Uber Steps up Competition with Lower UberX Fares

uberX in Nairobi just became even more affordable!

Uber have announced new rates for UberX in Nairobi that are expected to help customers save 35% on their fares.

The announcement is seen as a move to counter competition following the launch of LittleCab by Safaricom and Craft Silicon.

THE NEW uberX RATES

Old uberX New uberX
Base KES 100 KES 100
Per Minute KES 4 KES 3
Per KM KES 60 KES 35
Cancellation KES 200 KES 200
Minimum KES 300 KES 200

HOW DO THESE FARES COMPARE?

Old uberX New uberX
KICC to Nyayo Stadium KES 300 KES 200
Times Tower to UN (Gigiri) KES 800 KES 500
State House to JKIA KES 1300 KES 850

Liquid Telecom Kenya launches Hai for Home and Business Internet

Liquid Telecom, the pan-African fibre operator, has announced the launch of Hai, its new home and business internet brand for Africa.

Hai will offer Internet access to households and SMEs, with options for WiMax and Fibre connections depending on location.

Hai, which means “I am alive” in Swahili, will serve homes and SMEs with its packages carrying a variety of value-added services, including video-on-demand ipidi tv.

The products web portal (Hai.co.ke) provides options for home and business users who can are guided through a 6 step process that begins with confirming location and end with payment confirmation.

Some of the packages on offer include but are not limited to Hai-Waya 10 (Fibre) that offers up to 10 mbps download and upload speeds for KES 3,499 (Inc. VAT) and Hai-Max (WiMax) that offers up to 2 mbps download and upload speeds for KES 2,499 (Inc. VAT).

Wimax end users are given the option to purchase the CPE by paying an amount totaling to Kshs 30,0o0 exclusive of tax to Liquid or lease by paying an amount totaling to Kshs1, 500 per month.

By combining both WiMax and Fibre internet connections, Liquid Telecom has ensured that every location in Nairobi and its surrounding areas is covered.

Liquid Telecom Kenya launches Hai for Home and Business Internet

Liquid Telecom Kenya launches Hai for Home and Business Internet

 

 

Kiambu County launches free Wi-Fi for residents

Kiambu County launches free Wi-Fi for residents

Residents of Kiambu County in Kenya will in coming weeks enjoy free, fast and reliable public Wi-Fi connections, following a partnership with Africa’s leading data, voice and IP provider, Liquid Telecom Kenya. The delivery of free street Wi-Fi zones in Kiambu will enable rapid access to information vital for economic and educational development in the county.

The high capacity Wi-Fi networks in Kiambu County cover a 5km radius from the Central Business Districts (CBDs) of each of the county’s four largest towns, with a capacity of 10 Megabytes per second(Mbps). The county government has decided on the first four hotspots, in each of the towns, to be at the bus stage, main hospital, main market and the county government headquarters.

Kiambu County Governor William Kabogo explained that the Wi-Fi hotspots will help county residents get access to the information required for services such as applications for business permitsamong other services.

“The Wi-Fi initiative is driven by the county’s mission to better use technology to improve service delivery for all Kiambu County residents,” said the governor.

Kiambu County ICT Director Douglas Njiraini said the Kiambu Wi-Fi connection will be rolled out in phases, with the first phase being installations in Thika, Kikuyu, Ruiru and Kiambu towns.

“It is not just people in hospitals that will have access to the internet, but businesses and offices around the point of connections will also benefit.  These locations were chosen because they have the highest number of human traffic, highest concentration of businesses and offices, and thus they are expected to have the most impact,” he said.

The first of the new Wi-Fi installations will be at Thika bus stop and the level 5 hospital; at the Ruiru sub-county hospital and bus stop; in Kiambu town, near Kiambu hospital; and in Kikuyu; at the sub county offices, main stage, market and at Alliance bus stop to serve the main Kikuyu Mission Hospital, two universities, one college and 15 schools.

The rest of the county’s remaining sub-counties, Limuru, Kabete Lari, Gatundu South, Gatundu North, Githunguri, Kiambaa, and Juja, will be connected in the second phase.

Njiraini explained that the Wi-Fi hotspots will help county residents get access to the information required for services such as applications for business permits, with the Wi-Fi initiative driven by the county’s mission to better use technology to improve service delivery.

“The aim of this project is to promote the use of ICT among the people of Kiambu, encourage innovation, and bring services closer to the people, by improving service delivery through the Digitika Portal,” he said.

The Digitika Portal enables residents to log in and request services from the county as well as make online payments using MPESA, Airtel Money, Visa or MasterCard.

The Head of Government Affairs at Liquid Telecom Kenya, William Oungo, said affordable internet access should be seen as a basic need , necessary  for the public to access information, adding that unemployed youths are locked out of accessing the internet because of lack of disposable income to purchase data bundles.

The free hotspots now being set up in Kiambu are using the same technology as has been deployed in Nakuru for the Bilawaya project, initiated by the President’s Office and implemented in partnership with Nakuru county and Liquid Telecom Kenya.

The Bilawaya project won the ‘Best Wi-Fi Deployment to Connect the Unconnected in Rural Environment’ award during the World Wi-Fi Day Awards held in Liverpool, in England, last month.

With high capacity free Wi-Fi in the county, there is expected to be an increased uptake of e-learning by colleges and universities within Kiambu. Youths will, in addition, be able to seek employment, venture into economic activities such as e-commerce, as well as access many services offered by both national and county governments that can provide them with incomes. Residents will also be empowered to participate in the formulation of policies.

Research shows there is a direct correlation between internet access and economic growth, with World Bank statistics showing that a 10 per cent increase in Internet access results in approximately 1 per cent of extra growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per year.

Internet access has been widely tipped to be the key differentiator in Kenya’s economic performance, creating at least 1,000 jobs a month in the business process outsourcing sector since 2013, according to the ICT Authority of Kenya.

“Free Wi-Fi is a facility that is gaining traction globally. And it is time for Kenya to be on the same level of technological advancement as other countries in the world. It is for this reason that we at Liquid Telecom Kenya are committed to ensuring every Kenyan has access to the Internet as we aim to provide free Wi-Fi across all towns in the country,” said Oungo.

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How to install the Little Cab Android App for Drivers

How to install the Little Cab Android App for Drivers

Safaricom in partnership with Craft Silicon, has  launched Little Cab, a Kenyan taxi hailing solution to provide convenient and affordable cab services to customers. To install the application on your Android phone, please use the following instructions:

1. Find the Play Store icon on your phone’s home screen or the Apps page . Tap it.

2. Tap the magnifying glass on the top-right, type in the name Little Cab Driver (Letter case doesn’t matter), and tap the magnifying glass on the keyboard to execute the search. Some suggestions will pop up below the search box as you type, which you can tap to reach directly. The search term can also be more general to find any apps that focus on a topic or keyword.

3. Results will be presented which should include an app called Little Cab Driver. Verify if it is the right app by checking if the name Craft Silicon appears next to it. That should tell you that the application has been published by Craft Silicon who are Safaricom’s Partner.

4. The three dots on the right side of each entry will provide options to install right away or add the app to a wishlist for future reference. You can choose to use either option by tapping.

5. Or to install, tap the box of information itself which will take you to a page with more details for that app, including screenshots, video, a description, and reviews from users like you.

6. Tap the Install button at the top to start downloading. You will be prompted to provide certain device permissions for the installation to continue.

7. Ongoing downloads and installations will show as icons in the notification bar at the top of the screen. Swipe down from the top for a detailed look.

8. Once the download and installation are complete, you can tap the Open button in the Play Store listing, or tap the icon from the notification tray to open your app. Otherwise, the app will be accessible by tapping the Apps icon in the bottom of your home screen, assuming an icon hasn’t already been put on your home screen.

9. Open the app, and continue to use it.

Alternatively, you can install the app to your phone from your computer using the following link https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.craftsilicon.littlecabdriver.

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How to install the Little Cab Android App for Riders

How to install the Little Cab Android App

Safaricom in partnership with Craft Silicon, has  launched Little Cab, a Kenyan taxi hailing solution to provide convenient and affordable cab services to customers. To install the application on your Android phone, please use the following instructions:

1. Find the Play Store icon on your phone’s home screen or the Apps page . Tap it.

2. Tap the magnifying glass on the top-right, type in the name Little Cab (Letter case doesn’t matter), and tap the magnifying glass on the keyboard to execute the search. Some suggestions will pop up below the search box as you type, which you can tap to reach directly. The search term can also be more general to find any apps that focus on a topic or keyword.

3. Results will be presented which should include an app called Little Cab. Verify if it is the right app by checking if the name Craft Silicon appears next to it. That should tell you that the application has been published by Craft Silicon who are Safaricom’s Partner.

4. The three dots on the right side of each entry will provide options to install right away or add the app to a wishlist for future reference. You can choose to use either option by tapping.

5. Or to install, tap the box of information itself which will take you to a page with more details for that app, including screenshots, video, a description, and reviews from users like you.

6. Tap the Install button at the top to start downloading. You will be prompted to provide certain device permissions for the installation to continue.

7. Ongoing downloads and installations will show as icons in the notification bar at the top of the screen. Swipe down from the top for a detailed look.

8. Once the download and installation are complete, you can tap the Open button in the Play Store listing, or tap the icon from the notification tray to open your app. Otherwise, the app will be accessible by tapping the Apps icon in the bottom of your home screen, assuming an icon hasn’t already been put on your home screen.

9. Open the app, and continue to use it.

Alternatively, you can install the app to your phone from your computer using the following link https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.craftsilicon.littlecabrider.

Craft Silicon and Safaricom Launch Little Cab App

Craft Silicon and Safaricom Launch Little Cab

Safaricom in partnership with Craft Silicon, has  launched Little Cab, a Kenyan taxi hailing solution to provide convenient and affordable cab services to customers.

The launch comes after Easy Taxi exited the market following a decision by Goldman Sachs to drop it in favor of Uber where they have invested US$ 1.9 Billion since the start of 2015.

Little Cabs will now join a long list of taxi services that are currently jostling for market share. Uber is the leading on-demand taxi service in Kenya. Other players in the market include Pewin Cabs, Dandia and Mara Moja. Mondo ride and Sendy have also joined the market recently.

According to Safaricom, the App is a homegrown, reliable and cost-effective Kenyan innovation that provides unrivaled experiences to customers by giving them more value for their money as they seek transport solutions.

“Our partnership with Craft Silicon is a demonstration of benefits of businesses coming together to address challenges facing our customers. We believe that Little Cab will provide better passenger experiences by connecting them with more reliable, cost effective options,” – Safaricom, CEO Bob Collymore

Little Cab will charge passengers Sh55 per kilometre and Sh4 per minute – with no flat base charge or price surges during peak hours or heavy traffic jams.

Safaricom also intends to enable clients to pay the fare using their subscriber loyalty reward, Bonga Points.

The available payment options for cab fare will include Safaricom’s own Mpesa, Visa and MasterCard branded bank cards.

Little Cab will also provide an incentive to woo women passengers by offering a female drivers only service.

How does Little Cab match up to its competitors?

 

  Charge per kilometre Charge per minute Mimimum Fare Terms
Little Cab Sh 55 Sh 4 Sh 270 No flat base charge or price surges during peak hours or heavy traffic jams.
Uber Sh 60 Sh 4 Sh 300 Base fare of Sh100

 

Mondo Ride Sh 58 Sh 4 Sh 200 Base fare of Sh100

 

 

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How to Deposit Money to Standard Chartered Kenya via Mpesa

How to Deposit Money to Standard Chartered Kenya via Mpesa

Standard Chartered Bank of Kenya’s Lipa na M-Pesa paybill number is 329329. 

The Procedure for depositing money via M-Pesa to your Standard Chartered Bank account is as follows

  1. Go to M-Pesa menu on your phone, select “Lipa na M-Pesa
  2. Select “Paybill
  3. Select “Enter business no.” and enter the 329329 as the Standard Chartered business no and press “OK”
  4. Enter the Standard Chartered account number you are transferring money to and press “OK”
  5. Enter amount i.e. amount you want to deposit and press “OK”
  6. Enter your M-PESA PIN and press “OK”
  7. Confirm all the details are correct and press “OK”
  8. You will receive a verification window from M-Pesa where you have 1 minute to verify that the details are correct, if correct, dismiss or ignore, if wrong, enter the number 1 and press OK to cancel the transaction
  9. You will receive a confirmation SMS from M-Pesa immediately.
  10. Standard Chartered will then send you a confirmation SMS shortly.

Vivek launches Kenyan manufactured Home Cleaning Products

Vivek Investments Ltd today announced the launch of a new, Kenyan manufactured range of premium home cleaning products, under the Ezee brand, in a challenge to the market dominance of international brands in the Kenyan market.

According to a 2016 Euromonitor International report, international brands continue to lead Kenya’s home care products market, with most of the products imported, despite the country’s heavy trade imbalance, which has put pressure on the country’s currency, inflation, interest rates, and unemployment.

“Importing goods is a simple case of exporting jobs, making the rise of manufacturing in Kenya central to our future as a middle income nation, and to tackling our now severe unemployment,” said Mr Chintan Thacker, Vivek Group Managing Director.

Vivek, which has been named by KPMG as one of Kenya’s Top 100 small and mid sized companies in both of the last two years based on its pace of manufacturing growth, has already built a strong base in contract manufacturing, and in areas such as pharmaceutical products. But the launch of its own Ezee brand marks a new bid by the company to assert the position of homegrown Kenyan brands in local growth markets.

The Ezee brand spans a full range of cleaning products of a higher quality than most of the existing competitor products, and spanning dishwashing liquid and paste, toilet cleaner, scouring powder, bleach and all purpose washing liquid. The range has been launched at a lower price than its competitors, but is offering more concentrated products, meaning they will clean more and last longer.

The range is also dominated by liquid cleaning products, which are rapidly gaining ground in the local market. “Liquid detergents are more versatile and multipurpose, in that they can be used for all sorts of tasks, across washing dishes, clothes, floors, windows, cars, and almost all other uses,” said Mr Thacker.

Ten supermarket chains have already signed up to stock the new, locally manufactured Ezee products.

The lower price point is expected to be a welcome relief to consumers, with the 2014 Kenya National Bureau of Statistics showing rising producer prices for chemical products as a result of increased prices for soap and detergents, cleaning and polishing preparations.

“We’ll be targeting distributors, wholesalers and retailers for the Ezee brand, as well as supermarkets,” said Mr Chintan. The manufacturer will also be offering consumers complimentary gifts with some of the Ezee products, which have all been pretested and proven to be the best for the market.

All of the product range is being manufactured in Nairobi from the Vivek’s award winning manufacturing operation on Mombasa Road. “Our manufacturing plant employs world class quality control systems that won us the Company of The Year Award in 2015 for productivity and quality by the Kenya Institute of Management,” said MrChintan. As part of these quality control processes, Vivek retains one of every batch of product it manufactures, which is kept until after it’s expiry date, so that the manufacturer can continue to be sure of its continuing quality.

“Launching Ezee is the realization of years of preparation and development within Vivek, creating new local jobs, and fulfilling the next step in our vision of expanding and promoting manufacturing in Kenya as our nation’s next level of development,” said MrChintan.

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How to Deposit Money to Barclays Bank Kenya via Mpesa

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Barclays Bank of Kenya’s Lipa na M-Pesa paybill number is 303030. 

The Procedure for depositing money via M-Pesa to your Barclays Bank account is as follows

  1. Go to M-Pesa menu on your phone, select “Lipa na M-Pesa
  2. Select “Paybill
  3. Select “Enter business no.” and enter the 303030 as the Barclays Bank of Kenya (BBK) business no and press “OK”
  4. Enter the Barclays Bank account number you are transferring money to and press “OK”
  5. Enter amount i.e. amount you want to deposit and press “OK”
  6. Enter your M-PESA PIN and press “OK”
  7. Confirm all the details are correct and press “OK”
  8. You will receive a verification window from M-Pesa where you have 1 minute to verify that the details are correct, if correct, dismiss or ignore, if wrong, enter the number 1 and press OK to cancel the transaction
  9. You will receive a confirmation SMS from M-Pesa immediately.
  10. Barclays Bank will then send you a confirmation SMS shortly.
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What is mySafaricom App

What is mySafaricom App

MySafaricom App is a Safaricom Limited application that offers its customers a convenient self service channel to manage their account and interact Customer care.

The application that is available on Android and iOS allows mobile subscribers to access the following services -:

  • Show Account Balances; Airtime, Data, SMS
  • Topup: Recharge with a Voucher
  • Bonga Services; Enrolment, Balance, Transfer, Redemption, History
  • Data & SMS Plans – View and Purchase bundles
  • Store Locator – Near Me
  • Charged SMS Services – VIew and Manage
  • Skiza Services – View and manage tones
  • My Profile; IMEI, PUK
  • Okoa services
  • Roaming Services
  • Knowledgebase
  • Request for M-PESA Statement
  • Feedback and Rating Service
  • Contact us: Twitter, Facebook, Live chat

Android Users https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.selfcare.safaricom or search MySafaricom on the Play Store app on your Android phone.

mySafaricom on the iOS App Store https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mysafaricom/id1089092650?mt=8 search MySafaricom on the APP Store app on your iPhone.