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Mobile subscribers rush to beat SIM registration deadline

airtelThe Standard Digital By Njiraini Muchira

Tuesday, January 01 2013

Mobile phone users jammed dealer outlets across the country in a last-minute dash to keep their SIM cards active.

On Monday was the last day for owners of unregistered SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) cards to list them with various mobile phone networks.

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) was to have blocked all unregistered SIM cards from midnight.


Local software developers to face new quality tests


Tuesday, January 1  2013

Local software developers will be subjected to quality tests before being licensed as the Kenya ICT Board moves to instill professionalism in the software development industry.

This will make it easy for employers to shop for reliable and competent software developers, contrary to the case in the past where sourcing for the latter heavily relied on their experience record.

The Kenya ICT Board has completed piloting of the first local software developers’ certification programme that is expected to kick off in October this year.

The programme, developed in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, is aimed at setting minimum qualifications for local software developers with a view to improving quality and professionalism in the industry.

“This programme will be the first practical method to ascertain requisite skills for entry level software developers,” said Kenya ICT Board’s Andrew Lewela.

A study carried out in 2011 by the Kenya ICT Board and IDC, revealed that despite having a high demand for software development, few Kenyan companies source these skills locally.


TV set-top boxes buyers to benefit from subsidies

digitalBusiness Daily By GALGALLO FAYO and MARK OKUTTAH

Thursday, December 20  2012

Television owners will get a subsidy on set-top boxes as the country makes the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting, senior Ministry of Information and Communications officials said Thursday.

The subsidies, to be paid directly to importers of the equipment, are expected to cut by up to half the prices of digital receivers currently standing at an average of Sh5,000.

Ministry officials, who cannot be named commenting on a matter that is before court said the Treasury had agreed to finance the subsidy through the Universal Access Fund to be managed by the Communications Commission of Kenya, which regulates the telecoms sector.


Lack of expertise slows down ICT growth

ictimageThe Standatd Digital By Frankline Sunday

Saturday 22nd Dec 2012

High operation costs and the limited pool of technology graduates is holding back growth of Kenya’s emerging ICT industry,  according to a World Bank report.

The report indicates that lack of a bigger pool of professionals and the high cost of entrepreneurship has been the greatest roadblock to progress.

 It notes that although the country has emerged as one of three major tech hubs in Africa, alongside Nigeria and Morocco, Kenya still needs to address several roadblocks to lift the prospects of the burgeoning sector.

“Kenya scores highly, primarily as a result of the reduced cost of accessing mobile and broadband, which is the most important single step to enhance ICT competitiveness,” says the World Bank.


New communication rules: Kenya refuses to sign on

itu-sg-openingDaily Nation By CHARLES WOKABI

Wednesday, December 19  2012

Kenya has refused to sign the new International Communication Regulations put together by a conference last week as divisions rocked the country’s delegation.

Sources who attended the World Conference on International Telecommunications said Information and Communications permanent secretary Bitange Ndemo took a different stance from what was adopted by technocrats from the Communications Commission of Kenya.


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