[Titus Kaloki] Safaricom has signed a deal with the Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) to use the latter's national distribution network to expand its data footprint across Kenya. Under the terms of the contract signed by the two firms, Safaricom operate an optical fibre pair on KPLC's Optical Ground Wire (OPGW) system as built on the national power grid.
[Titus Kaloki] There seems to be a calculated effort by the Kenyan government to protect mobile data services from competition by keeping the required license fee too expensive. Safaricom is currently the only service provider with one. Zain, Yu and Orange have suffered from this prohibitive move by government.
[Titus Kaloki] The .ke domain names have been launched by the Kenya Network Information Centre (KENIC) with a new registry for their registration and management. Also included are three lower-priced second level Internet domains and a new registry system.
[Titus Kaloki] Kenya mobile telephony industry now accounts for 7% of mobile phone subscribers in sub-Saharan Africa. Kenya had 17.4 million mobile phone subscribers by end of June 2009, translating to 45.7% penetration.
[Titus Kaloki] The fourth entrant into the mobile services Kenyan market, YU has launched a mobile money transfer service. The service branded "yuCash by Obopay" is the latest in services the firm has unveiled.
[Titus Kaloki] Safaricom, a mobile service provider in Kenya has yet unveiled its ‘Managed Office in a Box' offer that saw it partner with Cisco, the global networking solutions provider. Cisco announced that it has joined forces with Kenyan mobile operator Safaricom to launch managed services based on Cisco equipment in the East African market.
[Titus Kaloki] Many buckets of ink have been spilled on how important it is to have corporate social responsibility (CSR) such that companies are falling over themselves rushing to start their own CSR project before their rivals do.
[Titus Kaloki] A bid by East African Breweries Limited (EABL) to end its partnership with competitor, South African Breweries Miller (SABMiller), and join another brewer was put on hold by a UK court. In a ruling passed last week, Diageo - majority shareholder in EABL with a 50% stake - and SABMiller were ordered to begin an arbitration process.
[Titus Kaloki] According to the Harvard Business Review (HBR), July/August 2008 issue, acceleration in market competition among industries in the US economy was due to the internet and enterprise IT, not because more products were becoming digitalised but because more processes are.
[Titus Kaloki] In yet another move to affirm Swahili as a lingua franca, Facebook launched its own version in the language. The event took place at one of Kenya' premiere schools, the Starehe Boys Centre. It is among the top high school institutions for boys and has produced a large majority of the present day political and business leaders in Kenya.