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Kenya ranks among top ICT users in Africa

By Ben Kinyanjui

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) innovations are delivering home-grown solutions in Africa, transforming businesses, and driving entrepreneurship and economic growth, says a joint report published by the World Bank and African Development Bank (AfDB), with support from the African Union.Innovations in ICT now a driving force across sectorsInnovations in ICT now a driving force across sectors

The report, eTransform Africa: The Transformational Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Africa provides new data on the technological revolution that is taking place in Africa and its transformational impact on the continent’s development.

M-Pesa mobile money transfer system continue to stir global mobile phone industry


By Ben Kinyanjui

M-PESA mobile payment ecosystem has pushed Kenya to be a leading player in mobile for development, says the World Bank in its new report released Wednesday.Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore has a duty to ensure M-Pesa remain topSafaricom CEO Bob Collymore has a duty to ensure M-Pesa remain top


The report says highly Safaricom led M-Pesa platform has led to other innovations like the Nairobi-based AkiraChix that provides networking and training for women technologists.

Mobile telephony subscribers increase as postal services stagnate

By Ben Kinyanjui

The number of mobile phone subscribers in the country has increased to 29.2 million between January and March 2012 up from 28.08 million in December last year.Most Kenyans now own a mobile phoneMost Kenyans now own a mobile phone

According to the third quarter sector statistics for the financial year 2011/2012 released by the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) Tuesday, 89.10 per cent of the population has access to mobile telephony.

Innovation to propel development in Africa, says experts

By TFN and Agencies

The second Open Innovation Africa Summit ended in Nairobi Wednesday with an inspiring, vibrant group of Africa’s top innovators committing to a firm path forward for innovation across the continent.Dr Bitange Ndemo called for more innovations in AfricaDr Bitange Ndemo called for more innovations in Africa

Information and Communication  Permanent Secretary  Dr Bitange Ndemo, challenged many of the continent’s brightest minds to identify opportunities and challenges, and then plot an actionable plan  that will boost innovation in Africa.

World Bank to hold open Innovation Africa Summit in Nairobi next week


By TFN Reporter

More than 200 of Africa’s top policy makers, developers, entrepreneurs and private enterprises meet in Nairobi next week to discuss the role of innovation in development.World Bank Country Director Kenya Mr Johannes Zutt World Bank Country Director Kenya Mr Johannes Zutt

The experts are expected to engage in three days of intense debate at the Open Innovation Africa Summit (OIAS) held in Nairobi.

Kenya’s telecommunications sector on the spotlight as Safaricom stops unlimited internet bundles

By Ben Kinyanjui

Mr Walter Nyamai was excited when the first fibre optic cable landed in Mombasa almost three years ago. To him and thousands of Kenya’s internet users expected not only faster speeds but also cheaper rates.Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore says unlimited Internet bundles doe not make business senseSafaricom CEO Bob Collymore says unlimited Internet bundles doe not make business sense

But Mr Nyamai’s excitement has turned into a big disappointment. While Internet speeds improved considerably, prices have not dropped as expected and the recent move by Safaricom to discontinue the sale of its unlimited data bundle product got him thinking whether the multi-billion shilling investment in fibre optic was worthy.

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