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All posts tagged "Kenya"

  • Kenya’s internet access continues to experience growth

    Kenya The Communications Authority of Kenya has revealed impressive data about Kenya’s internet access. According to them the number of internet users in the country has grown to reach 26.1-million. This translates to 64.3 per 100 inhabitants with access to internet. Data/internet subscriptions grew by 10.8% to reach 16.4-million during the second quarter of the 2014/15 financial year, October to December 2014. Coming as no surprise, the report reveals that the majority of users continue to access the internet through their mobile phones. The increased uptake has been attributed to the number of promotions carried out by various service providers and...

  • M-pesa dethrones Safaricom as Kenya’s leading Superbrand

    M-Pesa, the mobile payment service, has ascended to the throne of Kenya’s leading Superbrand. That's according to a survey released today. M-Pesa dethroned its parent brand and the predecessor, Safaricom to take top spot in the survey, which incorporates the views of both marketing experts and Kenyan consumers. Though Safaricom lost the number one spot to its sub-brand M-pesa, it still performed strongly and managed to finish third. The last survey of this kind was in 2012. M-Pesa was followed by the Kenyan Red Cross Society and Safaricom in the second and third positions respectively. The survey was conducted by London...

  • Airtel partners with Kenya Revenue Authority to allow for tax payments on mobile

    Airtel Kenya has partnered with Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA). The partnership will make it possible for Kenyan citizens to make tax payments of up to KES 140 000 per day through the Airtel Money Service. The taxman is strict, some may even go on to say that at times mean, unnecessarily so. Either way the universal agreement is that however passionate you want to cheat on someone, let it not, even if the feeling is strong, be the taxman. It has been proven over and over again that nobody cheats the taxman and gets away with it. But giving...

  • Kenyan Twitter from A to Z: everything you need to know about ‘Kitter’

    Last year the newly launched Nendo Ventures release its report on the Kenyan social media landscape. The report highlighted 15 key trends that is shaping and informing the Kenyan social media landscape. It also provided some insights into how Kenyans behave on social and their consumption patterns. The team is now taking a step further with its latest report unpacking Kenyan Twitter (Kitter) by alphabetising it. The report -- which has just been released -- is part of a series the company is releasing on the African Twitter landscape. Kenyan Twitter A to Z is the first of four,...

  • Disrupt everything: 11 Kenyan exciting startups worth your time right now

    We love Kenya. So much so we recently headed to the East African country for some fun times with startups. So ahead of the trip, we thought we will list some startups that caught our eye in the last while. How do you pick 11 great startups to write about? You reach out to the community. And the community delivered. By no means is this the definite list of Kenyan startups, these are the ones that we are aware of right now and our community loves. These guys are disrupting and changing the way tech is used in businesses and...

  • Governments take note: SAP public sector innovation roadshow hits Johannesburg

    Governments (at least South Africa's) is perhaps the last place anyone would expect to find an ounce of innovation, but SAP Africa, the enterprise software leader's continental subsidiary, is hoping to change this. The company's public sector innovation roadshow has today kicked off in Johannesburg, which offers solutions to specific government-level public sector issues, including "unemployment, quality of life, service delivery and economic opportunities for small and midsized enterprises." SAP notes that innovation in the public sector is key for governments in basic service delivery, filling economic craters and driving transformation in the private and public sectors. The company's Cloud and...

  • Africa’s mobile ways fit in well with us, says Twitter

    Twitter seems hell-bent on pushing its business solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses, and like many big tech companies, Africa has entered its sphere of thought. Last week, the social media platform officially launched in Africa via a partnership with contextual ad network, Ad Dynamo. It was announced a month ago that Ad Dynamo had partnered with Twitter to become its exclusive advertising partner in South Africa. Highlighted as one of Twitter’s fastest-growing markets when the company went public, South Africa has an estimated 5.5-million Twitter users (a 129% increase in just a year). We caught up with Ali Jafari, Twitter's head of Europe,...

  • Going for broke: the Brideprice app just won’t quit it seems

    Last week I wrote a piece about a cheeky Nigerian app that allows you or your significant other to calculate your Brideprice value. In the week since I discussed the app's questionable motives and commentary on society it seems to have gone viral. Here is a quick refresher for those who haven't heard about the app yet. Created by Nigerian digital agency Anakle: The app takes the user through a series of questions about yourself (if you are a curious female) or your potential mate, or friend, or whoever. Once you have gone through the many questions provided,...

  • 15 key trends shaping Kenya’s social and digital media landscape

    Kenya has long been at the forefront of digital innovation in Africa, with products such as M-pesa, Ushahidi and BRCK. It seems the digital revolution is set to continue growing according to a new report on the country's digital and social media landscape. According to the report's creators -- Nairobi-based strategy and storytelling consultancy Nendo Ventures -- there are 15 trends that are shaping the country's digital landscape. The lengthy document authored by Mark Kaigwa, Odanga Madung and Samer Costello highlights how brands, governments and audiences will use social media in the next year, as well as the rise of a smart...

  • We might be buying less stuff but mobile commerce is still booming

    Mobile commerce is booming. Currently worth around US$1.5-trillion, the global mcommerce market is expected to be valued at around US$3.2-trillion by 2017. While that kind of growth might seem difficult to conceive of right now, it's worth bearing in mind that the mcommerce space has still got a lot of room to grow in. The latest study by mobile entertainment body MEF for instance reveals that only around 65% of mobile media users globally have used their device to purchase goods or services. At the moment, digital goods, spurred by the growth in freemium business models and...

  • Google, non-profit Refugees United join forces for world’s first charity ‘Hangout-a-thon’

    If you've watched a reasonable amount of TV in your lifetime, chances are you're familiar with the concept of the charity telethon. Some of the more famous ones include Comic Relief's Red Nose Day and Sport Relief, and the BBC's Children in Need. Well over the last little while, the format's been dragged into the online space thanks to Google. Non-profit Refugees United will today join Google+, Mashable and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) as one of the partners in the first ever live "Hangout-a-thon," a 12-hour event on Google+ that will feature content from a variety of non-profits,...

  • Praekelt Foundation, Wikimedia team up to bring free Wikipedia to Kenya

    How often do you reach into your pocket for your smartphone and use Wikipedia to settle an argument? Whether you're using mobile data or Wi-Fi, it's unlikely you ever stop to think about how much that data actually costs. But for some people those costs are very real and when it comes to a choice between eating and looking up something on Wikipedia, eating's going to win every time. There have been various attempts to make sure no one has to make that choice over the past few years, the latest of which sees South African-based NGO the Praekelt...

  • Kipochi brings Bitcoin to Africa through M-Pesa

    Kipochi just launched its Bitcoin transfer service in Kenya using M-Pesa as its running platform. This service would allow people across Kenya to send and receive funds abroad with extremely low transaction fees using the crypto online currency -- Bitcoin. A few months ago, we heard rumours about Bitcoin ATMs in Africa. Although sounding disruptive, it doesn't really take advantage of Africa's unique market and has been implemented before. According to Quartz, M-Pesa accounts for as much as 31% of Kenya's GDP. This is Kipochi's main focus. The company recently ran a Q&A thread on Reddit which showed much...

  • Measurement Lab, Google want to help Africans measure their internet quality

    There are loads of people who are concerned about how much internet access Africa has. In trying to address that concern it's also easy to forget that we should also be thinking about the quality of internet the continent is getting. To help fill this information gap, the Measurement Lab Research Consortium (M-Lab) has launched its first locations in Africa, in partnership with TENET in South Africa, and KENET in Kenya, Google Africa, and many other industry and academic partners. According to Google, M-Lab is a collaborative effort to provide a global, publicly available source of data on network performance....

  • From Ushahidi to Al Jazeera: the role of mobile in Kenya’s elections

    The people of Kenya will today start voting in a presidential election. Things have been tense in the lead up to polling day and mobile will play a critical role in both the monitoring and reporting of the situation on the ground. The poll is set up to be a race between Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, the sons of Kenya's first president and vice president respectively, and is expected to be one of the most important in the country's recent history. During the last elections in 2007, the polls descended into violence. The majority of the Kenyan...