Thursday, July 25

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Safaricom Ethiopia
  • Safaricom targets a customer base of at least 10 million across 25 cities in the next year.
  • Since Safaricom Ethiopia switched on its mobile telecommunications network, it has grown coverage from an initial 11 to 22 cities.
  • Safaricom Ethiopia is building a wholly-owned mobile network and also has infrastructure sharing deal with state-owned Ethio Telecom.

Safaricom is now targeting a customer base of at least 10 million in Ethiopia in the next one year. The move is tailored to shake up the country’s telecommunication industry. (nelsongreerpainting) Latest developments follows huge investments in the country, with cash transfer service M-PESA now on the table.

Since Safaricom Telecommunications Ethiopia switched on its mobile telecommunications network and services in Addis Ababa in October last year, major inroads have been made in the second-most populous country in Africa.

It has grown coverage from an initial 11 cities when it launched to 22. …

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  • Kenyan workers were paid less than $2 to make ChatGPT less toxic, a new investigation by Time Magazine has revealed. 
  • OpenAI hired an outsourcing firm Sama who tasked workers to help build a filter system that would make ChatGPT suitable for everyday use with workers taking home an exploitive wage of between around $1.32 and $2 per hour depending on seniority and performance,
  • Time reports that the workers were forced to read graphic detail like child sexual abuse, beastiality, murder, suicide, torture, self harm, and incest.

It has now emerged that Kenyan workers were paid less than $2 to make ChatGPT less toxic, a new investigation by Time Magazine has revealed. 

According to the investigation, OpenAI hired an outsourcing firm Sama who tasked workers to help build a filter system that would make ChatGPT suitable for everyday use with workers taking home an exploitative wage of between around $1.32 and

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  • Safaricom Limited Chairman John Ngumi has resigned as the Chairman of the board effective 22nd December 2022 six months after his appointment. 
  • Ngumi leaves the Board to focus on developing green energy generation across Africa with an emphasis on green hydrogen. 
  • The company has also appointed veteran lawyer Adil Arshed Khawaja as a director of the board, effective 22nd December 2022. 

Safaricom Limited Chairman John Ngumi has resigned as the Chairman of the board effective 22nd December 2022, six months after his appointment. 

Safaricom Company Secretary Kathryne Maundu says Ngumi leaves the Board to focus on developing green energy generation across Africa with an emphasis on green hydrogen. 

“We take this opportunity to thank John for his service, dedication, sound advice and commitment to the Company. The Board wishes him the very best for the future,” Maundu said in a public notice released on Friday.

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The world top-notch technology firm Microsoft and African Development Bank (AfDB) have launched the digital training platform for African youth, named –Coding for Employment.

The platform is expected to provide digital skills to youth.

According to the a statement from the AfDB, the platform was launched during the 2019 African Economic Conference in Sharm El Sheikh- Egypt, with the sole aim of promoting a continuous learning culture among young people and build their capacity to share the future of the continent.

Africa has nearly 420 million youth, which almost one-third of them are unemployed and 10 to 12 million youth enter the workforce every year to find only 3.1 million jobs created, hence—AfDB data show that, by 2050 youth in Africa will double to 830 million.

The African Development Bank Group is Africa’s premier development finance institution, with a rather strong foothold in supporting African nation’s development initiatives. It …

The world is much more digitally interconnected, compared to the past three decades, and Tanzania has been busy to get its fair share of interconnectedness.

In 2013, there were about 23 million telecom subscribers in Tanzania, surprisingly at the moment, the number is almost close to double, as Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), telecoms statistics show, over 43 million subscribers, with an 81 per cent penetration.

It is important to recognize the contribution of the telecoms sector in Tanzania, to the economy and to the promotion of innovative solutions to community problems. Tanzania’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) quarterly highlights, show that: information and communications sector recorded a 10.3 per cent growth, compared to 9.6 in the first quarter, thus—the growth is attributed to increasing in airtime used by mobile phone owners, and the expansion of Tanzania’s broadcasting and internet use landscape.

On the side of the context, Bank of …

Tanzania’s leading technology and communication company, Vodacom Tanzania, has partnered with the  government, to fortify financial payment systems to 127 local governments offices.

The partnership was witnessed on November 3rd by the Ministry of Regional Administration and Local Government (TAMISEMI) and Vodacom Tanzania Plc, with a clear intention of strengthening payments processes to benefit over 14 million Vodacom customers, when making their duly payments at councils and municipalities across the country.

Vodacom Tanzania, which is listed at the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE), has taken a bold move within telecom business parameters, particularly with the present fintech take up and normalization in Tanzania, but also—Vodacom numbers catapulted their chances for the deal, as they are now—having 32.4 per cent of market share and 38.6 per cent of mobile money share, while their service revenue as indicated in its preliminary report (2019) grew to over $442 million, which is a …

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Tanzania’s leading digital lifestyle company, Tigo Tanzania, has today introduced the first most affordable 4G phone with the aim to provide 4G internet for everyone in Tanzania. The 4G enabled smart feature phone dubbed “Kitochi 4G Smart”will retail at $21 and comes with applications such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and YouTube.

Speaking during the launch, Tigo Tanzania’s Chief Commercial Officer, Tarik Boudiaf, said, “As the pioneers with the biggest 4G network in Tanzania since 2014 we are breaking yet another barrier to enable and avail everyone with the most affordable 4G phone to be part of our fast-growing digital family. We are proud of continuing advancing digital inclusion agenda in the country”

Boudiaf further added that the price of the 4G enabled devices has been a hindrance for most Tanzanians to enjoy the benefits of 4G internet. With the introduction of “Kitochi 4G Smart” in the market …

The banking sector in Tanzania has been experiencing a rather significant shift over the past few years.

According to the Bank of Tanzania (BoT) records, 40 registered banks operate in Tanzania, National Microfinance Bank (NMB) inclusively—which is now making a substantial investment in offering seamless banking services across Tanzania.

NMB Bank is one of the biggest banks in Tanzania, with over 13 years of operations in Tanzania. The bank’s ownership is split between the government via the Ministry of Finance, holding 31.8 per cent of the shares, public shareholders taking 21.6 per cent of shares of NMB, with foreign investors taking 3.3 per cent (directly or nominees)

Earlier in October, NMB Bank ushered a newly re-branded mobile platform and its app “Mobile Klik” to improve seamless access to financial services in Tanzania.

NMB Bank serves as robust retail and commercial bank, offering financial services to over 3.5 million customers served …

Safaricom has a new Chief Executive Officer, ending close to four months of search for a substantial boss. The Kenyan telecommunication company has appointed Diageo Continental Europe managing director Peter Ndegwa as its new CEO.

Kenya’s telecommunication company-Safaricom has a new Chief Executive Officer, ending close to four months of search for a substantial boss.

The Safaricom (Plc) Board of Directors on Thursday announced the appointment of Mr. Peter Ndegwa as the company’s new chief executive effective April 1, 2020.

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He joins Safaricom from Diageo (Plc) where he is the managing director of Diageo Continental Europe.

The position fell vacant after the demise of the late former chief executive Bob Collymore, who was serving a one year extension after his full term had come to fruition.

“Peter brings a wealth of experience in general management, commercial and business strategy, sales and finance operations, having spent over 25 years in various roles within the Financial Services and Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sectors in Africa and Europe,” the telco said yesterday.

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