News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 100 on 8 March 2002

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KENYA’S CYBER CAFE OPERATORS ASSOCIATION TRIES TO RAISE RATES

8 March 2002

Kenya’s newly inaugerated Cyber Cafe Owners Association (CCOA) is trying to get cyber cafe access rates back up by getting its members to agree to raise prices simultaneously. The cyber cafe sector in Kenya has too many operators who have too little understanding of how to make a profitable business. There are some operators (whose figures we have been through with them) who are currently literally giving money away.   The weakness in the strategy is that CCOA is in a funny way a little bit like OPEC. It has a lot of potential members who presumably will control a…