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KENYA ICT INDUSTRY GROWTH LAUDED

Africa Development bankThe Star Newspaper
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 Maureen Waruinge

The African Development Bank says Kenya's ICT plans are critical in addressing the social challenges facing citizens such as health matters and banking services. A report from the bank says Kenya has made significant  progress in areas like M Pesa that has made banking  services more widespread and reliable for a majority of Kenyans.The bank says good ICT plans are important for growth and is recommending that Kenya continues to invest in the sector.

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STOP REMARKS ON TV SWICH-OVER, PS TOLD

bitangeDaily Nation  By Paul Juma

Tuesday Dec 18 2012

A High court judge yesterday warned information permanent secretary Bitage Ndemo to stop commenting on a petition challenging the planned switch-off of analogue television.

Mr Justice Isaac Lenaola, who will hear the petition, said that comments posted by Dr Ndemo on Facebook and Twitter had come to his attention.

Consumers’ lobby

The PS should know that the matter is now before the court and the social media cannot help him resolve it, the judge told a state counsel who was representing the information ministry.

The judge told the state lawyer that Dr Ndemo’s concerns over a case filed by a consumers’ lobby last week could only be determined by the court and not the social media.

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Did Kenya win or lose Internet calls battle?

wcitBusiness Daily Monday, December 17  2012

As Kenyans focused locally on political coalitions, marriages and divorces, governments convened and concluded a meeting in Dubai known as the World Conference on International Telecommunications, 2012. Governments were revising a 1982 Treaty, which describes how international telecommunication services will be governed over the next one to two decades.

ITUs role was best appreciated in 1970s through the 1980s & 1990s when telcos were largely government owned and by extension, the same governments as members of ITU would make binding decisions on how these telecommunication companies (e.g. the defunct Kenya Posts & Telecommunication Companies, KPTC) would interconnect internationally to others. ITU would therefore define the technical standards and protocols for the interconnection as well as the international charges.

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Firms plot to cut Safaricom’s lead

MadhurTanejapxDaily Naion By CHARLES WOKABI

Tuesday, December 18  2012

The fight for mobile subscriber numbers is taking a different shape away from the traditional price cuts to product offering.

Smart Company has established that three mobile phone firms are in talks to open up their money transfer agency network in an attempt to reach more customers and increase their geographical presence.

The trio, yuMobile, Airtel and Orange want to build a common front to rival their main competitor — Safaricom.

“Talks are ongoing with two other operators — Airtel Kenya and Telkom Orange — on how best to pass on the benefit of developments achieved in the local mobile money sector to as many consumers as possible and opening up agents is one of the options,” yuMobile chief executive Madhur Taneja told Smart Company during an interview last week.

While confirming the talks, the other two companies declined to divulge more information saying the discussions are at a sensitive stage.

Safaricom’s M-Pesa is the dominant mobile money transfer with about 47,000 agents across the country, 15 million subscribers and transacting over Sh2 billion per day.

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Orange to use subscribers in airtime sales, distribution

orangeThe Standard Digital By Fredrick Obura

Monday, December 17 2012

A plan to reduce the number of airtime distributors within the orange-Kenya network is in top gear.

 The Company has recruited Pillar Technologies, a Nairobi based IT company to pilot a project that will see Orange subscribers roped in the sale of airtime at an attractive commission.

In the new development, Orange subscribers will only need Sh250 to become distributors and earn commission of up to 0.5 per cent from the purchase of Sh500 worth airtime per month.  

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