Pan-African pitch competition for tech scale-ups based in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa or Cote d’Ivoire who are ready to expand into new markets. This year’s finalists from each country will attend the MEST Africa Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, June 10-12, 2019, […]

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WorldRemit has launched low-cost digital money transfers from South Africa

Digital money transfer service WorldRemit has launched its low-cost digital money transfer service from South Africa to over 145 destinations worldwide. Using the WorldRemit app or website, customers can now send money as easily as sending an instant message to global destinations including Zimbabwe, Mozambique, the United Kingdom, India and Pakistan. According to the World Bank, South […]

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Microsoft South Africa appoints Lillian Barnard as new Managing Director

Barnard, the current Director for Public Sector at Microsoft, will replace Zoaib Hoosen who has resigned after nearly five years at the helm.

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Branch raises Ksh 500M arranged by Centum-owned advisory firm, Barium Capital​

All commercial paper issuances have been arranged by the Centum-owned advisory firm, Barium Capital. This latest investment will be used to expand Branch’s services in Kenya.

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Editorial: What Will the Next Phase of Smartphone Innovation Bring?

By Hark-sang Kim, Senior Vice President, Head of Visual R&D Team, Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics In light of modest global sales recently, some observers say that smartphone innovation has hit a bottleneck, as new devices bear more iterative upgrades instead of groundbreaking features. Others even predict that the smartphone era may be coming to an […]

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The Need To Explore Space: Tunapanda Institute Plans to Open A Space Exploration Facility in Kibera

Tunapanda Institute was started 6 years ago by Jay Larson and Mick Larson, two globally nomadic brothers from the US with the aim of spreading digital skills globally, starting with Africa. The institution’s model of training young people for three months in practical skills in the fields of technology, design, and business has proven to […]

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Fuliza M-Pesa Overdraft Facility is finally here: Everything you need to know

Safaricom has now made it possible for M-Pesa customers to send money or pay for goods and services even when they have insufficient funds in their accounts after the company rolled out Fuliza to all subscribers on its mobile money platform. This is not actually the first time we’re hearing of Fuliza. The service was […]

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The 2019 trends impacting mobile on the African continent

According to the GMSA Mobile Economy 2018 report for sub-Saharan Africa, mobile subscribers rose by 44% in 2017 and this was further bolstered by an increase in smartphone penetration that rose by 75%. Mobile broadband is anticipated to comprise 87% of total connections by 2025 across 690 million smartphones.  According to Joachim Wuilmet, Head of […]

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Safaricom has opened applications for its 2019 technology internship program

Safaricom has opened applications for its 2019 technology internship program. The Safaricom Technology Academy is a 3-month internship program that is targeted to Ongoing Kenyan Degree Students. The internship positions are within the Technology Division and report to various designated supervisors. Students will undergo an internship program which includes a combination of job and functional exposure, work assignments […]

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Government wants police officers to undergo compulsory ICT training

The Kenyan government wants all police officers to undergo a compulsory six-month training on Information and Communication Technology (ICT). According to Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i the training is aimed at equipping the officers with basic knowledge and skills to handle the newly launched automated information management system which will be rolled-out across the country. […]

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The LG Signature OLED TV R, the world’s first rollable TV is finally going on sale

At CES, LG Electronics outlined its entire TV lineup for 2019. One notable TV, the LG Signature OLED TV R (65R9) with a display that can roll up and disappear into the base is one of these TVs that are expected to go on sale this year. The 65-inch display LG Signature OLED TV R (65R9) […]

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CA is warning of Emotet malware targeting local network systems

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA), has warned of a new malware targeting network systems in the country. Known as ‘Emotet’, CA through the National Computer Incident Response Team Coordination Centre (National KE-CIRT/CC), says it has so far detected 11 cases targeting local institutions. Emotet is an advanced and destructive banking Trojan affecting network systems. […]

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Telkom introduces Free Zones with free calls for its pre-paid voice customers

Kenya’s third largest mobile operator Telkom has launched Free Zones for its pre-paid voice customers. The Telkom Free zones according to the operator is part of its commitment to offer more value and benefit to its customers. Telkom Free Zones are selected areas where Telkom Kenya offers free calls, all day and all night, with […]

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Facebook’s growing momentum in Africa (Infographic)

2018 saw Facebook grow its momentum and step up its investment in Africa. Today, more than 139 million people across Sub-Saharan Africa come to Facebook every month, of which nearly 98% come back on mobile. Have a look at the infographic below to see Facebook’s year in numbers, projects and highlights and learn how it […]

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LG makes the shift to 5G

Imagine a world where houses are self-cleaning and electrical grids responding automatically to fluxes in energy demands. Think about virtual reality, or even augmented reality devoid of the annoying lag that are often in today’s networks. Or should I put it as, living in a smarter and more connected world? From the very basic mobile […]

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Instagram Update That Lasted 10 Minutes!

An hour ago Instagram tried an update that was very different from what we know it and the backlash made a turnaround to old layout in a record time of 10 minutes. It’s difference was a tap on post rather than the scroll down layout. 👇🏾👇🏾 There has been no response from Instagram but on […]

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Liquid Telecom has partnered with Code for Africa to map air pollution in Kenya

Liquid Telecom Kenya has partnered with Code for Africa (CfA) to install air quality sensors in 3,000 sites across Kenya. The sensors will be installed in a phased rollout at Liquid Telecom Kenya’s towers country-wide and powered by the company’s new Internet of Things (IoT) Low Power Wide Area (Sigfox LPWAN) network. The nationwide rollout […]

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8K OLED TV is Here With Us

In the next few years, you could actually be binge-watching your favourite show in a self-driving car, or checking who is knocking at your door without actually rising from the comfort of your couch. A while back 4K filming and streaming went mainstream through making picture quality clearer. But who knew it could go to […]

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What’s Good for 2019? 5G Network

2018 has been a great year for technology.  It is the year that saw the awe-inspiring scientific and technological advances that have the potential to change our lives in dramatic ways come close to realizing their potential. IBM released its ‘Five-for-Five’ report, highlighting amazing technological advances that will have a real impact on lives in […]

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Dimension Data Solutions to launch its digital business solutions in 2019

Dimension Data East Africa, trading as Dimension Data Solutions Limited has announced plans to launch its digital business solutions in East Africa in 2019. Using big data and analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies the firm says it will start deploying niche solutions targeting its core client segments of financial services, public sector, telecommunications, […]

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Western Union and TerraPay partner to expand payout options to Mobile Wallets across Africa

Western Union, has announced a new partnership with TerraPay to enable mobile wallet and bank account payout options across Africa, Europe, Asia and Latin America. The partnership further expands upon Western Union’s account payout network for sending remittances directly into customers’ mobile wallets across these regions. TerraPay’s low value payments network connects financial instruments internationally. […]

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Mastercard, DPO Group partner to boost Pan-African merchant payments

Mastercard and Africa’s leading payment service provider, DPO Group have entered into a new partnership to enable more than 40,000 African merchants to accept Mastercard payments. The collaboration will enable DPO to act as a Pan-African switch by using the Mastercard Payments Gateway Services (MPGS). DPO will now be able to independently authorise transactions without […]

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Africa eCommerce Week: Africa had 21 million online shoppers in 2017

Africa had 21 million online shoppers in 2017 according to a report by UNCTAD, the United Nations body that oversees trade for development. The report notes that mobile connectivity is fueling e-commerce in countries like Madagascar, Uganda and Zambia, priming them to better engage with the digital economy. The report was released at the ongoing […]

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LG HomeBrew, LG’s home beer making machine to Debut at CES 2019

LG Electronics (LG) will debut a capsule-based craft beer making machine, LG HomeBrew, at CES 2019. A winner of a 2019 CES Innovation Award, the state-of-the-art device makes the brewing process incredibly easy thanks to its single-use capsules, optimized fermentation algorithm and convenient self-cleaning feature, the ideal product for anyone seeking the satisfaction of creating […]

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Ecobank names MFS Africa Ltd as its Digital payment partner

Ecobank has announced the appointment of MFS Africa as its Digital payment partner enabling cross-platform payment services for Ecobank account holders. The partnership allows Ecobank customers to send and receive money to and from over 170 million mobile money users through an integration with MFS Africa that covers all Telcos in the MFS Africa Hub. […]

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Year in Search: What Kenyans Searched for on Google in 2018

Google yesterday released Year in Search 2018, an overview of the searches and questions that drove Kenyans online throughout the year. The trending searches in 2018 were mainly dominated by events and personalities. Kenyans’ enthusiasm for football was once again seen in the fact that ‘World Cup 2018’ took the top spot in the trending […]

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More collaborative efforts required to fight mobile money fraud and cyber crime, says DPP

The Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji has called on all stakeholders in financial institutions and banking sector to work together to strengthen the fight against mobile money fraud and cybercrime. Speaking this week during a forum that brought together stakeholders in banking and financial sectors, Haji noted that there was need to fortify governance and law enforcement […]

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Kwesé launches Kwesé Play, its VOD streaming service in Kenya

Kwesé has announced the launch of video-on-demand (VOD) streaming service in Kenya. Known as Kwesé Play, the Econet subsidiary says the service is the centrepiece in its new Kenyan broadcasting strategy and a first in Kenya. The new VoD service will deliver the fastest streaming services in Africa, offering diverse VOD content from global video-on-demand […]

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MTN has launched a new music streaming service in South Africa

MTN has launched a fully inclusive time-based music streaming service through Simfy Africa, a local music streaming service in South Africa. Known as MusicTime!, the launch comes just a month after MTN announced that it had acquired Simfy Africa. MusicTime! is a fully inclusive time-based music streaming service, offering users premium trending and locally relevant […]

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Canon unveils its full-frame EOS R Mirrorless Camera in Nairobi

Canon has unveiled its full-frame Canon EOS R Mirrorless Camera System in East Africa at a press event held in Nairobi. Over thirty years on from the original, era-defining EOS launch, the bold, new EOS R Full Frame Mirrorless Camera that expands photographic possibilities in countless ways. According to Canon, the new RF lens mount […]

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Cellulant is building a single payments API for Africa’s fintech companies

Cellulant has announced plans to build an application programming interface (API) for Africa’s payments companies to solve payment problems in Africa. The interface according to the Pan-African payments company is also expected to grow eCommerce and improve cross-border remittances in the region. Speaking at the CIO 100 Symposium held in Naivasha Kenya last week, Felix […]

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Safaricom Introduces ZURI, an AI Chatbot to manage customer queries

Safaricom has introduced an artificial intelligence (AI) Chatbot to manage customers’ queries. Known as Zuri, the chatbot is currently available on Telegram and Facebook Messenger and will enable over 17 million Safaricom mobile data users to perform a wide range of tasks like manage subscription services including viewing subscriptions and unsubscribing from chargeable SMS services. […]

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Treasury CS Henry Rotich roots for technology-enabled procurement systems to curb corruption

Cabinet Secretary for the National Treasury Mr Henry Rotich has called on East Africa Community member states to deploy IT-enabled procurement systems to curb corruption.  He made the call when he officially opened the 11th East Africa Regional Procurement Forum (EAPF) opened in Nairobi yesterday The conference is being held under the theme Strengthening Integrity […]

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Family Bank partners with SimbaPay to launch instant money transfers to WeChat

Family Bank has partnered with London-based financial technology firm SimbaPay to launch an instant money transfer service from Kenya to China through WeChat. Over seven million customers and businesses in Kenya will now access SimbaPay’s international money transfer service to send money to China’s WeChat Pay from Family Bank’s PesaPap mobile banking application and USSD […]

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Orange and MTN launch mobile money interoperability across Africa

Orange and MTN Group have announced a joint venture, Mowali (mobile wallet interoperability), to enable interoperable payments across the continent. Mowali will make it possible to send money between mobile money accounts issued by any mobile money provider, in real time and at low cost. Mowali will immediately benefit from the reach of MTN Mobile […]

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Korea Invests $9 Million to Support Development of Science and Technology Skills Across Sub-Saharan Africa

The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) has signed an initial US$ 3.8 million grant agreement with the World Bank to support the development of science and technology skills across Sub-Saharan Africa. The grant is part of a larger US$ 9 million grant by the Government of Korea to support the Regional Scholarship […]

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Watching Made Smarter Through LG’s ThinQ AI TVs

It is 2018 and televisions are more advanced and better than ever. Televisions have rapidly evolved over the last couple of years.  Not long ago, terms like 4K and Ultra HD sounded like technology that was only suited to wealthy early adopters. Fast forward to the present times and Ultra HD is slowly becoming the […]

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Safaricom will refund customers All Mobile Data they use this weekend

Safaricom customers will get a refund of all the data they use on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th November 2018. Through a promotion dubbed “Asante Data Sunday,” Safaricom says Customers will receive the free data bonus on Sunday 25th November 2018 for use the entire day starting midnight to 11:59 PM. According to Charles Kare, […]

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Jumia Black Friday Ultimate Battle – iPhone X + Samsung Galaxy Note 9

We have previously told you about the Jumia Ultimate Black Friday 2018 deals which will begin on the 23rd of November 2018 at 9 am. On this day, customers will enjoy huge discounts on products like Unga for Ksh. 20, groceries, and even tech products like TVs and phones. And now Jumia has also announced […]

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Cellulant patners with Facebook to launch Augmented Reality (AR) powered try-on experiences on Messenger

Pan-African Payments company, Cellulant, has built Africa’s first Augmented Reality (AR) powered try-on experiences in Facebook Messenger. As part of the roll-out programme, Kenyan brand Huddah Cosmetics, has been selected as the first social commerce merchant on Mula to launch the platform; leveraging on Facebook to provide a unique product discovery shopping experience for their […]

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Mitsubish and Nissan shares fall after chairman arrest

Few hours after the arrest of chairman Carlos Ghosn yesterday, Mitsubishi and Nissan motor companies have recorded a decline in their shares at the Tokyo trade. Mr. Ghosn has been at the apex of the Japanese French alliance, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and was detained over allegations of undervaluing his annual income. Prosecutors have also indicated that Ghosn […]

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Jumia Ultimate Black Friday 2018 deals revealed: Groceries, TVs, Phones — and Unga for Ksh.20 bob

The Jumia Ultimate Black Friday 2018 deals have been revealed and there are some good ones which online shoppers in Kenya can take advantage off. The online retailer’s sale begins on the 23rd of November 2018 at 9 a.m but will be officially launched on 22nd at exactly 11:59 pm. Its circular highlights a bunch of […]

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Liquid Telecom Kenya reveals sustainability gains that have driven 20% sales growth

Liquid Telecom Kenya has published its second annual Sustainability Report revealing the internal reorganisation and value initiatives that have helped drive the company’s rapid revenue and profit growth. Liquid Telecom Kenya has invested heavily in its countrywide infrastructure and product offering to achieve consistently strong sales growth of 20% a year. The sharpest growth was […]

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You can now Lipa Na M-PESA without showing your message or give out your phone number

Safaricom has now made it possible for M-Pesa customer to pay with Lipa Na M-Pesa without having to show their message or even give out their phone number. The company has announced that it has deployed a faster and more private cashless payments at over 2,500 Lipa Na M-Pesa merchants, a move that is set […]

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Communications Authority approves Loon and Telkom Kenya’s balloon-powered Internet project

Loon has announced that it has received the necessary regulatory approvals from The Communications Authority to launch balloon-powered Internet on Telkom’s network in 2019. The company says it has already begun importing and installing ground infrastructure in Kenya. With this progress, Loon and Telkom expect to begin conducting initial tests with balloons over the country […]

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Nokia partners with rain to roll out 5G in South Africa

Nokia has deployed its 5G site for the South African operator rain in time for the operator to launch 5G services ahead of AfricaCom 2018. The launch and subsequent rollout are well aligned with the government’s strategy to connect the unconnected and improve the lives of citizens, and match rain’s main objective to provide affordable […]

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Cellulant announces partnership with 2018 Pwani Innovation Week

Cellulant today announced its partnership and title sponsorship of the inaugural Pwani Innovation Week in conjunction with Swahilipot Hub. To be hosted in Mombasa County, the first Pwani Innovation Week will take place from 3-7 December 2018  at the Kenya Coastal Polytechnic.   The highlight of this partnership will include a Concept Hack where youth from […]

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Jumia Black Friday 2018: Understanding the Jumia Flash Sales and Treasure Hunts

Jumia Black Friday is here and most of you have probably been saving for this time of the month to get your favourite smartphone, that smart tv you have been eyeing for long or even just get an early Christmas gift for your loved ones. The Black Friday started on 2nd November and runs for […]

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Samsung reveals breakthroughs in Intelligence, IoT and Mobile UX

Samsung Electronics has unveiled powerful new developer tools for its Bixby and SmartThings platforms, as well as new, powerful mobile experiences with One UI and Infinity Flex Display at the ongoing Samsung Developer Conference 2018. To make connected living a reality, Samsung is making it easier for developers and partners to quickly build, launch and […]

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Safaricom New Home Fibre Plus Package Now Combines Mobile Data, Calls and Home Insurance

Safaricom has unveiled new Home Fibre packages that will combine mobile voice, mobile data, SMS and Home Fibre as well as home insurance in one package.  Known as Home Fibre Plus, the new packages come at a time consumer preferences are shifting to a single solution that meets all their communication needs both at home […]

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Several Government websites shut down over unsettled web-hosting bills

At least six government websites hosted by Microsoft’s Azure were on Monday shutdown over what is believed to be due to unsettled debts. The affected websites include those of the Ministry of Lands, Labour, Ministry of Energy, Mining and Petroleum, and that of the Ministry of East Africa Community among others. The websites are said to have […]

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Safaricom takes M-Pesa Global Through A New partnership with Western Union

Safaricom has entered into a partnership with Western Union to launch M-PESA Global, a new service will allow anyone from virtually anywhere in the world to send money to any M-PESA customer in Kenya. In a first of its kind, all M-PESA customers can now send money to almost any individual across the world through […]

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Andela is hosting a 24-Hour Hackathon to fight “Fake News” in partnership with BBC

Andela is partnering with BBC News to host a two-day hackathon which will see participants spend 24 hours working in teams to prototype solutions to solve an element of the fake news ecosystem. Dubbed “Fighting Fake News” Hackathon, the event will take place at the Andela Kenya office in Nairobi from Friday 9th to Saturday […]

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Redington officially unveils the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max in Kenya

Apple unveiled the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max to the world in September this year. The unveiling took take place at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park premises in Cupertino. And now, Redington Kenya Ltd – Telecom Distribution has officially introduced the two iPhones in Kenya. The new iPhones will retail from […]

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Uber and Suzuki to expand UberCHAPCHAP vehicles across Sub-Saharan Africa

Uber and Suzuki Motor Corporation have entered into a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) to expand the fuel-efficient UberCHAPCHAP vehicle option across Sub-Saharan Africa. The move, according to the two partners is to allow for thousands more economic opportunities for driver-partners and more choice for riders when it comes to affordable transportation options across the […]

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Nokia 7 Plus serves first slice of Android 9 Pie

HMD Global has announced the rollout of Android 9 Pie on the Nokia 7 plus. Packed with Google’s intuitive software, and only the most essential apps loaded, HMG Global says the Nokia 7 plus serves Android 9 Pie with no bloatware, skins UI changes or hidden processes eating up your battery life. This upgrade, it […]

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Report: Remittance income will drive economic growth for Africa

Despite an economic slowdown, most African countries are reported to have a positive economic outlook. This is according to ICAEW’s (the institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) latest report. In Economic Insight: Africa Q3 2018 launched this month, the accountancy body provides GDP growth forecasts for various regions including East Africa which is […]

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 512GB model is now in Kenya

Samsung has announced the availability of the Galaxy Note 9 512GB model in Kenya.  Samsung, however, says only a limited number of units of the Galaxy Note 9 8GB RAM + 512GB ROM device will be available for purchase. Charles Kimari, Head of Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics said that limited storage was one of the […]

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