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Sustainable development can’t be realized in Tanzania without a healthy population, that’s why the health sector has acquired a rather vital financial support from its development partner Germany to ameliorate, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) within the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) parameters.

According to a report by The Citizen, the grant was signed on 16th October, at Ministry of Finance’s premises in commercial city—Dar es Salaam, witnessed by ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dotto James and Acting Germany Ambassador Jorg Herrera.

The grant comes at the time when insurance services are slated for adoption by the insurance industry in Tanzania. Per ministry of health records, more than 2 million households have been reached by the Tanzanian Community Health Fund (CHF), and more than 12.5 million beneficiaries, equivalent to 25 percent of the entire population in Tanzania.

READ: Tanzania focus on maternal health bears fruits as mortality drops

Patently, the grant …

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) envisions to create a region with an industrial complex driven economy, but also a excel in utilizing the telecommunication potential for a unique African development success story.

The SADC region which hosts more than 345 million people, took its 2019 high-end summit and meetings to Tanzania—one of the populous, fast-growing economy and trader, member state in the region.

Member states conversed on industrializing Africa on inclusive fast-growing sustainable grounds while, including intra-regional trade, but also ICT, information, transport, and meteorology.

In this context, the ICT, information, transport and meteorology member states meeting brought forth , rather essential aspects, that might stimulate the region’s economic strategies.

The meeting was hosted by the government of the United Republic of Tanzania and was attended by ministers (or their representatives) from Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.…

Vodacom Tanzania Plc – the leading and fastest mobile data network in Tanzania, has recently paid its equity shareholders $23.7 million in dividends.

The payout, in other words, came out rather delightful, due to salient features from the telecom company’s annual reports, showing a $39.1 million annual (end of the year) net profit increase.

Vodacom Tanzania became the first telecom company in Tanzania to get listed in Tanzania’s stock-exchange (Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange -DSE) on August 15th 2017.

According to Vodacom Tanzania, which has over 14 million subscribers, 32.4 per cent of market share and 38.6 per cent of mobile money share, the respective profit was fetched from a significant increase in service revenue which reached $442.9 million, alleviated by firm growth of mobile money, mobile data and messaging services.

And yet, Vodacom Tanzania preliminary report (2019) show, an increase of 1.2 million customers (9.6 per cent increase), …

The battle for Kenya’s telecommunication industry market share has intensified with the planned merger of Telkom Kenya and Airtel Kenya, the subsidiary of Indian telecom giant Bharti Airtel.

On February 8, 2019, the two telcos announced the signing of a binding agreement to combine their respective Mobile, Enterprise and Carrier Services businesses in Kenya into Airtel, which will see them trade as Airtel-Telkom.

The merger has however faced opposition from former employees of Airtel. It has also faced headwinds in getting approval from regulators with both Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) and the Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) remaining adamant in giving a green light.

The regulators have pegged their decision on ongoing investigations in past dealings at Telkom by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Agency (EACC).

The anti-corruption body is investigating how the National Treasury surrendered part of Telkom Kenya ownership to French multinational—Orange, which later offloaded its stake to …

When Mr. Innocent Rwetabura strode into the interview room, he didn’t have the temperament that would be associated with someone of his stature – holding a top tier position at one of the leading Telecom companies in the country.

To the contrary, Rwetabura was unassumingly gentle. He patiently sat there, readying himself to be bombarded with questions.

Perhaps his extensive experience in the financial and telecom sector at some of the biggest companies in and outside of Tanzania elevated not only his skills as a finance expert, but his overall demeanor.

Rwetabura’s history speaks for itself. He moved to Tigo with vast experience having held various top positions at other companies, some trading in the Telco industry.

According to him, accounting has always been in his blood. Yes, dealing with numbers comes with the package, but his motivation has not always been remuneration and perks that come with the profession, …

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has appointed Mercy Wanjau as the acting Director-General to replace Francis Wangusi whose tenure has ended, despite the former refusing to vacate office noting that the process to appoint a replacement.

The CA Board of Directors Chairman Ngene Gituku, however, said the appointment has been made to ensure that CA continues to discharge its mandate seamlessly.

Mercy Wanjau is a commercial lawyer, a regulatory and governance professional currently working with the Communications Authority of Kenya as the Director of Legal Services and Board Secretary. She has been involved in designing and harmonizing policy and regulation in the ICT sector at the local, regional and international level for over 15 years.

“Given the strategic responsibilities vested on the Authority, we are committed to ensure there is no leadership vacuum and that we deliver on our vision of ‘A digitally transformed Nation,” Mr Gituku said.

Mr …

The Phantom 9 is the newest edition in the TECNO Phantom series following release of the Phantom 8 in 2017. In collaboration with TIGO, this package of advanced smartphone technology comes with 98 GBs for its customers.

According to TECNO, Communication Manager, Eric Mkomoye the Phantom 9 is the leader in smartphone camera technologies and will undeniably beat competition “In this new digital age, the traditional camera is getting a lot of competition from the smartphone camera technologies and the Phantom 9 has all the features that meet the needs of our customers who love capturing events with their phone cameras,” he said.

He went on to point out that the Phantom 9 camera redefines smartphone camera tech, with its three-pack camera package. The Phantom 9 sports the first of a kind set of cameras that have Artificial Intelligence sensors dubbed the AI triple (16MP+8MP+2MP).
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Vodacom, has unveiled a first in the market mobile money service that allows M-PESA customers to complete their M-PESA transactions when they have insufficient funds in their M-PESA accounts.

This innovative solution dubbed Songesha was launched in partnership with TPB bank at an event at the company’s headquarter.

In January this year, Safaricom launched a feature on M-Pesa dubbed Fuliza that allows users access an overdraft facility and it has since garnered millions of users in Kenya.

With the introduction of the overdraft service, M-Pesa customers can now use M-Pesa with ease and confidence because they have instant access to credit to enables them to make money transfers, remit bills, purchase from merchants or when they have insufficient funds in their accounts.

According to a statement from Vodacom, the Director of M-Commerce, Epimack Mbeteni said, “Our desire to spur innovative mobile finance led us to keenly take note of our …