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Airtel’s network currently reaches 89% of Kenya’s population. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

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Airtel Kenya has announced the introduction of new Unlimited Home Broadband 5G Data Plans, which promise uninterrupted data service and dependable performance on their 5G network 

These plans are designed to cater to the varied requirements of both residential and commercial users, offering a smooth and transformative digital connectivity experience.

Airtel Kenya’s 5G plans?

Since the launch of its 5G network in the middle of the previous year, Airtel began with 372 sites across 16 counties and 180 wards. The company has now nearly doubled its 5G presence, with over 690 sites spanning 39 counties and 285 wards. To celebrate this expansion and the significant adoption of 5G services, Airtel has introduced these unlimited broadband plans specifically for home users who desire the superior 5G experience.

“We are pleased to introduce Airtel Kenya’s Unlimited Plans,” announced Ashish Malhotra, managing director of Airtel Kenya. “They signify our commitment to providing unmatched connectivity solutions and embody our vision for individuals and businesses empowered by seamless connectivity.”

Airtel’s network currently reaches 89% of Kenya’s population, and the company is dedicated to further expanding its infrastructure to cover 94% by the end of 2024, aiming to bring reliable connectivity to more people.

“At Airtel, we are steadfast in our dedication to supporting digital inclusion, and we are encouraged by the market’s response to our offerings. We are confident that our ongoing network expansion will enable us to extend connectivity to more communities nationwide, ensuring that no one is left behind in the digital revolution,” added Malhotra.

The Unlimited plans come in three different speeds: 10 Mbps for Kes 3,500 per month, 20 Mbps for Kes 5,000 per month, and 30 Mbps for Kes 6,500 per month. These plans require an Airtel 5G router, which is available at all Airtel stores for Kes 2,999.

An added feature of the Unlimited 5G Plans is a unique power backup included with the Airtel 5G router, which guarantees continuous service for up to 5 hours during power cuts, a first in the market.

Customers can acquire the 5G routers at any Airtel location nationwide.

Airtel is undertaking a significant network expansion initiative, planning to deploy close to 1000 new sites by year’s end. This expansion, the largest in Airtel Kenya’s history, aims to enhance indoor coverage in urban areas and extend services to rural regions, with a particular focus on improving network reach in the northeastern part of the country.

Standard Bank’s MVNO service has attracted over 300,000 mobile customers, offering significant value with bank fees converted into Airtime based on customer engagement with bank products and services. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

Mobile

Standard Bank has unveiled a collaboration with MTN to launch a new Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), enhancing coverage for its customers in South Africa

Under the bank’s telecommunications strategy, the service previously known as Standard Bank Mobile will be rebranded to Standard Bank Connect, featuring fresh data and voice packages. “We are excited to collaborate with MTN and the opportunity to provide our customers with a range of newly differentiated mobile plans. The transition will be gradual, where we invite our customers to join us on our pilot program, helping us to build meaningful services together and experiencing Standard Bank on MTN’s wide network,” stated Kartik Mistry, executive head of Standard Bank MVNO.

Enhanced connectivity solutions

Since its inception in 2018, Standard Bank’s MVNO service has attracted over 300,000 mobile customers, offering significant value with bank fees converted into Airtime based on customer engagement with bank products and services.

“Consistently voted SA’s Best Network, MTN is delighted to partner with Standard Bank, a trusted brand in South Africa and across the African continent. Our aim is to create shared value by placing our partners at the centre of all we do whilst for fulfilling our vision that everyone deserves the benefits of a modern, connected life. To this end we are committed to providing a proven, quality digital network and affordable mobile and network solutions,” expressed Quintus de Beer, Chief wholesale officer at MTN South Africa.

Standard Bank has introduced two primary connectivity packages to further its mission of connecting communities: the Connected Circle and the Connected Gigs Plans. The Connected Circle Plans are designed for customers who need both voice and data services, with tiers such as Connected Circle Starter, Lite, Plus, and Pro. These plans offer unlimited calls to certain community numbers and come with bundled data, enhancing connectivity flexibility.

The Connected Gigs Plans are tailored for those prioritising data, presenting substantial data packages at attractive rates. These plans also allow the purchase of airtime for voice and SMS.

Adding to the customer benefits, selected Connected Circle and Connected Gigs plans include up to 50% monthly discounts on tech accessories, thanks to Standard Bank’s collaboration with Dress Your Tech.

“Standard Bank Connect represents a significant step forward in our commitment to providing our customers with end-to-end connectivity solutions that are tailored to offer more simplicity, more value and greater flexibility,” Mistry highlighted. 

Eutelsat's first LEO satellite generation earns platinum SSR rating, underscoring its commitment to sustainable space operations. (Image source: Eutelsat Group)

Satellite

Eutelsat Group has announced that its first generation of over 600 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites has earned a platinum rating in the Space Sustainability Rating (SSR), highlighting the company's strong commitment to responsible space usage 

Initially conceived at the World Economic Forum (WEF), the SSR aims to mitigate space debris creation, minimise satellite collision risks, and ensure safe and sustainable space operations.

An international consortium, including experts from the European Space Agency, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BryceTech, and the University of Texas at Austin, developed the rating methodology. The SSR is implemented by eSpace – EPFL Space Center, which aims to recognise and encourage sustainable practices in the space industry.

The SSR evaluates six modules: Mission Index (impact of spacecraft on operational risk), Collision Avoidance Capabilities, Data Sharing, Detectability, Identification and Trackability, Application of Design and Operation Standards, and the use of future External Services.

Eutelsat Group surpassed the 80% threshold to achieve the highest-level platinum rating, demonstrating the Group’s dedication to sustainable design and operation of its satellite constellation.

"With our increased presence in both LEO and geostationary orbit (GEO), we remain committed to the sustainable and responsible use of space” said Eva Berneke, CEO of Eutelsat Group. “We are honoured to receive SSR’s recognition and congratulations to the entire team for their hard work and dedication to sustainable and safe operations."

"Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow," articulates MTN's vision of fostering a world where all young individuals are equipped with the necessary tools to excel. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

Commerce

MTN Group celebrated its 30th year by expanding their volunteer programme to “30 Days of Y’ello Care

This special campaign, called “Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow,” aims to help students in less privileged areas get better education.

In 2024, marking three decades of MTN's establishment, this initiative symbolises the company's enduring pledge to utilise its resources for the collective good. Nompilo Morafo's articulation of the campaign's theme, "Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow," articulates MTN's vision of fostering a world where all young individuals are equipped with the necessary tools to excel.

“The theme – Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow, embodies our passion for creating a world where every young person has access to the tools required to reach their full potential,” said MTN Group chief sustainability & corporate affairs officer, Nompilo Morafo. “The 2024 campaign targets educational inequity, reflecting our deep-rooted commitment to empowering communities. It’s about fostering the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders who will shape their communities and the global landscape for years to come.”

Scheduled from June 1st to 30th, 2024, the "30 Days of Y’ello Care" initiative will witness the collective efforts of MTN employees as they endeavor to significantly enhance accessibility and quality of education for marginalised communities.

Africa Data Centres & DPA SA pioneer solar farm for sustainable data solutions in South Africa. (Image source: African Data Centres)

Power

Africa Data Centres, a division of the Cassava Technologies group, has announced the commencement of construction for a solar farm in the Free State in partnership with DPA Southern Africa 

remarked Anna Collard, senior vice-president content strategy & evangelist Africa at KnowBe4. (Image source: KnowBe4)

Security

KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, has released its 2024 Phishing by Industry Benchmarking Report 

The report measures an organisation’s Phish-prone Percentage (PPP), indicating how many employees are susceptible to phishing or social engineering attacks

This year’s report reveals that untrained employees in Africa have a higher PPP at 36.7% compared to the global average of 34.3%. This suggests that employees in African countries are more likely to fall for phishing attempts. The increase from the previous year’s figures highlights the significant linguistic, cultural, and economic diversity across the continent and the substantial cybersecurity challenges faced by African countries.

KnowBe4’s analysis covered 54 million simulated phishing tests involving nearly 12 million users across 55,675 organisations in 19 different industries. The study established a baseline PPP, indicating the click rates on phishing tests by employees who had not received KnowBe4 security awareness training.

While PPP rates varied significantly across different sectors and countries within Africa, the report demonstrates the effectiveness of combining simulated phishing tests with security awareness training. African organisations that consistently implemented training and testing saw a marked reduction in their average PPP to 22% within the first 90 days, and further down to 5.9% after one year of continuous efforts.

These improvements are slightly higher than the global average, which saw a reduction to 18.9% after 90 days and 4.6% after one year of consistent training and testing. This indicates that, at least theoretically, employees in African countries are more prone to cyber threats, underscoring the importance of focusing on mitigating human risks to bolster cybersecurity.

Transforming cybersecurity culture

Despite the challenges faced by African countries and their organisations, the significant decrease in PPP over three and twelve months shows notable progress. This improvement demonstrates that changing cybersecurity culture involves breaking old habits and adopting more secure practices. As employees internalise these new behaviors, they become ingrained, evolving into standard practices that shape organisational culture and create a workforce that naturally prioritises security.

"Cybersecurity challenges in Africa require a combination of regulation, guidelines and security awareness training. Particular focus is needed on threats like deepfakes used for political manipulation, especially ahead of major elections in various African countries," remarked Anna Collard, senior vice-president content strategy & evangelist Africa at KnowBe4. "More public-private partnerships are essential to build capacity, address the skills shortage, and improve resilience in the digital world. Investing in Africa’s youth and providing cybersecurity training opportunities can fill the skills gap and also address youth unemployment."

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