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Rita Okuthe, Director of Enterprise Business, Safaricom

Safaricom Sees Amazon as Model for Kenya E-Commerce Platform

Safaricom Ltd. of Kenya plans to introduce an e-commerce platform within eight months targeting formal retail and informal online trading in East Africa’s biggest economy.

Edwin Dande, Managing Partner & CEO, Cytonn Investments

Meet the Kenyan entrepreneur who built an $800 million asset management firm

Kenyan-born Edwin Dande is the Founder of Cytonn Investments, an alternative investment management and real estate company, with offices in Nairobi and the DC Metro area.

Kenya's mobile internet beats the United States for speed

Fact of the Day: Kenya has faster mobile internet speed than the United States

Kenya has the world’s 14th-fastest mobile internet speed, according to a report from the content delivery network Akamai.

Jabu Moleketi, incoming Chairman, Vodacom

Vodacom names Moleketi as Chairman

South Africa’s Vodacom Group said on Thursday it has appointed non-executive director Jabu Moleketi to succeed Peter Moyo as the mobile phone network operator’s next chairman.

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M-Pesa, Safaricom, Kenya regulators and Vodacom could be about to open up mobile money in Africa

M-Pesa, the mobile money system that is the pride and anchor of Kenya’s homegrown technology community, has had plenty of hype and excitement since its 2007 launch.

Shameel Joosub, CEO, Vodacom

South Africa's Vodacom to buy 35% Of Kenya's Safaricom from parent Vodafone

Southern African telecoms giant Vodacom Group will buy a 34.94% stake in Kenyan operator Safaricom – known for its ground-breaking M-Pesa mobile money system.

afaricom hopes to spread across Africa. Credit: Reuters/Noor Khamis

Safaricom is planning to expand M-Pesa mobile money across Africa

Safaricom is planning to take its successful mobile money service M-Pesa across Africa after building a dominant home base in Kenya and presence in its East African neighbors.

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Africa growth to rebound in 2017: Africa Capital Group (Infographic)

After the U.S. election in November, many Africa investors became concerned that a move toward a more isolationist trade policy in the U.S. would hinder business, trade and capital flows to and from Africa.

Kenya to offer mobile-only bond to investors

Kenya to offer mobile-only bond to investors

Kenya will start selling a mobile-phone based government bond this week, the Treasury said on Tuesday, the culmination of a lengthy plan to tap a new pool of investors into government securities.

Kenya telecoms regulator says has no intention to split company. Credit: qz.com

Kenya telecoms regulator says has no intention to split Safaricom

Kenya’s telecoms regulator said on Tuesday it had no plans to break up any company in the sector.

Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom

Vodafone slams proposed split of Kenya's M-PESA as 'ridiculous'

Safaricom Ltd, East Africa’s biggest mobile-phone company, would have to reconsider future investment in Kenya if proposals to break up the company are implemented.

Safaricom faces break-up call from Kenyan lawmaker

Safaricom faces break-up call from Kenyan lawmaker

A Kenyan lawmaker proposed breaking up Safaricom, the country’s biggest telecoms operator, on Tuesday because of its role in providing mobile financial services.

PesaLink - Kenyan banks have joined forces to launch a mobile money rival to M-PESA

Kenyan banks have joined forces to launch a mobile money rival to M-PESA

Nearly ten years after its launch, M-Pesa finally has what could be a major competitor in the multi-billion dollar mobile money transactions business.

Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom

Safaricom's M-PESA has Kenya's government worried what happens in the event of a crash (Infographic)

At the time of M-Pesa’s launch in 2007, few could have conceived the mobile money service would be as ubiquitous and deeply entrenched in the lives of millions of Kenyans as it is today.

Africa's banker of tomorrow

Armed with fintech and fueled by data: Africa's banker of tomorrow

Markets in Shanghai closed up today on news that the Chinese bullet train manufacturer Fujian Corp won the contract to connect Casablanca to Abidjan.

Kenyan banks want a bigger share of the mobile money action. Credit: qz.com/Reuters/Thomas Mukoya

Kenyan banks are closing in on what they think will be the perfect M-PESA disruptor (Infographic)

Early next year, Kenyan banks are expected to unveil a digital and mobile money transfer platform to rival M-Pesa’s longstanding dominance as the scramble for cashless payments intensifies.

Africa Offers Big Potential for Streaming Video

Africa Offers Big Potential for Streaming Video

When the pan-African VOD platform Buni.tv launched in 2012, the Nairobi-based company was one of the first to recognize the untapped potential of the online market on the continent.

Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom

Safaricom in talks with five firms on M-PESA's future

Mobile service provider Safaricom has announced that it is in discussions with five companies to broaden the availability of M-PESA services.

Visa launches mobile money service mVisa to rival Safaricom's M-PESA

Visa launches mobile money service mVisa to rival Safaricom's M-PESA

Visa Inc., the world’s largest payments network, introduced a mobile-phone application to enable cashless transactions in Kenya, where the majority of wireless payments are being done through the nation’s biggest telecommunications company, Safaricom Ltd.

Mark Zuckerberg's trips to Nigeria and Kenya track tech's growing interests on the continent

Mark Zuckerberg's trips to Nigeria and Kenya track tech's growing interests on the continent

After a surprise Nigeria visit to meet with techies in Lagos, Mark Zuckerberg took his Africa tour to Kenya this Thursday.

Mark Zuckerberg has made a surprise visit to Nairobi to learn about mobile money

Mark Zuckerberg has made a surprise visit to Nairobi to learn about mobile money

On his surprise tour of tech hubs in Africa, Mark Zuckerberg has made a pit stop in Nairobi.

Paga agent: Mobile money is catching on. Credit: qz.com

Nigerians are finally using mobile money services

It took a while to catch on but Nigerians are finally using mobile money. Over the past decade, financial institutions and telecoms operators, sometimes in collaboration, as well as standalone firms have tried to deploy mobile money services in Africa’s largest economy with mixed success.

Mobile Economy - Africa 2016: GSMA

The mobile economy - Africa 2016: GSMA (Infographics & Report)

At the end of 2015, 46% of the population in Africa subscribed to mobile services, equivalent to more than half a billion people. The region’s three dominant markets – Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa – together accounted for around a third of the region’s total subscriber base.

What Africa's banking sector needs to do to survive

What Africa's banking sector needs to do to survive: Ndubuisi Ekekwe, Founder, African Institution of Technology

Across Africa, banking is being redesigned. Technology has emerged as a competitive weapon in driving operational excellence and superior service quality.

Bob Collymore (Right), CEO, Safaricom. Safaricom launched Uber rival Little Cabs earlier this month. Credit: techcrunch.com

In Kenya, Safaricom's Little Cabs app goes head to head with Uber

Even as a deal is imminent between Uber and its closest competitor Didi Chuxing in the immense Chinese market, competition in ride-sharing continues to intensify around the globe.

M-PESA customers will soon be able to use debit cards for quicker transactions. Credit: Reuters/Thomas Mukoya/qz.com

Safaricom's M-PESA is getting its own debit card to compete with banks

Safaricom, parent of the M-PESA mobile money platform, is eyeing a piece of the $13.5 billion in annual transactions in Kenya’s payment cards industry with a new debit card.

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Online shopping startup MallForAfrica partners with e-commerce giant eBay

American eBay sellers will soon gain access to Africa’s biggest consumer markets.

Here are 7 predictions for Africa's tech sector

Here are 7 predictions for Africa's tech sector

As Africa transitions from the margins to the mainstream of the global economy, technology is playing an increasingly significant role.

Cape Town, South Africa. Photograph: Eric Nathan/Alamy

A New Map for Business in Africa

Only a few years ago, Africa was being dubbed “the next Asia,” and multinationals watched with mounting interest as local economies boomed across the continent.

South Africa's MTN bets on mobile banking with new CEO

South Africa's MTN bets on mobile banking with new CEO

MTN’s new chief executive Rob Shuter has been brought in to boost profits at Africa’s biggest mobile phone group after a $1.7 billion fine in Nigeria, by persuading its 200 million clients to use their handsets to store money and pay bills.

With Kenya's Safaricom, Uber will face a rival it won't be able to beat so easily

With Kenya's Safaricom, Uber will face a rival it won't be able to beat so easily

In Africa, local taxi companies and startups have been working hard to compete with Uber but the ride hailing company has managed to outmaneuver most of them.

Kenya's Safaricom to launch local rival to Uber.

Little Cabs: Kenya's Safaricom to launch local rival to Uber

Kenya’s biggest telecoms company Safaricom is joining up with a local software firm to launch a ride-hailing company to take on Uber as it seeks new sources of revenue, its CEO said.

As it expands in Africa, Uber adapts to local markets and adopts cash payments

As it expands in Africa, Uber adapts to local markets and adopts cash payments

While Uber continues its push into Africa the company is making allowances to local markets and testing unique service models users wouldn’t see in other parts of the globe.

John Tanui, Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KOTDA)

First phase of Kenya's smart city Konza is ready for development, says Konza Development CEO John Tanui

The first country in the region to set up a smart city, Konza Techno City, Kenya is way ahead in East Africa’s ICT development race.

At the regional finals of the third annual Challenge Cup, hosted this year in Nairobi. Credit: Christopher M. Schroeder/recode.net

Startup Rising Africa

It’s hard to get more American than generalizing Africa as one big homogenous thing. It is, of course, a rich and diverse continent of more than 50 nations, where merely a piece of it — say from Kenya to Nigeria — is a greater distance than the entire United States.

In partnership with mobile money platform M-PESA, KCB disburses one loan every eight seconds.

Fact of the Day: Kenyan bank KCB disburses one loan every eight seconds

Bid farewell to long lines at the teller window. Brick and mortar bank branches will soon be going the way of the dinosaur.

Africa's mobile subscriptions grow fastest globally

Africa's mobile subscriptions grow fastest globally: ITU

Africa experienced the largest growth in mobile subscriptions of any world region in 2014, according to Analyse Africa’s analysis of data from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

Jumia is one of the leading e-commerce sites in Africa.

African Technology Startups Gaining Attention

The increasingly noticeable discussions of the tech boom taking shape across Africa were recently further bolstered by news about startup financings on the continent.

Barclays decision to pull out of Africa is a sign of the bank's weakness, not the continent's potential

Barclays decision to pull out of Africa is a sign of the bank's weakness, not the continent's potential

Barclays has announced it is to withdraw from Africa. It will gradually reduce its 62% stake in Barclays Africa Group over the next two to three years.

Mitchell Elegbe, Founder & CEO, Interswitch

Nigerian fintech company Interswitch could become Africa's first startup to IPO at $1B+ valuation

Africa’s first billion-dollar tech IPO on a major exchange may be imminent.

Herbert Wigwe, CEO, Access Bank

Mobile telephony enables Nigerian banks to fine tune services

Uzoma Dozie can remember when really effective marketing by banks took a different form.

Africa's digital banking boom

Africa's digital banking boom

Five years ago, banking clients in Nairobi had to spend an hour queuing to pay their utility bills. Fast forward to the present day, and these clients can now pay their bills at the touch of a button from the comfort of their home.