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Judge halts search for new CA boss


Wednesday April 15, 2021

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) will have to start afresh recruitment of a new director-general to replace Francis Wangusi after the Employment and Labour Relations Court quashed the advertisement for the vacancy.

This means Mercy Wanjau will continue to hold the position in an acting capacity.

Justice Maureen Onyango found that the advertisement for the vacancy did not meet the minimum statutory requirements in terms of the qualifications for the position and the process of advertising.

The judge said the authority published two advertisements for the vacancy, the first being on May 22, 2020, and the second on June 17, 2020.

The closure of the second advertisement was on June 23, 2020, with Justice Onyango saying this violated the hiring rules.

She said the second advertisement could not be deemed to be a continuation or extension of the first one. The judge said a person who only saw the re-advertisement and not the original one was entitled to the full 21 days before closure.


State pushes Airtel to give locals 30pc stake


Monday April 12, 2021

The State has introduced new ownership rules in the telecoms sector that will push Airtel Kenya to sell a 30 percent stake to Kenyans over the next three years in what is part of a move to encourage local ownership of ICT firms.

Joe Mucheru, the ICT Cabinet Secretary, unveiled a licensing policy on Friday that has given telecoms firms up to March 2024 to ensure local ownership of at least 30 percent in the companies.

He also increased the local ownership threshold from a minimum of 20 percent, a cap that has been in place since 2008.

A few firms, including Airtel Kenya, have been exempted from the shareholding rule, a window that let billionaire investor Naushad Merali to sell a significant portion of his shareholding in the firm worth billions of shillings without contravening the law.


Airtel connects 5G in battle with Safaricom


Wednesday April 07, 2021

Airtel Kenya has upgraded some of its sites with fifth-generation (5G) mobile Internet services as the telecoms operator prepares to battle Safaricom for a larger share of the fast-growing data business.

Airtel said the deployment of 5G-ready networks would help it capitalise on the rising mobile Internet demand in the country, just days after Safaricom  became the inaugural operator to offer the superfast services in the region.

The Kenyan unit of India’s Bharti Airtel says it has over 600 sites in Nairobi, Mombasa and Malindi on 5G network.

“These 600 sites are now 5G-ready. We don’t have to make any further modifications to the network. We will just get the spectrum and decide when to switch on,” Airtel Kenya managing director Prasanta Das Sarma told the Business Daily in an interview.


Fraudsters stash cash in global cryptocurrencies


Thursday April 08, 2021

The modern cyber fraudster has become more lethal during the Covid-19 pandemic, drifting from saving hidden money in off-shore banks to stashing them in cryptocurrency networks running on blockchain systems that cannot be accessed by authorities.

The study, The Anatomy of the New Fraudster, published by tech company Banking Payments Context (BPC) shows apart from targeting corruptible employees, scammers are now targeting untrained personnel to share private data of top executives unknowingly and end up purloining billions of money, which is hidden in cryptocurrency form.

"Card fraud and particularly identity theft have gone rampant. Fraudsters also use cryptocurrencies to buy credit card data on the darkweb, data that has been stolen through phishing or hacking," reveals the research.

According to Nairobi-based author of Understanding the Blockchain Benjamin Arunda, the ever rising stature of data and digital currencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum in Kenya is the key motivation for online thugs to convert stolen money into cryptos.


Safaricom to launch 5G network Friday in Nairobi and western Kenya


Thursday March 25, 2021

Safaricom will Friday launch Kenya’s first fifth-generation (5G) mobile internet services targeting major urban centres, making it the inaugural operator to offer commercial and superfast services in the region.

The firm last year completed testing and trials for the upgraded network as the company seeks to capitalise on burgeoning mobile Internet use in the country.

The leading telco Thursday revealed the Friday launch of the 5G technology that will be supplied by Nokia Corporation and Huawei—which has been the subject of increased scrutiny in the Western world over the introduction of the high speed networks.

The 5G service is a central part of its attempts to further expand its data business to counter slower growth in voice calls revenue.

The service will be available in Nairobi and greater western Kenya including Kisumu, Kisii and Bungoma, which routinely witness increased data traffic.


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