France Telecom has put Telkom Kenya on sale, becoming the second mobile phone operator to exit the market this year. yuMobile is also up for sale.
The French conglomerate that owns majority of shares in Telkom, has formally informed the government that they are currently in the middle of negotiations with potential buyers to take control of what was once one of the largest employers in Kenya.
This is seven years after the firm, which operates under the Orange brand, was sold to the French.
Nokia plans to make Nairobi its global hub for research and investment for the India, Middle East and Africa region.
The move is a big win for the country which will serve as a nerve centre for Nokia’s global research activities, bringing together application developers, businesses and software engineering eco-system from around the world.
The company has research facilities in 13 locations worldwide, and Nairobi will be its nerve centre.
A new report places Kenyans as the second top users of Twitter in Africa, surpassing countries in the Maghreb that had used the facility to stage political revolt. Kenyans, ranked behind South Africans, tweet more than giants Nigerians, Egyptians and Moroccans despite having a smaller population.
The report titled How Africa Tweets says 60 per cent of those who tweet are aged between 20 and 29 years. The study that was conducted by Portland’s Communications adds that 57 per cent of these tweets are from mobile devices and are driving the growth of social media in Africa.
President Mwai Kibaki launched last Friday a key website making Kenya the first country in sub Saharan Africa to offer loads of government data to its citizens.
The government has released several large datasets, including the national census and statistics on government spending at national and county level to enhance transparency in governance and access to information.
The data presented in user-friendly format is now available online via an open data portal.
Mobile phone operators are targeting county governments in the race for the rural market to grow their data businesses. And e-health and e-learning value-added services will be the next battlefront for telcos seeking to drive uptake of data services. In the past six months, the mobile market has witnessed intense price war on the voice front that has seen calling rates fall by more than 50 per cent.
The long-awaited electronic ticketing system within the gates of the famous Maasai Mara game reserve has come into force. In an advert placed in sections of the press on Thursday, council clerk Pius Mutemi, said the council had entered into partnership with Equity Bank for a 10-year contract to collect park entry fees.
Mobile phone users in Kenya may cease to enjoy dramatic call tariff cuts if intense lobbying by Safaricom and Telkom Kenya for the government to intervene and put a break to any further price reductions bear fruit. The pair has succeeded in having the Prime Minister's office form a taskforce to study whether Kenya's mobile phone pricing is sustainable and what would be the future.
Kenya's dominant mobile operator, Safaricom on Tuesday turned to Parliament in their bid to have its rivals' cheaper calling rates tamed. At a meeting with Parliament's Energy and Communication Committee, the Safaricom delegation led by the Chief Executive, Bob Collymore, said the low calling rates to other networks meant it will have to go slow on its expansion plan.