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African leaders gather to discuss digital transformation in the public sector

NairoIMG_5820bi, Kenya – 6 March 2017 – Microsoft is confirming its commitment to digital transformation in the public sector in Africa, by bringing together government decision makers from across the continent, at events Nairobi, Kenya.

The event will address Microsoft’s mission to empower sectors like agriculture, health, justice, transport, public finance and shared services, through digital transformation. Microsoft will unveil some of the key solutions on offer in the transformation of these verticals. Continue reading

Apps main reason for buying smartphones-Ericsson ConsumerLab report

Faster Internet connectivity and access to apps are the main drivers of smartphone purchases, a new report shows.

The report by Technology service provider Ericsson, shows that new smartphone users embrace apps at the same pace as mature users and 69 percent of smartphone users in the survey accessed internet using apps on a daily basis and 20 percent used data-intensive services like video, TV, maps or navigation apps daily. Continue reading

Dot Africa: African Union Commission selects UniForum SA to administer new dotAFRICA Top Level Domain

The African Union has selected dot(.) ZA central registry operator, UniForum SA, as its preferred registry operator that will administer the upcoming dotAFRICA Top Level Domain.

dotAfrica is set to be a distinctive pan-African identification for regional online operations when it is opened up for registration. Continue reading

Kenya’s abolition on handset taxes pays off, new GSMA report shows

By James Ratemo in Cape Town, South Africa

Kenya’s abolition of the 16 per cent general sales tax on mobile handsets in 2009 has resulted in handset purchases increasing by more than 200 per cent, a new GSMA report shows.

With mobile operators contributing a third more in taxes in 2011 than in 2009, mobile generated around 8 per cent of Kenya’s GDP. The report calls on African governments to allocate spectrum and lower taxes to enable mobile network expansion across Africa, generating major economic and social growth.

The GSMA report released on Wednesday at the ongoing Africom conference in Cape Town, South Africa says Africa is now the world’s second largest mobile market by connections after Asia, and the fastest growing mobile market in the world. Continue reading

Mobility goes a notch higher with Samsung Galaxy S2

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Smartphone technology goes a notch higher with Samsung Galaxy s2

Smartphone technology has gone a notch higher with Samsung Galaxy S II which the Korean firm deems as its best smartphone so far. Communication and entertainment on the smartphone are simply unrivalled on the android platform that is increasingy becoming popular among techies Continue reading

Online is now the media of choice as emerging markets dominate Internet presence – TNS research

By James Ratemo in Nairobi

Kenyans are spending more time on Facebook

Kenyans are now spending on average 6.5 hours per week on social networking sites including twitter and facebook, a research has shown.

The latest and largest research shows over half of those in Kenya (55 per cent) have written their own blog or forum entry, compared to four out of five online users in China (88 per cent) and only 32 per cent in the US. Continue reading

Domain names take centre stage as ICANN meeting hits homestretch

By James Ratemo

Cost of registering new Internet top level domains, trademark protection and cyber security will today dominate a final meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Board, which climaxes in Nairobi. At a public forum on Thursday, country representatives argued that trademark protection and high cost of accrediting new domains would derail the introduction of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), as they urged ICANN board to strengthen policies on the accreditation and registration process to avert wrangles. Generic top-level domains include .com, .net and .biz, and geographical top level domains include .asia and .eu (for European Union) and .au (for African union).

Applicants are seeking proper mechanisms to be used in registering new geographical top level domains, like dot africa and expand gTLDs to include city names such as dot Nairobi (.nairobi), dot Kampala (.kampala) and dot Lagos (.lagos).

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