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CA’s bid to sue Royal Media over frequency breach turned down

CAKBUSINESS DAILY BY A REPORTER

Wednesday May 09, 2018 

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has lost its bid to have the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) compelled to prosecute a media house for alleged use of unauthorised frequencies five years ago.

The CA was challenging the decision by the DPP in 2013, not to prosecute Royal Media Services Ltd (RMS) for use of the alleged unauthorised frequencies to broadcast in parts of the country.

Court of Appeal judges William Ouko, David Musinga, and Gatembu Kairu, have upheld a High Court decision on the matter which had said the DPP had acted within his powers.

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Microsoft opens software testing centre in Kenya

microsoftDAILY NATION By DOREEN WAINAINAH

WEDNESDAY MAY 2 2018

Microsoft has launched its first software testing centre in Africa through a partnership with IT firm Techno Brain in Kenya.

The multinational is outsourcing its testing and quality assurance to Techno Brain Kenya for its flagship Windows operating system.

The centre will provide 1,000 jobs to Kenyan youth while growing the tech skills in the country.

“This has been as a result of two years of work between us and the Microsoft team,” said Manoj Shanker, CEO Techno Brain Group.

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Mobile commerce deals in Kenya pass Sh1 trillion mark

mpesaDAILY NATION By DOREEN WAINAINAH

Friday April 13, 2018

The value of mobile commerce transactions, including those designated as Pay Bill and Buy Goods and Services, has passed the Sh1 trillion mark for the first time.

Data for the second quarter of 2017/18 from the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA), shows transactions grew to Sh1.17 trillion up from Sh714 billion in the previous quarter - an increase of 64 per cent within three months.

This is despite reduction in the number of mobile commerce transactions to 308 million compared to the previous quarter’s 352 million.

The number of transactions on Safaricom’s M-Pesa (Lipa na M-Pesa module), for example, fell despite the value of the transactions nearly doubling.

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How to conceal your online footprint

WAMPICSUNDAY NATION By SAM WAMBUGU

Sunday April 29, 2018

Thanks to technology, our lives have become intertwined than any other time in history.

We interact with each other online via social media, email, and forums.

We do business online as data-driven channels follow us picking subtle details of our online activity.

The online activities are fundamentally linked to what we come across in real life.

As the world’s most popular search engine, Google has created an enormously popular service — search — with many peripheral platforms such as YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps and a host of others used by hundreds of millions of people around the world.

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Can we regulate telecoms market without price controls?

CAKDAILY NATION By JOHN WALUBENGO

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Kwame Owino’s critique of the Communication Authority (CA) of Kenya’s approach to regulating the industry provokes some thinking. He argues that CA is obsessed with price controls as if it is the only tool for regulating the industry.

Specifically, he criticises the recent consultant’s report on the market analysis as laying the foundation for CA to engage in “unimaginative instruments of price controls and forced infrastructure sharing”.

Whereas this seems to be true, it begs the question: Can the telecoms market be regulated without invoking the traditional price controls?

If the answer is yes, then what are these alternative mechanisms for regulating the communications industry? This is actually an open and ongoing research area.

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