Uganda’s parliament has bought iPads to all its 375 MPs at a cost of Ksh 32 million ($370,000), saying that the tablets will make the lawmakers more efficient by allowing them to access official documents while travelling.The total number of iPads delivered to the parliament is 384. The MPs who voted themselves more salaries (now earns Ksh 700,000) like their Kenyan counterparts are also set to receive Ksh 3.5 million ($41,000) in car loans. They can as well afford iPads but they decided to put the bill on the already heavily burdened tax payers. Parliamentary commissioner Emmanuel Dombo claim that the money used for the purchase had been generated by reducing budget for stationery. Many Ugandans criticised the purchase while complaining that they are already paying too much for the upkeep of their MPs. Meanwhile, Kenyan parliament is also planning to spend Ksh 17 million to equip its 349 MPs with the mobile devices. Kenyan MPs will be bought the devices through the Parliamentary Service Commission so as “to read the house rules on the go.” ..
Airtel Kenya and DStv Mobile have entered into a partnership that will make Airtel post-paid subscribers access DSTV content through Drifta mobile decorder for Android. With this deal, any Airtel customer who purchases a post-paid line will get a DStv Drifta free of charge. The subscribers will also get to enjoy up to 16 Channels with 3 months free subscription. How the Drifta for Android works Ø Plug the Drifta into the micro USB port of your compatible Android device (Version 4.X and supports Host Mode) Ø On your device launch the Google Play store by clicking on the Play Store icon Ø Search for ‘Drifta for Android’. Ø Follow the on-screen instructions to install the application. Ø Once installed, launch the application. Ø If you have already installed the application, plug the Drifta into your Android device and the application will automatically launch, enabling you to begin watching mobile TV ..
StarTimes Media and Equity Bank have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will see the bank’s customers across the country access soft loans that will enable them acquire approved digital television set top boxes from StarTimes and repay through a flexible six month installment plan. Through this partnership, Equity Bank customers will have access to a soft loan of up to Ksh 5,000 enabling them acquire either a StarTimes Free to Air set top box that is currently retailing at Ksh 4,999 or the Pay Television option currently retailing at Ksh 3,499 both of which will be inclusive of a one month Unique Plus Bouquet offer that retails at Ksh 2,499 giving them access to over 70 Premium television channels. The partnership is aimed at enabling more Kenyan households to acquire set top boxes ahead of the analogue television signal switch off whose first phase is expected to kick off on December 13th with the rest of the country expected to have migrated by 30th June 2014. The cost of set top boxes range between Ksh 4,000 to 6,000 depending on the functionality. ..
Muthui Kariuki was suppose to replace the current Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua as government parrot. That didn’t last so long as his position was abolished and functions under the office consolidated under the President’s Press Unit which is based at State House. Now that he is no-longer the government parrot, it is weird that he still uses the @SpokesmanKE on Twitter while he is neither speaking for the government nor authorised to speak as one as the role has a new head. ..
Airtel Kenya has unveiled its refurbished Mombasa shop located along Moi Avenue in the coastal town. Airtel customers will enjoy great discounts on various devises at the newly opened shop and will get access to all of Airtel’s range of products and offers. Airtel has also opened a new shop at the Mombasa Airport and plans to open another at Nyali by mid December 2013. The ceremony was graced by the Mombasa Governor H.E. Ali Hassan Joho who urged more companies to emulate Airtel in offering quality services to the residents of the city of Mombasa saying that his office is ready and willing to offer the necessary support to the companies with the objective of making life better for its residents. The Mombasa shop will continue to provide a range of products such as modems and variety of handsets. Customers will also continue to enjoy upgraded services such as Airtel Money services, pre and post paid services including bills payment, Airtel data settingsand airtime purchases. ..
The much talked about adult comedy movie House of Lungula premiered On Thursday in Kenya. One of the actors who met his girlfriend through Facebook decided to go down on his knees and pour his heart out. Gerald Langiri who plays Harrrison Hamisi in House of Lungula popped the question to Lyne Jumba after the premier of the movie at Century Cinemax at the Junction shopping mall. Gerald was in good company as all the cast members in the film as well as the production crew were present. Gerald and Lyne have been dating for the past 5 years. He has met Lyne’s parents while she has not met his but Gerald promise to introduce her to his parents soon. Harrison Hamisi is an overworked but underpaid bachelor who is desperately looking for money to pay for dowry for his fiancee Charity (Nice Githinji). Harrison gets the keys to his boss Patrice Lungula’s house who is away on a business trip. He rents out the house by the hour to different couples. PIC ..
Disgraced CEO of former Kenya Data Networks and now Liquid Telecoms Kenya has been sacked. Though diplomatically, Shahab is being replaced by Liquid Telecom Group’s Director of Network Strategy, Mr Ben Roberts. Shahab who was brought in by the Altech Group oversaw the near death of KDN and is not credited with anything positive at the ailing former data giant. Shahab launched a very unpopular reform which saw talented Kenyans replaced by racist but incompetent South Africans. Whenever staff demanded that he be replaced by Altech, Shahab arrogantly told the staff that Altech will never replace him. Shahab who formerly headed CISCO in the region is neither missed at KDN nor at CISCO East Africa offices which he headed. It is a quiet celebration at former KDN as Shahab goes. Shahab is an Iranian who converted citizenship to German. Shahab will be taking a soft landing as Group Head of Customer Account and Management Service. The Liquid Group’s statement announcing the exit of Shahab documents not a single success of the disgraced former CEO. ..
The Cabinet Secretary for Information and Communications, Dr Fred Matiangi insists that the 13th December switch off date for the analogue TV signal in Nairobi and its environs stands. Through a statement, the Cabinet Secretary said that as per the gazette notice No 13869 of 18th October, Nairobi and its environs (Rongai, Kiambu, Ngong’, Isinya, Athi River, Parts of Machakos, Thika and Ginthunguri) will have the analogue signal switched off. The CS insist that the dates were arrived at after consultation with stakeholders and so the Media Owners should stop creating barriers because of their unpreparedness. The media owners have tried to sabotage the digital migration claiming that there should be no rush and that the Chinese are trying to take over the country. Claims which are so untrue and selfish to say the least. StarTimes Launches its Digital Pay-TV Signal in Kisumu I support the cabinet secretary on this. I believe that we had ample time to prepare for the migration and there is no threat of Chinese takeover in the country. The threat is of a rogue media which doesn’t listen to anybody but themselves. It’s becoming a corrupt, selfish and lazy media which will never invest in futuristic technologies just because they are used to doing the things in one way. Broadcasters Crying Foul Over Signet Digital Deal Dr Fred Matiangi insists that the digital footprint stands at 80% in the country which means that we are ready for this. The Kenya media owners claims that the Chinese wants to take over our communications and media is so untrue because the same media owners have never complained about the Chinese building the transport and communications infrastructure for the government and local telecommunications providers. We must support the government to implement the digital migration so that we can free the analogue spectrum for 4G internet rollout. ..
Wananchi Group Holdings LTD (WGH), the operators of the ZUKU pay-TV brand have announced the appointment of Mr. Richard Alden as new Group CEO of the regional media and ICT Company. Mr. Alden who has been the Group’s Chief Operating Officer takes over from Mr. Richard Bell who now takes a new role as a Non-Executive Vice Chairman of the Board. The Group Chairman of the Board of Directors will still be Mr. Ali Mufuruki. Mr. Alden has 20 years of experience in the TMT industries in emerging markets in Europe and South America. From 1998 to 2009 he was the Chief Executive Officer and a founding director of ONO, the largest cable television and telecommunications operator in Spain. He was also the CFO of Groupe Videotron, Optel Inc. Richard Bell is remembered for his role in the creation of Wananchi Group and driving its expansion to current state. In 2006, he and others founded the East Africa Capital Partners (EACP), the first Venture Capital Fund Manager focused exclusively on the African Technology, Media and Telecommunications sector. He led EACP in raising its first fund dubbed Africa Technology Media and Telecommunications (ATMT) Fund 1, LLC in 2008 and joined forces with the late James Gachui, Richard Essex and Mark Schneider to become the founding investors and promoters of Wananchi Group Holdings in the same year. In 2009 the Zuku Brand consumer retail triple play and pay TV brand was born. Bell oversaw Wananchi Group increase its capital base by double to nearly US$ 300m, making the group a major the dominant VSAT data provider to the corporate market through its SimbaNet brand and taking a significant market share of the carrier of carriers business through Wananchi Telecom. Other highlights of Bell’s tenure include making the group a dominant VSAT wholesale provider to resellers across Africa through its iSat brand, growing its cable Triple Play Services in Kenya in terms of network coverage, subscriber numbers and quality of service, launching DTH Pay TV services in 3 countries in East Africa and growing the number of linear Zuku Channels by its media group from 6 to 9. ..
Orange has launched a christmas promotion on devices to reward loyal customers and attract new ones during the period. The Christmas promotion that will run till January 6, 2014, will see shoppers enjoy offers on various mobile and data devices, ranging from modems to data enabled mobile phones. Amongst these devices, Orange will be introducing the new Alcatel Pixi Dual SIM smartphone at a pocket friendly price of only KSh 5,999. The Alcatel T-Pop Dual SIM that will also be on offer will retail at KSh 6,959 with one month unlimited Internet access. In addition, the Nokia 105 non-data handset will sell for KSh 1,999 and comes with KSh 5 daily airtime for on-net calls for 365 days. The handset are targeted at the entry level market and is focused on enhancing the use of the ‘Facebook Bila Net’ service to customers who were not previously mobile data users. Facebook Bila Net allows users with very basic handsets, without internet connection or a data plan, to stay connected through this simple and affordable text based platform. Orange will also be offering the 3G 7.2 Mbps modem at a 50% discount that will see the device retail for KSh 999 with a 500MB data bundle. Other data offers include the D-Link wireless router that will sell at KSh 4,399, while small and medium enterprises (SMEs) can purchase the new Flybox for KSh 9,999. ..
British council and Bharti Airtel have launched an initiative where they will provide broadband connectivity of 5 GB per month in a three-year deal for 127 digital hubs located in schools across nine countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The partnership with Bharti Airtel will provide full internet accessibility to British council Hubs, surrounding schools and communities. Digital hubs have already by been set up through partnerships with Microsoft in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Ghana and Nigeria. British Council operates a number of similar educational programs including connection classrooms, International inspiration and Badiliko to support schools across Africa. Over 400 schools in Uganda are currently benefiting from these British council programs. ..
Kenya’s online restaurant, EatOut, has now partnered with Hellofood to offer online food ordering to its users. With the deal, EatOut users can now order food from their favourite restaurants online via Hellofood.com. Eatout has already created new buttons and banners on its restaurant pages which link seamlessly to Hellofood.co.ke. Eat Out Kenya Partner With Wazi WiFi to Offer Internet to Restaurants EatOut recently announced a US$200,000 investment which saw Netherlands based Africa Media Ventures Fund acquire an additional 7.9% equity in the company. ..
Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission on Thursday fined South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. for paying trolls to bash Taiwanese mobile phone maker HTC online. Through a notice it posted on its website, the consumer protection body said that Samsung had organized an Internet troll campaign in violation of fair trade rules to demonise HTC while praising Samsung smartphones. The FTC slapped Samsung with a fine of $340,000 or Taiwan dollars 10 million. Earlier this year the consumer body fined Samsung NT$300,000 for misleading consumers about the camera functions on its Galaxy Y Duos GT-S6102 phone. It’s a little odd and shameful that Samsung would organise an anti-HTC troll campaign given that the Taiwanese phone maker is nowhere close to catching up with it in marketing. Samsung might be jealous at the quality of HTC smartphones which cannot be compared to the former’s pathetic plastic offerings. Given that Samsung has been found guilty of organising trolls to bash HTC, you would imagine what it is doing to iPhone and all others it considers are enemies. ..
Airtel Kenya has announced a promotion that will see its customers stand a chance to win Kshs.10 million in the grand draw and over Kshs.1 million weekly in a promotion dubbed “Vurumisha Mamili na Airtel.” The promotion will run for 60 days with a grand prize of Kshs.5 million each for two winners. There will be 170 winners daily of cash prizes ranging from Kshs.10-500, 4 weekly winners for motorbikes and one winner for Kshs.1 million. Customers can participate in the promotion by recharging their phones using normal Airtel airtime or Tosha. Customers using Airtel Money of any value above Ksh10 to buy airtime, pay bills, deposit to bank or cash deposits and withdrawals from Airtel Money Agents also gain entry to the promotion. Subscribers will receive and SMS with a code representing one entry on completing any of the above transactions. Customers are required to send the code by SMS to 30888 to complete their entry into the promotion. Each successful entry into the promotion will also give customers two FREE minutes of on-net (Airtel-Airtel) talk time worth Khs.8.00. ..
Google has launched an Ad Grants programme to empower nonprofit organizations with $10,000 per month in in-kind AdWords advertising, to promote their missions and initiatives on Adwords With the Google Ad Grands, the Ad Grantees will be able to build and manage their own AdWords accounts just like paying advertisers. The grantees will have to abide by the following conditions when on the Ad Grants programme: A daily budget set to $330 USD A maximum cost-per-click (CPC) limit of $2 USD Only run keyword targeted campaigns with text ads that appear on Google.com To be eligible for the programme, organizations must: Hold current and valid charity status, as determined by their country. Acknowledge and agree to the application’s required certifications regarding non-discrimination and donation receipt and use. Have a functioning website with substantial content. For more details on eligibility check http://www.google.co.ke/intl/en/grants/. ..