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Kenya’s government is planning to spend KES15 billion to allow schools to teach four subjects online. This comes after ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru announced plans to pilot a programme that would aid in digital learning. According to The Star, Mucheru appeared before the Senate ICT Committee to “answer questions about the digital literacy programme and broadband...

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Safaricom, Telkom and Airtel Kenya have decided to compensate customers who experience interrupted services due to network outages, reports Gadgets Africa. This comes shortly after the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) issued new draft regulations “to compel telcos to either pay or offer credit equivalent of the time users are without voice, data and SMS services”.These...

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PAIX Data Centres has begun construction of “PAIX Nairobi-1” data centre in Nairobi. This facility, which is expected to open in November, is part of the company’s accelerated Pan-African expansion. PAIX Nairobi-1 will be located at Britam Tower, the capital’s tallest office building and a prominent landmark located in Upper Hill. Upper Hill is Nairobi’s...

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Telkom Kenya has announced its decision to ‘carve out a new direction’ for the company following the move to abandon its proposed merger with Airtel Kenya earlier this month. Telkom has outlined four strategic focus areas to address its long-term objectives: firstly, to drive digital transformation within its consumer, SME, corporate and public sector markets; secondly...

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Kenya’s government has gazetted a new ICT policy, the National Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) Policy 2019, which mandates that foreign ICT companies facilitate 30% local ownership. The policy document reads in part: “It is the policy that only companies with at least 30% substantive Kenyan ownership, either corporate or individual will be licensed to provide...

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The Kenyan telecoms network extension program is encountering obstacles, but should be completed by 2022. Faced with senators on August 19, the DG of the Communications Authority spoke of health and security constraints . As a reminder, Safaricom and Telkom are in charge of operations. Mercy Wanjua, the director general of the Kenya Communications Authority (CA),...

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Telkom Kenya and Airtel Kenya have abandoned their proposed merger, after the companies were unable to secure regulatory approval under satisfactory conditions. The deal, first announced in February 2019, was aimed at helping the two operators challenge Kenyan market leader Safaricom.  In a statement, Telkom Kenya CEO Mugo Kibati said the plan had faced challenges...