Safaricom has announced that it is pulling out of joint national 4G network and is now demanding its own frequency, adding that it had completed laying fibre optic cable in Nairobi, allowing the operator to upgrade its 2G and 3G sites to LTE networks (4G).
Safaricom reckons that the State is taking long to secure shareholder agreements as it gears up to meet growing demand for fast connections by users of tablet computers and smartphones and boost its network quality.
Safaricom is headed for a clash with the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) over quality checks that will determine the renewal of its licence next year. The mobile telecoms firm reckons that the regulator’s quality checks — which have labelled Safaricom non-compliant — are erroneous and that an independent assessment has given it a clean bill of health.
Google has launched a tool that will help companies search for information stored in their computers for a fee as the tech giant seeks to diversify its revenues away from advertising.
The Google Search Appliance (GSA) is a mounted device, providing document indexing service that enables firms retrieve information stored in different locations such as desktops, intranets or archive servers.
Telkom Kenya’s financial woes look set to deepen after the expiry of a contract to exclusively manage and control the State-owned fibre-optic network, which earned the firm Sh250 million annually in fees.
The three-year contract ended in June and the Treasury will begin the search for a firm that will manage the inland nationwide network known by the acronym NOFBI or National Optic Fibre Backbone Infrastructure.
Telkom is asking for Sh13.9 billion from its owners — France Telecom and the government — to fund operations and pre-empt a deepening financial crisis.
The government has started a campaign to increase the use of technology by cooperative societies.
In a circular to county cooperative commissioners, the national deputy Cooperatives Commissioner Philip Gichuki said last week that though the cooperative movement has made big strides in promoting the country’s economic growth over the last decade, this has not been matched by a similar adaptation of information technology.
Kenya mobile operator Essar Telecom has agreed to pay Kenya Data Networks (KDN) KES46 million (USD531,000), ending a court dispute between the two companies over unpaid fees for backhaul transmission services. Essar, which operates locally as Yu, also agreed to continue paying KES18,900 per month for interconnection services offered by KDN.
KDN began litigation against Essar over KES133 million in unpaid backhaul transmission fees in May 2011, threatening to cut off the Indian-owned cellco’s connectivity should it continue its non-payment.
Cash deposits handled by mobile phone companies in three months between October and December last year totalled Sh226 billion, an amount equivalent to total clients' money held by KCB at the close of 2012.
Customer deposits into the country’s four mobile phone firms Safaricom, Airtel, Yu and Orange increased 10 per cent between October and December, a report released Thursday by the Communications Commission of Kenya showed.