Safaricom's CEO Collymore dies

01 July 2019

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Collymore was 61

 

The chief executive officer (CEO) of Kenyan telecom company Safaricom, Bob Collymore, has died at the age of 61.

A British businessman born in Guyana, Collymore had been suffering from an acute form of leukemia and passed away while at home on the morning of July 1st. 

He was well known in Kenya and east Africa for championing M-Pesa to Kenyans, the mobile money transfer platform that began as texting money between users, but has now evolved to cover billions of financial transactions in the country.

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Vodacom partners with Amazon Web Services

14 June 2019

Vodacom has signed a strategic partnership with cloud giant Amazon Web Services (AWS), which will see the former become both a customer and a reseller of the latter’s services.

“We have signed a strategic collaboration agreement with Amazon Web Services, which will make AWS our primary cloud provider,” said Shameel Joosub, during the group’s annual results presentation in Midrand. “We will also be a strategic partner, integrator and reseller for AWS services across Africa.”

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Airtel Uganda and URA partner to ease tax payment

14 June 2019

Airtel Uganda has joined forces with the country’s tax collection body to ensure people find it easy and convenient to pay their bills.

The two bodies have launched an Airtel Money payment mode, dubbed Airtel Easy Tax, which will facilitate the payment of all taxes while offering the telecom’s subscribers convenience, reliability and efficiency.

In just a few steps, users will be able to register a payment and pay their taxes from the convenience of their home, office, or even while on the go. The tax collection body said that the initiative will be key in achieving two specific objectives.

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Rwandan platform-as-a-service start-up enters Uganda

14 June 2019

The kiosks offer services such as Wi-Fi, intranet solutions and phone-charging  photo: ARED

The kiosks offer services such as Wi-Fi, intranet solutions and phone-charging  photo: ARED

Ared, the Rwanda-based platform-as-a-service start-up known for its “Smart Business in a Box” solar-powered kiosks, has made Uganda its first international market.

The kiosks, known as Shiriki Hubs, are run mostly by women and people with disabilities, using a micro-franchise business model. They offer services such as Wi-Fi, intranet solutions for offline users and phone-charging services. 

The app offers additional services, including airtime, mobile money, prepaid electricity and tax payment services. 

Ared has now moved into Uganda, rolling out a total of 10 kiosks in Kampala and also the refugee camps of Arua district, where citizens belonging to lower income groups can charge their mobile devices, buy airtime and access the internet.

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