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Safaricom: Latest News
The Conversation, 9:16 am
Disruptive competition through technology can benefit consumers, but it also raises socioeconomic issues. Africa is no exception. There are concerns that Uber, with its first-mover advantage in the ride-sharing market, is growing into a monopoly despite the benefits to consumers. Traditional metered taxis are seeing red. In South Africa, new entrants into the ride-sharing app market have made little progress. The picture is very different in Kenya. Safaricom appears to have overcome the seemingly insurmountable first-mover position enjoyed by Uber.
Tom Jackson, 2:19 pm AFKI Original
Just 2% of retail transactions in Africa are electronic. Cash is still king and small transactions — less than $2 — have hindered the growth of mobile money outside of its Kenyan heartland. The value of M-Pesa and similar services is questionable for Africans living on just a few dollars a day. The average M-Pesa transaction value is closer to US$30. It’s unsustainable for agents to serve lower-income segments. They can’t afford to get down to the level of very small transactions, limiting the effect of mobile money on the bottom of the pyramid.
Kevin Mwanza, 9:29 am
Little Cab, a taxi-hailing app owned by Nairobi-based technology firms, Craft Silicon, and East Africa’s biggest telecommunication provider, Safaricom, plans to expand its operations to Uganda and Nigeria as it intensifies its market battle against the dominant U.S.-based taxi-haling firm, Uber. The decision is likely to change the app’s fortunes, whose increase in customers in Kenya has not led to a rise in its earnings
Kevin Mwanza, 10:04 am AFKI Original
Uber drivers in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, have gone on strike to protest a decision by the taxi-hailing tech company to cut prices by more than 35 percent in a bid to wade off growing competition in the East African nation. A number of drivers affiliated to the San Francisco-based Uber Technologies held a demonstration on Tuesday in Westlands, a suburb of the African city, where the company is headquartered.
Kevin Mwanza, 7:55 am
The Zimbabwean government deliberately blocked the entry of South Africa’s MTN Group and Kenya’s Safaricom into the nation’s telecoms space in order to shield local operators from bigger international firms and promote their organic growth. MTN has its presence in 22 African countries, while Safaricom is the biggest communication company in East and Central Africa. The Southern Africa nation has three mobile networks — Econet, NetOne and Telecel.
Kevin Mwanza, 7:44 am
Kenya largest telecom, Safaricom, plans to launch a taxi hailing service, known as Littlecabs, that will compete with Uber in the local market. Safaricom’s chief executive Robert Collymore told Reuters the operator — famous for it successful mobile money platform M-Pesa — will partner with a local software firm, Craft Silicon, to create the Littlecabs app. “It is effectively a rival for Uber,” Collymore said. “It is a local competitor which will be cheaper and better for the local community.”
Dana Sanchez, 1:45 pm
M-Kopa’s pay-as-you-go business model means African customers — many living on $2 a day or less — are not paying up front. Instead they use mobile phones to pay at least 50 cents a day plus a hefty interest by U.S. standards — about 20%. The U.S. solar model has also been driven by leasing, but that’s changing. Cheaper prices make owning panels a much cheaper option for U.S. consumers. That hasn’t happened yet in Africa.
Dana Sanchez, 5:03 pm
South Africa already had a thriving money transfer market when Vodacom introduced M-Pesa there. About 75 percent of South Africans have financial inclusion in traditional banks. Vodacom is shutting down M-Pesa in South Africa, but is still operating in Kenya, Tanzania, Lesotho, Mozambique and DRC. “Since the day of the launch in 2010 in South Africa, I’ve questioned the viability of it in this country because of the fact that the success factors for M-Pesa in Kenya were not present in South Africa,” an expert said.
Lillian Mutiso, 5:04 am AFKI Original
M-Shwari is a cashless credit and savings system that is offered through Safaricom’s M-pesa, a mobile money platform. Mshwari is a Kiswahili word that means, ‘calm’ or ‘all is good’. It was launched in November 2012 through a partnership between Safaricom and the Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA). Below are eight things to know about M-Shwari;
Julia Austin, 11:25 am AFKI Original
Many Kenyan professionals without a college degrees struggle to find jobs in corporations. Collymore said he considers high school graduates and even high school dropouts to be potentially eligible job candidates. As someone who didn’t attend university, he says he’d be a hypocrite not to give others like him a chance. Here are 8 things you should know about Bob Collymore.
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