Saturday, June 1, 2019

AAK tips local professionals to increase their participation in Public Private Partnership projects


Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) President Mugure Njendu has today challenged local professionals to build their capacity and understanding of Public Private Partnerships (PPP) so they can participate in large infrastructure projects.
Speaking during a PPP masterclass seminar for 100 professionals in the built environment, she noted that without sufficient knowledge in the legal, fund-raising, and procurement dynamics of PPP’s, such projects will continue being dismissed as insurmountable feats or handed over to foreign contractors.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Professional Associations and Local Contractors pledge to pursue joint capacity building programmes


Local contractors have today committed to work closely with professional associations in the built environment to develop a 5-year capacity building program in the areas of construction management and access to finance.
The programme is aimed at boosting local contractors’ competitiveness by sharing best practices for managing construction projects and enlightening them on project financing mechanisms available to help build their capacity to take on large projects.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

SkyVision extends its commitment to Ghana’s Crossover Academy for underprivileged children

SkyVision Global Networks Ltd, a leading global communications provider, today announced the recent donation of its satellite connectivity solutions to further support students at Ghana’s Crossover International Academy. SkyVision’s donation included upgrading the academy’s communications equipment with the support of VT iDirect, and providing Internet connectivity for an additional year, enabling students to access online educational programs and related e-learning tools.   

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

How Movitel has changed the life of Mozambican people: From a house helper to a boss – one in many fairy tales created by Movitel

Antonio Edmundo, 23 years old, is currently the director of the Movitel’s district center island Ilha de Mozambique, Nampula province. Just two years ago, he was only a house helper in the office this business center of Movitel, SA – a joint venture between Vietnamese company Viettel and Mozambique’s SPI Company. Antonio's journey from a house helper to a master might surprise many people; it’s just like a dream coming true!

Movitel – An evidence of Viettel’s successful business model in Africa

Movitel, a joint venture between Vietnam’s telecommunication Viettel Group and Mozambique’s SPI, has won the Mobile Innovations Awards for enterprises in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. This is the third consecutive year in a row that Movitel has been selected for the coveted award for its achievements and innovation in mobile technology.

This category presented to Movitel is not open for individual entries but considered by the Judges based on all the shortlisted entries in the awards. Movitel has outpaced many other strong telecom and electronic commerce companies to win the award thanks to its unique mobile operating solution in Mozambique initiating from the concept that telecom service is a kind of commodity that everyone needs. The solution is to popularize telecom services to every population, regardless of their locations or income conditions. This investment strategy has been successfully applied by Viettel in many telecommunications projects in different countries.

There are different business models applied by telecom companies. For instance, Vodacom follows a traditional operation method by building up the basic network infrastructure, then holding marketing and sale activities focusing in potential areas of customers. Another example is Airtel, which pursues an infrastructure sharing model for its telecom projects in many countries. As being late entrant to the Mozambican telecom market, Movitel has chosen to invest on a strong network infrastructure and distribution channel throughout the country to provide services nationwide.

While urban market with 40% total population witnesses a fierce competition among operators, the rural areas seems to be neglected. Therefore, Movitel has endorsed an initiative focused on offering full telecom services in rural and underserved areas in Mozambique, including mobile, fixed phone and Internet. The company has built up a great network infrastructure of 2,800 towers – accounting for 50% nationwide, 25,000km fiber optic cable – accounting for 70% nationwide. It has a widespread supplying chain to every village with 153 shops, 12,600 agents and points of sales and nearly 4,000 direct sales staffs. Especially, in order to take care of customers in the case of scattered and low-density population like in Mozambique, Movitel applies a door-to-door model. With Movitel, local people can be served and cared at their house instead of walking far away to reach the shop or agent. This unique way not only helps Movitel spread out its services quickly but also gaining strong support from the local people thanks to the jobs and services Movitel brings to them. As a result of this, it is currently dominating the rural areas with more than 80% of market share.

Besides, the low and flexibly tailored tariff plan for different customers also makes it easier for the people to access telecom services. Furthermore, with an aim for sustainable development before earning profit, Movitel has organized many social programs including free Internet broadband to schools, subsidizing handset cost for rural users, offering special packages designed to support low-income users such as farmers or students.

By deploying a mobile network infrastructure in rural and remote areas; providing free Internet to 2,500 schools; and generating nearly 20,000 jobs in rural areas; Movitel has considerably contributed to uplifting the telecommunication status of the country and creating the field for e-commerce in Mozambique. After 2 years, Movitel’s initiative has helped increase the telecommunications coverage in Mozambique from 60% to 85% nationwide and from 35% to 70% population. Mozambique is now among the top three nations in terms of fiber optical cabling infrastructure in Sub-Sahara Africa.

Consequently, Movitel has set the right platform, which is mutual beneficial for customer and itself. Movitel’s initiative is leading in increasing their subscriber base thus raising their market share. Customers are benefitting from a strong and reliable network available countrywide, majority of who will be loyal to Movitel’s brand due to their strategy and effort to reach them. For these reasons, the switching rate from Movitel’s competitors to become its customers can be expected. This can be proved by the number of 5 million subscribers (making up 32% of market share) it has achieved since its inception in May 15, 2012 and it is poised to take the lead in the market in the coming time. Total revenue in 2013 is US$154.5 million, bringing the company US$8.8 million profit.

The significant success of Movitel has proved the unique but effective investment strategy of Viettel. Affiliates of the group in Cambodia and Laos, respectively Metfone and Unitel are leading the market in terms of subscriber and revenue. Others including Natcom in Haiti and Telemor in Timor-Leste are taking the second positions in the markets and promisingly opting the first position within this year.

Nigerians Are Selling Unused Items Worth USD 526 million on MoboFree.com

MoboFree.com - the leading African social marketplace, today announced that the total volume of items currently for sale in its marketplace is worth USD 526 million and is expected to reach USD 1.5 billion by 2015. With 3.3 million registered users, including 2 million in Nigeria and a strong footprint in Zimbabwe, Uganda and Ghana, MoboFree.com is among the largest and most successful mobile social and trusted classifieds platforms in Africa.

World Panel Zambia, Ltd. Celebrates Official Launch of Solar Chargers

World Panel Zambia Ltd. launched the durable World Panel solar panels that charge mobile phones as fast as a wall plug. Held at Lusaka’s Taj Pamodzi Hotel, the launch was attended by senior Zambian government officials, COMESA free-trade group leaders, US embassy officers, African Development Bank officials and the CEOs of major Zambian mobile operators. The launch celebrated the first container of World Panels that arrived in World Panel Zambia’s Lusaka warehouse. 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Global Ingredient Manufacturer Ingredion plans re-entry into the Kenyan market

Global Ingredient Manufacturer Ingredion plans to re-introduce full operations in the Kenyan market once it’s sure getting raw materials locally. The company which relies more on corn to produce some of its products closed down its factory in Eldoret in 2002 because of maize deficiency in the country. According to Ingredion Senior Director Strategy & Business Development, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Mike Croghan, the company is working with various industry stakeholders to improve and stabilize market conditions. However, he was non-committal on when the company would reset up a new factory in Kenya.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Airtel Kenya and Chandarana Supermarkets now offers 5% discount plus free home delivery on Purchases made with Airtel Money

Mobile money services have encroached on almost all segments of our economy, in a latest move that will see Airtel Money users spend less 5 percent on purchases made from Chandarana supermarkets, it clearly shows how local organizations are eager to cash-out on this fundamental development. The Chandarana supermarkets have an online based store from which customers can make orders and pay with various payments options including Airtel Money. Besides a 5 percent reduction in the total price, customers will also have their orders delivered at home at their convenience. Unlike most parts of Africa, Kenya is far a head in mobile payments services with Mpesa enjoying a substantial customer base among phone owners in the country.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

KTN, NTV, CITIZEN alongside affiliated TV Stations Goes Off-Air Following Dismissal of their Petition

After a high court judge ruled against a petition filed by Media owners association, top three broadcasters in Kenya went off-air leaving Kenyan’s with a message indicating the same. The petition which sort to have the period for digital migration in Nairobi extended for another five years was not granted by Judge David Majanja saying all the concerned parties were involved in the entire process and he had no reason to stall it. Among other arguments, the media owners had sort for a directive from the Judge on violations of intellectual properties as a result of Gotv rebroadcasting their content. In a surprise move, it was argued that even Startimes was insolvent and therefore not reliable. Justice David Majanja dismissed the allegations altogether saying they were unsubstantiated.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Nokia Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320 Overview

With an increasing demand for smartphones with giant screens, Nokia has finally entered the league with two large screen Lumia devices: the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320. The pair adds-up to Nokia’s best performing Lumia range that comes installed with windows phone operating system alongside other software tweaks to give user the best experience on their handsets. Both Lumia 1320 and Lumia 1520 are fitted with a 6inch display panel and comes with latest advancements for windows phone OS. Having productivity as well as entertainment in mind, the two devices offers a third column of tiles on the home screen, so you can add more apps to be access instantly. Windows phone OS still trails the likes of android and iOS, however its popularity is gaining more adoptions by manufacturers, app developers and consumers.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Nokia Lumia 625 now available in East Africa

Nokia today announced the availability of the Nokia Lumia 625 smartphone across East Africa, offering affordable high speed connectivity with a big 4.7” screen for a leading entertainment experience.

The Nokia Lumia 625 is available in a range of colours at the following recommended retail prices:

Kenya: KES 28,900               

Tanzania: TZS 525,000

Uganda: UGX 839,000

With a new expression of the award winning Nokia Lumia design, the Nokia Lumia 625 offers the choice of semi-transparent changeable shells; available in white, black and yellow which add to the Live Tile personalisation brought by Windows Phone 8.

Nokia Lumia 625 brings a rich selection of exclusive high end innovations to a lower price. These include a range of integrated camera applications like Nokia Smart Camera, which allows users to capture the perfect shot every time, and Nokia Cinemagraph, which transforms pictures into living memories.

The Nokia Lumia 625 is 4G/LTE ready smartphone, capable of offering up to 10x faster video streaming and internet surfing*. Content like games, apps, and free navigation with HERE Maps and Drive are also easier to follow on its big screen. It offers access to over 165,000 apps and leading Nokia services out of the box.

“The Nokia Lumia 625 combines high end innovation and experiences with a stunning 4.7” screen and high speed connectivity, to bring entertainment to new audiences on a budget,” said Bruce Howe, general manager for Nokia East Africa. “This is a great addition to our Lumia portfolio in the region and shows our commitment to constantly bringing innovation at every price point”. 

Running Windows Phone 8, the Nokia Lumia 625 provides leading personalisation with changeable Live Tiles that update direct to the home screen, whilst the People Hub makes it easy to stay connected with friends and family. There’s also Xbox Live, Microsoft Office integration and 7GB of online SkyDrive storage that add to the 8GB of in built memory, and SD memory card support of up to 64GB.

*Dependent on availability of 4G/LTE network service in market

Nokia Lumia 625

Operating System

Windows Phone 8

Display

4.7 inch WVGA @ 201ppi with Sunlight Readability Enhancement, High Brightness   Mode, Color Enhancement and Super Sensitive Touch

Battery

2000 mAh

Processor

1.2GHz, Dual Core

Camera

Main: 5MP Autofocus, LED flash ,1080p@30fps, VGA front facing camera

Memory

512MB RAM

8GB with support for up to 64GB SD card

 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Africans invited to name Lenovo’s first Android statue

Statue to commemorate the launch of Lenovo’s new Android tablets in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.
PC Supplier, Lenovo has announced plans to create a uniquely African Android statue. This landmark campaign is to commemorate the launch of the Lenovo A1000, A3000 and S6000 Android tablets in Africa.

The most famous Android statues have been created by Google and are located at their corporate headquarters (Googleplex) in Mountain View, California. These statues document important milestones in the history of Android and have traditionally been based on the code names for the versions of Google's Android mobile operating system, which are named alphabetically after desserts: Cupcake, Éclair, Frodo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jellybean.

It has been rumoured that the next official version of Android will be called Key Lime Pie, a traditional American dessert – but Lenovo has decided to launch a campaign to ask Africans what they would name it if they had a choice.

Lenovo will then build a statue, modelling it after the winning name. The campaign is accompanied by a social media competition on Lenovo Africa Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LenovoAfrica) asking Android and Lenovo fans, in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya, to name the statue. The winner of the best and most creative name will receive a hamper full of Lenovo goodies worth USD 2,000. The winner will be chosen by Lenovo and the Africa Android statue will be unveiled in October this year.

“We are thrilled to create Africa’s first ever Android statue to celebrate the launch of our new range of tablets,” commented Graham Braum, Country Manager of Lenovo Africa. “Our latest Android tablet family is perfectly matched to meet our customers’ demands. We’ve noted that 7” tablets are well accepted, particularly by young, active users who are always on the go, so we’ve created devices that address these customers’ needs, as well as devices for more demanding gamers and multimedia users. We are confident that our Android family will appeal to customers across Africa as we’ve made them highly accessible and flexible to serve multiple needs, styles and budgets.”

Lenovo’s new Android tablet range starts with two new A-series 7” tablets designed for optimal mobility while still packing a performance punch. The A1000, with Dolby® Digital Plus, will deliver a dazzling experience for music and entertainment lover, while the A3000, with its ultra-responsive quad-core processor, is high-performance tablet that’s portable enough to slip in your jacket pocket. .

Alongside these models, Lenovo also launched the new and stylish S6000. The slim, light and comfortable to hold tablet is powered by a quad-core processor and delivers the performance users need to enjoy the latest apps and games on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, while its 10.1" HD IPS mutitouch display guarantees a bright and vivid viewing experience.