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Internet cable via Djibouti to cost Sh10bn

cableDAILY NATION By MUTHOKI MUMO

Wednesday December 13,2016

A proposed undersea cable that will provide Internet redundancy for the Horn of Africa region is expected to cost Sh10.2 billion ($100 million).

The 4,700 kilometre Djibouti-Africa Regional Express (DARE) is set to be constructed by a partnership of governments and telecoms operators in the region.

In Kenya, shareholders of The East African Marine Cable System (TEAMS) have been approached with a proposal to contribute Sh2 billion ($20 million) to the construction.

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Nairobi University eyes Sh500m fund to sponsor high potential innovators

envoyDAILY NATION By MUTHOKI MUMO

Wednesday December 07, 2016

The University of Nairobi is targeting a Sh500 million fund to finance innovators.

The fund will be used to help develop exceptional ideas that will be showcased during the third annual Nairobi Innovation Week, slated for March 2017.

“We hope also that we will use part of the money to reward the innovators,” said Industrialisation PS Julius Korir yesterday in Nairobi at the launch of 2017 event.

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Governors call for audit of financial management system

governorDAILY NATION By SILAS APOLLO

Monday December 05,2016

Governors have called for a forensic audit of the integrated financial management system.

In a statement on Sunday, the governors said the system – introduced to reduce corruption in the government payment structure – had experienced "serious hitches, leading to pilferage of billions of taxpayers’ shillings”.

That, the Council of Governors added, had further been compounded by poor coordination of departments running the system, including the National Treasury, the Central Bank of Kenya and devolved units.

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Electoral commission meets as ICT deadline looms

BVRDAILY NATION By JOHN NJAGI

Friday December 02, 2016

The electoral commission on Wednesday held a lengthy closed door meeting with a parliamentary team as it grapples with tight deadlines for procurement of technology for the 20I7 election.

According to a law, that became operational on October 4, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is expected to procure all technology by December 8, eight months to the elections.

Automation of all electoral processes was part of the provisions that are “minimum deliverables” agreed between Cord and Jubilee to make the next elections credible.

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Communications Authority told to roll out 3G before poll

CAKDAILY NATION By PATRICK LANG'AT

Wednesday November 30 2016

Parliament on Tuesday directed the Communications Authority of Kenya to roll out a 3G network countrywide to be used in the 2017 elections, in a raft of proposals to right the many wrongs in the 2013 poll.

Currently, only 17 per cent of the country is 3G enabled yet equipment for the August 8 elections will use the network to transmit scanned copies of results to constituency tallying centres.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission had in the last elections procured 17,500 electronic kits that failed to work partly because of poor connectivity.

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Good system with bad managers is the country’s biggest challenge

DNIFMIS1308aDAILY NATION By KENNETH OKWAROH

Monday November 28, 2016

I once wrote a case study report for Kenya on the status of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation in 2014. Part of my report lauded the government for significant progress in establishing systems to facilitate effective management of public money.

My research team was optimistic that with such reforms as the enactment of the Public Finance Management Act 2012, the operationalisation of the Integrated Financial Management Information System (Ifmis), review of procurement regulations, among a raft of many other finance sector policy reforms, Kenya was on track towards better handling of public finance.

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Threats to our internet freedom remain plentiful

Bd-FibreOptic1.JPGDAILY NATION By JOHN WALUBENGO

Wednesday November 23, 2016

Last week, Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTAnet) hosted the first session of the Kenya School of Internet Governance.

Among the many thought-provoking presentations by various facilitators, one clearly stood out.

On the last day, a human rights lawyer named Henry Maina made a presentation that challenged the widely held perception that Kenya was indeed enjoying unlimited Internet freedom.

Maina, a director at the human rights group Article 19, was the brain behind the lawsuit that eventually led the High Court to declare Section 29 of the Kenya Information Communication Act unconstitutional.

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KAA contracts firm to provide software for managing revenues

jkiaDAILY NATION By BRIAN NGUGI

Thursday November 10, 2016

Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) is set to adopt a new software to manage its revenues.

The agency has awarded a five-year contract to software firm Concessionaire Analyzer+ (CA+) together with Eastra Solutions Ltd, a Nairobi-based solutions provider, to provide the revenue platform.

The contract is for supply and maintenance of an integrated point-of-sale solution to help collect detailed transactional sales data from firms doing business at airports. It will also allow KAA to enforce revenue-share agreements already in place at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

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Those who denigrate digital activism are misguided

DNDigitalMigration2712vDAILY NATION By NANJIRA SAMBULI

Monday November 07,2016

Taking stock of the past half-decade, my Ukenya has been immeasurably enriched by the new media spaces we occupy.

What started as a budding community of Kenyan bloggers and a close-linked network of Kenyans on Twitter who occasionally met offline is now a strong pulse of the nation.

Through social media, one can get a sense of the trials, tribulations, successes and victories across most, if not all, parts of the country.

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Some early questions for the State House ICT Summit

DIGITDAILY NATION By JOHN WALUBENGO

Wednesday November 02, 2016

My feelers indicate that a State House summit to discuss ICT matters has finally been scheduled for Monday next week.

Unlike my fellow columnist Dr David Ndii, nobody from the house on the hill has bothered to extend me an invite to honour or turn down. 

Considering that the chances of that State House invite materialising on my desk are close to zero, I have opted to ask some of the questions that have been bothering the ICT community right here.

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Mucheru says draft law on blogger video uploads to be amended

joeDAILY NATION By MUTHOKI MUMO

Wednesday October 26, 2016

A controversial Bill that would require Kenyans posting videos online to seek clearance of the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) will be amended, a Cabinet Secretary has said.

ICT Secretary Joe Mucheru said in an interview the Films, Stage Plays and Publication Bill authored by KFCB is still in the draft stage and that ultimately “sanity will prevail”.

It has caused uproar mainly from Kenyan bloggers and artists.

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Kenya poised for another first in mobile money revolution

mobilephoneBUSINESS DAILY By BRIAN NGUGI

Tuesday, October 18   2016

Kenya is poised to enter a new mobile money economy era, judging by the steady rise in cashless transactions for goods and services.

A new study by consultancy firm Deloitte says Kenya is ripe for a mobile money revolution and urges local businesses to align their sales models with the emerging reality to stay ahead of the competition.

The impending mobile payments revolution marks yet another first for Kenya, which has been a front-runner in mobile payments backed by innovations such as mobile money transfer service, M-Pesa.

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Kenya, South Korea sign deal on internet security

mucheruDAILY NATION By AGGREY MUTAMBO

Thursday October 13, 2016

Kenya and South Korea have signed an agreement to boost internet and data security in the country.

Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru on Wednesday inked a memorandum of understanding with South Korea’s ICT and Future Planning Minister Choi Yanghee to establish links between government departments, research stations, organisations, businesses and training centres involved in information technology.

“The purpose of the MoU is to enhance cooperation between the two countries in the field of ICT. For the mutual benefit, the two countries have identified areas of cooperation in policy, institutions, technology development and service,” a statement from Mr Mucheru’s Office said after the signing of the MoU in Seoul, South Korea.

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Ministry to set up four free Wi-Fi hotspots in each constituency at Sh300m

joemucherupxBUSINESS DAILY By MUTHOKI MUMO

Tuesday October 11,2016

The government says it has set aside Sh300 million for a project that is supposed to deliver free Wi-Fi to Kenya’s 290 constituencies.

Under the project, the government will work in partnership with MPs, Telkom Kenya and Avanti Communications to set up at least four Wi-Fi hotspots in each constituency.

Sammy Itemere, the Principal Secretary, State Department for Telecommunications and Broadcasting,  said that work had commenced on the project with a pilot carried out in Limuru.

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Digital learning brings excitement to Mombasa pupils, eases teachers’ work

DigilearningDAILY NATION By REBECCA OKWANY

Wednesday October  05, 2016

For Ms Amina Omar, a teacher at Sparki Primary school in Mombasa, marking assignments for the 88 pupils in her class has not always been an easy task.

But on this day, both the teacher and her pupils are unusually excited.

The school is on of those which received tablets under the Digital Literacy Programme which was rolled out by the government in March 2016.

It aims at providing tablets to all Class One pupils and laptops to their teachers.

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Next ten years promise development through ICT-propelled transformation for Africa

joeDAILY NATION By JOE MUCHERU

Monday October 03, 2016

The next decade promises development through an ICT-propelled transformation for Africa. The launch of the Smart Africa Initiative in Kigali, Rwanda, in October 2013, set a renewed pace for the realisation of the continent’s development aspirations.

It is envisaged that through Smart Africa, a single digital and knowledge-driven economy will emerge and push the continent’s global competitiveness to higher levels. However, for this to happen, African countries must take deliberate measures to create enabling platforms for large-scale implementation of ICT in all areas of the society and economy.

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Bitcoin firms investors stuck with shares after CBK ban

joeBusiness Daily By DAVID HERBLING

September Thursday 29,2016

Kenya’s tough stance on digital currencies such as bitcoin has left investors such as ICT cabinet secretary Joe Mucheru unable to dispose of their stakes in companies dealing in the virtual cash.

Mr Mucheru in January announced that he would offload his minority shareholding in BitPesa, but the share sale coincided with the banking sector regulator’s warning to the public against use of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin.

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Digital learning the future of our education

matiangi Digital LearningDAILY NATION By KUNLE AWOSIKA

Friday September 23,2016

David Warlick — educator, author, programmer, and public speaker — once said that we need technology in every classroom and in every student’s and teacher’s hand because it is the pen and paper of our time and lens through which we experience much of our world.

This, combined with a now-connected global economy means it is imperative that we embrace the digital reality, to make school more relevant for the youth of the current generation.

Over the past few years we have witnessed governments around Africa warming up to digital education transformation, with various ambitious projects laid out in their bid to deliver quality competitive education to the citizens.

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Governors protest after Communications Authority denies them radio frequencies

Wangusi3DAILY NATION By DAVID HERBLING,

Wednesday September 21, 2016

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has denied county governments permits to set up radio stations, stirring a fresh storm between Nairobi and the devolved units.

The telecoms sector regulator has rejected 20 county government applications seeking FM radio broadcast bands, arguing that broadcasting is not a devolved function.

“The authority has not issued any county government with broadcast frequencies for either FM or TV broadcasting. The Constitution envisaged that the provision of public broadcasting services is the role of national government since this function is not devolved,” said CA director-general Francis Wangusi in an interview with the Business Daily.

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CA allows 700Mhz spectrum testing to boost internet speeds

Wangusi3DAILY NATION By JAMES KARIUKI

Monday September 19, 2016

The government has allowed private and public agencies to pilot use of the 700Mhz frequency spectrum evacuated from media houses after digital migration for internet connectivity across Kenya.

Communications Authority(CA) Director-General Francis Wangusi said this was aimed at unlocking new economic opportunities across various sectors for reliable and faster internet downloads and communicatons services on a wireless platform.

The 700 MHz spectrum is the highest-quality wireless frequency enabling corporate and individual users access faster internet speeds from across the country with telco operators.

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