Musings on the on the 'Silicon Savannah': Past, Present & Future

Kenya has come to be closely associated with technology innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly in the area of mobile technology, raising the country’s profile internationally as one of the up-coming tech hubs in Sub-Saharan Africa. The country has even been dubbed the ‘Silicon Savannah’, a term that embodies the aspirations of the country to dominate technology […]

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How We Did It: Invested Development's Sean Smith on Convincing Safaricom to Launch the AppWiz Challenge.

Editor’s Note: This post is written by Sean Smith. Sean spearheaded and will continue to lead Invested Development’s efforts in supporting the Safaricom App Wiz Challenge. In early 2012, Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore and other senior executives of Kenya’s largest telecom visited the iHub in Nairobi to answer questions from the innovation community. Most of the back and […]

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Mobile Technology in East Africa

In this presentation I take a look at some statistics about mobile technology in Eastern Africa, looking at specific countries in the region. Overall, the observations are quite consistent: Feature phones still rule Mobile penetration is increasing steadily in each country Mobile is the primary means by which people are accessing the internet The majority […]

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Where Opportunities Lie in the African Mobile Space

This is the second in a 4-part series on Africa: The Present frontier.  Africa straddles two realities. One is underpinned by the belief that Africa is the next frontier and measures the continent’s progress against an expected trajectory and momentum modeled on that which developed economies have followed in the past. As the continent leapfrogged […]

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5 Reasons You Need to Be At Mobile Web East Africa 2012 This February

In Kenya’s technology past over the past four years there have been some hallmark moments that have began waves and changes that shifted the course of history in technology here. Contacts, coffees and conversations have been sparked in boardrooms, hallways, Skunkworks meetings, cafes and nowadays places like Nairobi’s iHub.   Two years ago, however, there […]

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Visa gets serious: Let the Africa Mobile Payment Wars Begin

A student at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania was asked by a former lead engineer at paypal during a mentoring session almost a year ago “Why are you not using Amazon web services for cloud computing?”, he replied “I don’t have a credit card to set up the service”…. The student could […]

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A Look at Mobile Broadband in Kenya [infographic]

This post was originally from the Nairobi innovation hub blog and is reposted here with their permission… The arrival of the undersea fiber cables in Kenya in 2009 has revolutionized the technology and economic sectors. Kenya is one of very few countries in Africa with a comprehensive framework set up in this regard. Average national download speeds have […]

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Mobile Money Bridging the Gap to Online Payments in Kenya

Mobile Money has come a long way in the last few years. Kenyan mobile network operator, Safaricom, introduced their MPESA service 4 years ago in 2007 and the service literally took off, setting the stage for quite the revolution. Safaricom’s MPESA is today the most successful mobile money operation all over the world, and their numbers […]

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Analysis of Google Africa & Wananchi Group's Wazi WiFi: "Pay-per-Device" Freemium Wireless Internet In Nairobi

Google Africa, based out of Nairobi, Kenya along with the Wananchi Group have began a pilot of what could be compared to something akin to Google’s free wifi in Mountain View, California? Questions of net neutrality aside, it is certainly an interesting step; part of Google Africa’s mandate to get more Africans online by creating […]

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Africa's Top Dogs of the MNO World

Africa is probably the most fertile ground for mobile in this time. Mobile subscriber growth and penetration is growing steadily, and predictions are that the trend will continue. So who are the top dogs of the Mobile Network Operator (MNO) world in Africa? African Telecom News has some great data and statistics regarding matters such […]

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