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Number of mobile subscribers dips slightly but Safaricom remains market leader

By TF News Reporter

The number of mobile subscribers in the country dipped from 30.7 million to 29.8 million between January and March this year.CCK switched off unregistered SIM cards last yearCCK switched off unregistered SIM cards last year

According to the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) quarterly Sector Statistics Report for January to March 2013, the decline was mainly attributed to the de-activation of 2.4million unregistered SIM cards during the quarter.

Paynet partners with MasterCard to drive local migration to EMV cards

By TF News and Agencies

 

MasterCard has signed a deal with regional card processor Paynet Group to partner in a local initiative geared towards encouraging the switch from magnetic strip to EMV cards.Banks are expected to adopt improved card technologiesBanks are expected to adopt improved card technologies

Dubbed “The Great Migration to EMV Chip,” the local initiative brings together various stakeholders in Kenya’s banking and payments technology sectors in an effort to hasten the switch to EMV cards. EMV, an acronym for Europay, MasterCard and Visa, is the globally accepted standard for enhanced card payments security.

Visa and Equity Bank launch new money transfer service

By Ben Kinyanjui

Visa in Kenya has announced the launch of Visa Personal Payments (VPP) in collaboration with Equity Bank.Equity CEO James Mwangi is pushing for cashless business transactionsEquity CEO James Mwangi is pushing for cashless business transactions

Visa Personal Payments is a convenient, cost-effective and secure way for consumers to send money directly to recipients with Visa cards, both domestically and internationally.

Debate on GMO foods import ban rages on six months later

By Ben Kinyanjui

It is over six months now since former Public Health Minister Mrs Beth Mugo imposed a ban on imported genetically modified foods into the country but the debate on its merit and demerit continues unabatedOutgoing Agriculture PS Romano Kiome rekindled debateOutgoing Agriculture PS Romano Kiome rekindled debate.

Outgoing Agriculture permanent secretary Dr Romano Kiome added fuel to the debate a fortnight ago when he said the ban was political and had no consequences at all.

Kenyans to enjoy quick and easy cashless bus ticketing with BebaPay

By TF News Reporter

Equity Bank and Google have announced BebaPay, Kenya’s newest cashless innovation to make payments easy and more convenient for consumers and merchants targeting the public transport sub-sector.Public transport operators expected to use new technologyPublic transport operators expected to use new technology

With BebaPay, bus passengers can sign up for a card and top up for free at Equity agents. Customers can also top up their cards via mobile money. BebaPay helps to overcome the problem of using cash and receiving the correct change when paying for public transport on the bus or "matatu".  BebaPay is the first payments system of its kind for Kenya.

New applications to find schools and health centres unveiled in Kenya

By TFN Reporter

New digital applications developed by the media and the civil society are making it easier for Kenya citizens to find the best schools and health centres, as well as monitor crime trends and election issues.PS Bitange Ndemo says ICT will help address complex issuesPS Bitange Ndemo says ICT will help address complex issues

The innovative internet-based applications were developed and hosted by three media houses and a non-governmental organization under the Code4Kenya.

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