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ICT CENTRES TO BE SET UP IN SCHOOLS

By Daniel Nzia

The Standard Friday November 16, 2012

ictleoInformation communication technology (ICT) resource centres will be established in 25 schools in Makueni County before the end of the year.MultiChoice Kenya in partnership with the Ministry of Education will establish the centres in six constituencies. Education minister Mutula Kilonzo announced that the Government would make ICT part and Parcel of teaching and learning in all levels of education.

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Safaricom Platform Coming Home

By MUTHOKI MUMO
Dailiy Nation November 14, 2012

collymoreTelecom firm Safaricom has rebounded to post a 94 per cent jump in after tax profits in its half-year profits driven by a growing customer base, easing inflation and a stable exchange rate.

Safaricom on Thursday reported Sh7.8 billion in profits, significantly higher than Sh4 billion made during a similar period last year.

“We are relieved to have recovered from the damaging price wars. We are now focusing on customer growth,” said Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore.

Total revenue grew 19 per cent to Sh59 billion. Voice revenues accounted for Sh37.4 billion or 63 per cent of total revenues.

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Shrinking revenues push local software firm to Singapore

By NATION CORRESPONDENT
Monday November 11, 2012 

Craft Silicon founder and CEO Kamal BudhabattiKenyan software company Craft Silicon has started business in Singapore as revenue from the local market continues to decline.

Craft Silicon founder and CEO Kamal Budhabatti (right) told the Daily Nation that his firm had acquired all the necessary certification and operations are ongoing.

“We’ve a very big market in this country which we’ve been supporting from our offices in India. The new office will harness our customer service in this region while our operations in Kenya and other countries remain intact,” he said.

He noted that revenues from the Kenyan software industry have stagnated especially because of a tough tax regulation that makes it cheaper to import software than buy locally developed applications.

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SPEND SH320BN ON PROJECTS TO ACHIEVE VISION 2030, SAYS WB

Daily Naton Saturday, November 17, 2012 

JohannesZuttpxThe push to have Kenya grow to a middle income country by 2030 would be accelerated if the government consistently spends Sh320 billion annually on infrastructural development.

The push to have Kenya grow to a middle income country by 2030 would be accelerated if the government consistently spends Sh320 billion annually on infrastructural development.

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KRA will not trade with employee, says Njiraini

Daily Nation By PAUL WAFULA

Wednesday, November 21  2012

KRAThe Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has asked an employee who innovated a system to help track property tax cheats — and which the authority is now seeking to procure from a third party — to resign and seek to supply the system as an outsider.

Addressing a real estate workshop organised by mortgage provider Housing Finance in Nairobi on Wednesday, KRA Commissioner General John Njiraini said he wants the organisation to concentrate on its core mandate.

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Open data project hits snag as law ‘incomplete’

OpenDatapxLack of legislation compelling government bodies to release data to the public is holding back the successful rollout of the open data initiative. The project, which was launched by President Mwai Kibaki in July last year, is based on provisions of the Constitution that every citizen has the right of access to information held by the State.

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Kenyans in Diaspora call for e-voting.

By NATION REPORTER

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012

e-voting-screen2Kenyans in the diaspora have asked the electoral commission to register voters living outside the country electronically and adopt e-voting for the March 4 elections.The group has set up a website, which they say can facilitate e-voting and online registration of voters.The website www.kenyansabroadvote.com has been designed with tools to enable Kenyans abroad to register as voters online.

US-based Kenyan lawyer Henry Ongeri said on Tuesday the commission must adopt e-voting and online voter registration as it was convenient and affordable. (Read: Confusion over voter registration in Diaspora)

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Internet capacity to double soon after fifth fibre optic cable lands

Daily nation

By MUTHOKI MUMO

Monday, November 19 2012 

internet2A fifth undersea fibre optic cable is set to land in Kenya, doubling the country’s Internet capacity.

Information and Communication Permanent Secretary Bitange Ndemo on Monday said that a Middle Eastern company was currently contracting suppliers to lay the undersea cable.

Once the fifth cable is laid, Kenya’s bandwidth capacity will double to more than 15 terabytes per second (TBps).

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SAFARICOM TO LAY ITS OWN OPTIC CABLE

By Charles Wokabi
Daily Nation     Tuesday November 13, 2012

safaricomSafaricom will start laying its own terrestrial fibre network in January next year.

The telecoms firm, which last week announced a 94 per cent jump in after-tax profit to Sh7.8 billion for the first half of the year, said it has awarded the tender to roll out the expansive network to Ericsson and Huawei in order to cut the cost of renting other providers’ infrastructure.

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IEBC begins training clerks

BY NATION TEAM, MONDAY 12,NOV,2012

iebcThe electoral commission has started training clerks for the registration of voters across the country.

In Mombasa, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will also hold a stakeholders’ meeting at the Municipal Council hall today to introduce the biometric voter registration (BVR) kits.

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ICT trade set to soar in county structure

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By NATION CORRESPONDENT

 Sunday, November 4  2012

The ICT sector is eyeing a boom in business once the government devolves services to the county level after the March General Election.Speaking to the Nation on Friday, Wananchi Group chief technical officer Riyaz Bachani said the uptake of Information Communication Technology (ICT) is likely to improve in the devolved system especially if the government makes available more public services online.

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Presidential debates now set for January 2013

kass tvMedia houses have postponed the joint presidential debates to January 2013.

The first of the three debates will only take place after official nomination of presidential candidates, the Joint Media Debates Steering Committee said on Thursday.

Several TV stations launched the project last month in a bid to assist Kenyan voters make informed decisions during next year's General Election.At the launch, Nation Media Group’s chief executive Mr Linus Gitahi said the debates would also give politicians a chance to articulate issues that they plan to address if voted for.

He and his Royal Media Services counterpart Mr Wachira Waruru assured viewers of fairness and independence of the project.

The debates will be aired on NTV, Kiss TV, Kass TV, KTN, Citizen TV, K24, KBC, QTV and several radio stations.

Standard Group’s Chief Executive Officer Mr Sam Shollei said seasoned analysts would be part of the team that gages responses from the presidential candidates during the debates.

Prime Minister Raila Odinga, deputies Uhuru Kenyatta and Musalia Mudavadi, Eldoret North MP William Ruto and Gichugu MP Martha Karua are some of the aspirants in the race to State House.

Others are Ministers Eugene Wamalwa and Charity Ngilu, MPs Peter Kenneth (Gatanga) and Mutava Musyimi (Gachoka) and former Permanent Secretary Prof James Ole Kiyiapi.

Emphasis on ICTs blurs other key technologies

ICTThe ‘ICT is technology’ confusion is everywhere even in our training institutions, agricultural engineering graduates are more focused on writing mobile apps for farmers than coming up with cheaper and locally made farming machinery. ...

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Internet proposals threaten future of Silicon Savannah

InternetThe Kenyan government, working with the private sector, has enabled consumers and businesses to thrive due to policies promoting investment in, and development of, Internet infrastructure....

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KENYA ICT PRESS

KONZA LAYS 500KM UNDERGROUND ICT CABLES

konzaBUSINESS DAILY BY OTIATO GUGUYU

Thursday February 18, 2021

They laying of 500km of ICT cabling in Konza city has been done, stepping up efforts to open up the technopolis for private companies seeking to set up in the Greenfield city.

The infrastructure is meant to attract investment by providing ready-to-plug backbone ICT network.

Konza has also completed phase 2 — Tier III National Data Centre — with smart city facilities and services to support Konza Technopolis, e-government as well as the small and medium enterprises services.

“We are expecting Kenya to cement its lead in IT leadership and this is a flagship project that will be integral for job creation for the youth,” Vision 2030 CEO Kenneth Mwige said.

The project, Mr Mwige said, is expected to support Kenya’s ambition to build knowledge-based economy by hosting both government and private sector data locally.....READ MORE

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