We argued that tech companies have been copying each other in terms of the number of workers they lay off, starting as early as 2020 during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. This can largely be described as copycat...
Although trends really have nothing to do with the growth of industry, we think they are essential to cultivating knowledge of a particular set. In 2022, we saw trends that were good and bad, the toxic one being the...
Throw me stones if you may, but the fintech narrative is the biggest gainer in Africa topping Nigeria and Kenya, yes, they are amazing solutions but it’s the easiest means to top the charts.
Ethiopia has been top of mind in my annual predictions for years, and so when I had the chance to go to Addis, I had to get a Safaricom Ethiopia Sim Card and experience the network firsthand. Together with...
Internet companies around the world have been having a rough time. This has been echoed by the number of layoffs, hiring freeze, and halted investments to develop new products and services. Some of the world’s most leading tech companies have...
2022 has been a great year for consumer tech - from foldables, wearables, laptops and smartphones. I got to check them out and even reviewed some of them and here are my favourite tech products from this year. Samsung Galaxy...
By John Kamwengu As an ICT pundit, I must admit I was caught off guard when I first heard of Kenya’s Central Bank Digital Currency and even more embarrassed by the fact that I could not understand what it was...
A recent report published by Google and the International Finance Corporation shows that there are approximately 700,000 developers in Africa. More than half of these developers are concentrated in five countries- Kenya, South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, and Nigeria with...
A while back, I dropped computer studies subject in my O-levels(High school) despite being at top of the class. I would score nearly everything in theory but the same wasn't seen in the practicals. Half of the class would...
Safaricom has a product in the pipeline called Faraja. Basically, it allows customers to shop from retail stores on a credit. The loan is then paid after a given period, but it does not charge interest. Now, while it is...
We interact with brands using their social media handles, and in most cases, the correspondence, which is usually in the form of questions or clarifications, is made on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram because it is easier and faster to...
Kune Food has closed shop, but many people have been asking: how did the startup get here, bearing in mind that Kenya, especially Nairobi, is a lucrative market that has seen the success of tens and tens of other...
We consume a lot of video content from YouTube, and there are good reasons for that. The platform has been marketed very well, and other than it being part of the Google/Android ecosystem, it just works and can be...
Telegram now accepts crypto payments after earlier giving up on its own coin. It allows its 550 million active users to send and receive cryptocurrency. According to Protocol, this feature may make crypto payments on chat services more widespread....
The global fintech market is valued at close to USD 7300 billion and is projected to grow at an annual rate of 26.87%, a 2021 report by web service provider Yahoo shows. The rising popularity of digital payments, increased...

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Entertainment firm MultiChoice is known for its many products, including DStv and Showmax. DStv is used widely across the continent, and for good reason. It airs live sports, and based on your package, you can watch as many games as...
Airtel Kenya and the Communications Authority of Kenya have always had a tussle about money, especially regarding spectrum fees. The fight has been ongoing for some time now, and has for a long time seen the operator and the...
The 2022 Samsung Unpacked event was held yesterday. This is February so the South Korean technology company usually refreshes its Galaxy S lineup at this time. We have watched these unveilings for an extended period, and while the devices...
In keeping up with digital technology, a website has been launched that will allow locals and non locals to explore Kenya virtually. Kenya House is a digital hub for information on Kenya’s past, present and future. When you visit the website,...
Safaricom M-PESA Xpress has been around for more than four years. The feature was launched by the operator to see Kenyans pay easily for apps from places such as Google Play or iOS’s App Store. At its launch, it made a...
I listen to a lot of podcasts. I watch a lot of YouTube videos. So when my favourite YouTubers started hosting podcasts on the giant video sharing platform, I couldn't be more excited. I am not alone. A recent...
The termination rates debate is still hot for two primary reasons, all led by operators. On one side, Safaricom wants the CA to rethink the new KES 0.12 per minute proposed fee, which is substantially lower than what was...
Data from operator Safaricom reveals that millions of Kenyans are using its overdraft facility, Fuliza. Introduced back in 2019, the facility has grown substantially and is now part and parcel of the carrier’s leading moneymakers. Fuliza is owned by the operator...
The mobile termination rates (MRTs) debate has been ongoing for a couple of days now, and that’s for good reason because there are some pressing issues that are yet to be addressed by the ICT regulator the CA, as...
The past year has been interesting from a policy POV with the new legislative and regulatory changes in Kenya’s tech space. This year, my senior Caroline Simba and I take a look at what 2022 has in store.  10. Networks:...
Towards the end of 2021, ICT regulator the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) announced plans to cut call termination rates, also referred to as mobile termination rates (MTRs) from KES 0.99 to KES 0.12 per minute. The new rates were...
We saw really great smartphones last d̶e̶c̶a̶d̶e̶ year - foldables went mainstream(OPPO Find N, Z Flip 3, Z Fold 3 among others), S21 series, Xiaomi Mi 11T Pro, Galaxy A72, OPPO Reno6 5G, iPhone 13 series, Infinix Zero X...
We got our hands on various gadgets this year - from smart home devices, smartwatches, laptops, smartphones and wearables. You all loved engaging with our articles and here are our most-read reviews from 2021. Anker Soundcore Q20 Review Audiophiles are always...
Every year for the past 6 years we take a trip down memory lane from an ICT Law and Policy POV, here is 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. We didn’t have one for 2020 unfortunately due to unforeseeable circumstances. Here...
Data about mobile money services has been released by the ICT regulator the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) for the first quarter of the 2021/2022 FY, starting from July to September 2021. This information is essential because it highlights trends...
A couple of days ago, it was revealed that Safaricom was in the process of supplementing its popular super-app M-PESA with ads. The development, of course, was met by public uproar, but it was for good reason. See, we are used...
Kenya Power believes that it is in a better position to distribute high-speed internet to the rural parts of the country. This is not news, because in the past, we have heard of similar plans, but they have never really...
Infinix has really stepped up its smartphone game in the past couple of months. They have launched a wide variety of really great devices with modern features and upgraded specs to suit price-conscious consumers. Infinix is currently rewarding customers this...
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Instagram is one of my favourite social media platforms right after Twitter and TikTok. The Meta-owned social network has been launching new features much to my delight so I end up staying longer on the app. Features like Reels, the...