Practical Insights on Safaricom

Wow! Mobile Money Transactions Are Now Larger Than Kenya’s GDP

Wow! Mobile Money Transactions Are Now Larger Than Kenya’s GDP

Published on: May 16 2018 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
For years, we’ve heard how the value of M-PESA mobile money transactions are a rising percentage of Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product. In 2010 we reported...
Are You Guilty of Helping Safaricom Prey on Rural Women?

Are You Guilty of Helping Safaricom Prey on Rural Women?

Published on: Nov 17 2016 by Wayan Vota - 5 Comments
There are multiple development initiatives to increase women’s ownership and usage of mobile phones – everyone from GSMA to USAID to Mobile Network...
3 Ways to Build Successful Partnerships with Mobile Network Operators

3 Ways to Build Successful Partnerships with Mobile Network Operators

Published on: Jul 06 2015 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on 3 Ways to Build Successful Partnerships with Mobile Network Operators
It can seem obvious, but mobile network operators (MNOs) are businesses that, at the end of the day, are motivated by their need to generate revenue. Yet a relationship...
4 Mobile Money Powered Affordable Solar Electricity Solutions

4 Mobile Money Powered Affordable Solar Electricity Solutions

Published on: Dec 26 2012 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
Do you see that trend line in the chart above? Do you know what that means? Solar power is getting cheaper by the day, thanks to technological innovation and...
Where are the Mobile Operators in Mobiles for Development Projects?

Where are the Mobile Operators in Mobiles for Development Projects?

Published on: Nov 09 2011 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
Steve Song recently wrote a great post on 3 reasons why M4D may be bad for Development where he says that: Mobile operators have entrenched themselves with development...
Internet Connectivity Options and Status in Rural Kenya

Internet Connectivity Options and Status in Rural Kenya

Published on: Sep 26 2011 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on Internet Connectivity Options and Status in Rural Kenya
var addthis_config = {"data_track_clickback":true}; I am David Scanell and I would like to describe the Internet access landscape in Kisumu and Nyanza from my...
Video: Michael Joseph on his decade as Safaricom CEO

Video: Michael Joseph on his decade as Safaricom CEO

Published on: Jan 21 2011 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Video: Michael Joseph on his decade as Safaricom CEO
Moses Kemibaro made an amazing video of Safaricom’s departing CEO, Michael Joseph, who spoke for about 2 hours at iHub on his wildly successful and “peculiar”...
3 Reasons Why the Kenyan Mobile Tariff Price War Matters to ICT Companies

3 Reasons Why the Kenyan Mobile Tariff Price War Matters to ICT Companies

Published on: Aug 27 2010 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
Kenyan consumers are rightly excited that the mobile phone company Zain, now owned by Bharti Airtel, has kicked off a price war with just announced unprecedented...
ICT Companies Cashing in on Electronic Voting Initiatives

ICT Companies Cashing in on Electronic Voting Initiatives

Published on: Aug 26 2010 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on ICT Companies Cashing in on Electronic Voting Initiatives
Raila Odinga registering to vote in 4 minutes flat Regardless of their political affiliations, ICT firms should be pushing electronic voter registration and voting...
Safaricom’s M-Pesa to Transfer 20% of Kenya’s GDP in 2010

Safaricom’s M-Pesa to Transfer 20% of Kenya’s GDP in 2010

Published on: Jun 23 2010 by Wayan Vota - 3 Comments
This is the bombshell that Erik Hersman tweeted about Safaricom’s mPayment system, M-Pesa. Read it and then stop to think a minute about what that means for...