Mobile Subscribers Declines as Mobile Data Users Constitute 99% of Internet Subscribers

By Tech Mtaa | On Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 - No Comments »

According to the latest CCK report, the number of mobile subscribers in the country dropped from 30.7 million to 29.8 million between January and March this year attributing the decline to the de-activation of 2.4million unregistered SIM cards during the quarter. Were they really deactivated? I know of 3 unregistered SIM cards which are very much alive. But CCK claim that this decrease resulted. 

Equity Bank customers now get mobile with Airtel Money

By Tech Mtaa | On Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 - No Comments »

Equity Bank and Airtel Kenya have today announced a joint undertaking that will offer mobile commerce solutions to their customers in Kenya, through Airtel Money. The service is available to all Equity Bank customers with Airtel lines. Through the deal, the new service will enable customers from both Airtel and Equity Bank to access Airtel mobile banking platforms, perform agency cash transactions. 

Tanzania Operators Meet President Kikwete Over the TSh 1,000 Monthly SIM Card Tax

By Tech Mtaa | On Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 - No Comments »

President Kikwete finally met mobile phone operators over the controversial TSh1,000 (Ksh 56) Sim card monthly fee. The mobile phone operators sought the ears of the President when they saw the Tanzanian government’s determination to implement the controversial levy which they believe that will stifle growth in the mobile sector. Five days ago, the same top officials in the industry. 

Central Bank of Kenya’s Website Hacked

By Tech Mtaa | On Monday, July 22nd, 2013 - 4 Comments »

We have just read from some online sources that Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) website was on Sunday night attacked by some ‘Gaza Hackers.’ Sections of the website could not be accessed last night as hackers gained control of Kenya’s monetary policy fomulator and currency issuer’s website. The CBK website is hosted by Safaricom which also hosts many other key website. 

Orange Kenya Partners With Asus to Drive Data Usage

By Tech Mtaa | On Sunday, July 21st, 2013 - 1 Comment »

Orange Kenya has partnered with PC vendor, ASUS, to offer its customers an affordable way of acquiring computers for effective data usage. Through the agreement, Orange Kenya will stock the Asus VivoBook range of laptops at some of its shops in key towns like Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu. Orange Kenya will either sell the machines as standalone units, or bundled with either a 3G or a CDMA. 

Afrinolly App Now Available for Windows Phone and Windows 8

By Tech Mtaa | On Friday, July 19th, 2013 - No Comments »

After a month in beta testing, African entertainment app Afrinolly has announced the launch of its Windows App for Windows Phone and Windows 8 becoming the first entertainment app for Windows 8 developed in Africa. With the adding of a Windows phone app, Afrinolly is now available on all major mobile operating systems. The app which has been developed by the young innovators at FansConnectOnline. 

DSTV Open Weekend is Here as ESPN Discontinues Africa Channels

By Tech Mtaa | On Friday, July 19th, 2013 - No Comments »

DSTV has confirmed plans for an entertaining OPEN WEEKEND, during which time DStv Access, Family, Compact and Compact Plus subscribers will be able to view selected DStv Premium channels, at no extra cost.  Running from Friday July 19 at 5pm until Monday July 22 at 11am, the DStv OPEN WEEKEND is the latest development in the DStv Rewards campaign, which aims to reward subscribers for. 

ScanDisk Ink Deal With Mitsumi for Africa Dealership

By Tech Mtaa | On Friday, July 19th, 2013 - No Comments »

SanDisk has signed a distribution deal with Mitsumi which will see Mitsumi handle ScanDisk’s distribution needs in 22 countries in Africa including Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Tunisia, Morocco, Mozambique, Zambia and Namibia. Through the deal, ScanDisk hopes to strengthen its position in the African storage market according to Sreedhar Sreekumar, SanDisk Regional Sales Manager Middle. 

Ugandan and Egyptian Techies Win Awards at Microsoft’s ‘Imagine Cup’

By Tech Mtaa | On Saturday, July 13th, 2013 - No Comments »

Two teams of budding innovators from Uganda and Egypt walked away with trophies at the just concluded Microsoft Imagine Cup, a global competition for student technologists, developers and entrepreneurs. Africa was represented in the competition by 12 teams at the final event with only the Egyptian and Ugandan teams winning awards at the finals. At the 11th annual event which was this year. 

Building Tech Talent in Africa

By Tech Mtaa | On Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 - No Comments »

IBM Chairman and CEO Samuel J. Palmisano (right) and Bharti Airtel Chairman and Managing Director Sunil Bharti Mittal at a past function By Katharyn White, Managing Partner, Global Business Partners, Central, Eastern, Western Africa, IBM   In recent months, this blog has described aspects of IBM’s commitment to Africa. I want to focus on the importance of talent in the region.  Several. 

Orange Launches the Third Edition of Orange African Social Venture Prize

By Tech Mtaa | On Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 - No Comments »

Orange has launched the third Orange African Social Venture Prize (OASVP), buoyed by the success of the first two programmes in 2011 and 2012. The prize promotes social innovations in support of development that use Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Any entrepreneur aged 21 and above, or a company that has existed for less than three years at the time of the competition, regardless. 

Google Now Let You Borrow its ‘Street View’ Mapping Equipment

By Tech Mtaa | On Monday, July 1st, 2013 - No Comments »

Google is looking for you if you are an adventurous person who plans to travel to some exotic locations. Google is ready to let you have the backpack mounted Street View tool, the Trekker, when you travel. The 360 degree camera is just street view on your back. You will be able to deliver the images of places where Google’s bikes and cars couldn’t access. Applications for the. 

Orange Kenya Unveils New Data Bundles, Offers 100% Bonus on New Bundle Purchase

By Tech Mtaa | On Sunday, June 30th, 2013 - No Comments »

Orange Kenya has today unveiled a 20MB mobile data bundle which will retail at Ksh 20 through the network. The 20MB bundle will be valid for 7 days. Orange has also introduced 2 other data bundles, the 50MB bundle from KSh100 to KSh50 and the 100MB bundle from KSh150 to KSh120. For the next three months, Orange will also reward its customers with a 100 percent bonus for every mobile data. 

Nigerian Company Launches African Laptops and Tablets Branded ‘Knack’

By Tech Mtaa | On Sunday, June 30th, 2013 - 1 Comment »

A Nigerian company, Knack International Limited, claims to have manufactured its first set of tablets and laptops. Through a media release, Knack international limited announced that they unveiled the Laptops and Tablet PCs on the 29th of June 2013 at National Centre for Technology Management NACETEM, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State in Nigeria. The Tablet Knack International. 

HP Unveils the ElitePad 900 Business Tablet in the Kenyan Market

By Tech Mtaa | On Sunday, June 30th, 2013 - 1 Comment »

HP is ElitePad 900  tablet in the Kenyan market. Marketing it as a business tablet, HP hopes to penetrate the market which is so much dominated by the Apple’s iPad and Samsung’s Galaxy range of tablets. But it will help HP’s case if they work on the marketing, pricing and packaging of the tablet for it to sell in this market. High prices to prove quality just wont work. The.