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Issues with the Access to Information Bill

Sometimes I write about my interpretation of the law, bills and policy documents that come from the government and various other stakeholders. I’m not a lawyer and I’ve never studied law but as a citizen of this country I’m allowed to comment on these things. It’s my constitutional right. Consider that the disclaimer. One of… Read more »

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Shortcomings of the “Kenyan Tech Blog”

Tech blogs in Kenya suck! It’s something I’ve said before in other platforms and fora. I knew it empirically but didn’t have the hard data to back me up. I do now. Let’s get into why I’m the right person to be talking about this: I’ve been reading tech news on an almost daily basis… Read more »

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Equitel Increases Transfer Fees to M-Pesa by more than 100%!!!

So I recently came across this InfoTaKe. Users transferring money from Equity Bank’s Equitel Mobile Money platform have been hit by a more than 100% increase in the cost of transferring money from the platform to Safaricom’s M-Pesa.  The new charges appear to have been implemented at the start of August, just as Equitel officially… Read more »

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Could Airtel Kenya be Up for Sale?

Some interesting news lately from the Business Daily: Airtel Kenya is operating under the licence previously held by Essar, which it bought out last year, as its permit which expired in February is yet to be renewed. The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) yesterday said it was still considering “a number of issues” before renewing… Read more »

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Is Data Safaricom’s Future?

Once again, I’m back writing something about Safaricom. While most of the country, and the world, concentrates on M-PESA, I’d like to focus on something else, data. From the figures below, we not only see that data revenues have not only exploded, but according to my back of the envelope calculations, they are set to… Read more »

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Zuku vs. theBIGbox

Recently, there’s been a lot of talk about Safaricom’s 4G efforts. Well, not exactly their 4G efforts, but their set top box, ‘creatively’ called theBIGbox (in case it wasn’t clear, that’s sarcasm). In this post, I want to compare their offering to one of their competitors that always comes up every time anyone talks about… Read more »