Windows, viruses & vulnerability. .

Viruses . . . . . . . Anyone who has ever used a computer knows there exists things called viruses and their effect on the user machines range from slowing the perfomance of the computer to causing complete mayhem to your files and data. . . . . Both cases are true but the whole idea of existence of viruses is really not sensible. . . . . What I mean is . . . . These viruses only affect Windows based systems with both mac and linux being virtualy virus free . . . The conspiracy theorist in me tends to think the flaws are let to be so that u wil have to run back to them for updates and upgrades. . . At a fee ofcourse. . . . .Ofcourse windows’ popularity could explain the constant attraction for malware makers to create programs to compromise systems. At the end of the day I still use a windows based system mostly because I dont have limitless bandwith for downloading updates and programs for linux based systems. . . . . It is much easier/cheaper/ to get the programs from colleagues. . . . Currently waiting to try out windows 7 . . . . . . Hope it will be more secure. . .

The Case For Broadband Internet In Kenya

Many internet service providers in the market today tout their products to offer ‘real’ broadband speeds regardless of the fact that they all rely on the satellite backbone for connectivity. . . And true to my suspicions . . . The bandwith is almost always shared . . .Which means u dont get what u paid for . . Its like getting piped water straight to your house compared to getting access to a watering hole. . . Just like everybody else. . . In this respect most of the isp’s mislead their consumers. . . . In my experience the fastest link ave experienced is on Safaricom 3G . . . . Where I have achieved a 2.2 mbps download speed. . . . I guess we will just have to wait for the fiber optic cables to land in mombasa. . . .

The Case For Broadband Internet In Kenya

Many internet service providers in the market today tout their products to offer ‘real’ broadband speeds regardless of the fact that they all rely on the satellite backbone for connectivity. . . And true to my suspicions . . . The bandwith is almost always shared . . .Which means u dont get what u paid for . . Its like getting piped water straight to your house compared to getting access to a watering hole. . . Just like everybody else. . . In this respect most of the isp’s mislead their consumers. . . . In my experience the fastest link ave experienced is on Safaricom 3G . . . . Where I have achieved a 2.2 mbps download speed. . . . I guess we will just have to wait for the fiber optic cables to land in mombasa. . . .

Yu Internet

Currently Yu are the only ones without an official internet product.
This is rather unfortunate seeing as their target market is the youthful populace who are currently engrossed in facebook, email and a host of other internet dependent services. . . . . . I have been successful in setting up Yu internet on my phone without any help from the customer care but if they are goin to maintain their simplicity mantra then they need to get the internet working asap. . .. .
p.s if you are using a Nokia smartphone (like me) just put in wap.yu.co.ke as the apn adress/ access point and you shuold be good to go.. .. . .

YU Network

Econet has been embroiled in lawsuits since being granted its license amidst allegations of corruptuion over the years. . . . 

When they were finally given the go ahead, Big talk from CEO Michael Foley got every one anticipating the best product this side of the Sahara.

What we got was a funny name for a network, practically zero visibility and in general a shody rollout. As I jot this down ,I cannot get get airtime in campus, for a network banking on youthfull clientelle, this is unforgivable.

I’ll admit it, the idea was good. . . . . .Get a strange name for a network(Works wonderfully for media coverage and publicity) next ask everyone to reserve their number online. . . then declare that you are after the youth and make no qualms about it. . . . 

On the face of it this was a perfect business plan but all we have now is a couple of billboards and little if any awareness by the public and a very slow moving product.

In my view the management ought to revamp its marketing and get down to the roots of youth culture. Doing drastic and even crazy things like introducing a branded matatu to ply some of Nairobi’s routes should be amongst the many things they are doing.

University campuses should be the one place they are ever present because this is a fertile market and the graduands are likely to keep their lines as they enter the corporate market and thus earning yourself a backdoor route into the corporate market.

I dont see any tangible assets/advantages that YU as a telco have other than an idea and freshness. . . . if they cant use these, then we may have another failed start up. . . . .

The Real Cost of SMS

Hello,

SMS is a wonderful product/service which is available on all GSM networks. It is a very useful tool that has gained tremendous uptake and has found a myriad of uses both commercial, entertainment wise and as an informational tool.

At the current lowest rate of  3:50/=, it would seem to be a bargain seeing as afew years ago  to send an sms one would have had to spend upwards of  5/=.

What the providers dont tell us(not that i would if I were in their shoes) is that there is practically zero cost involved on their part when it comes to sending and recieving an sms on their network.

This is because the sms does not use the commercial channel/bandwith that is used by subscribers to make/recieve calls and use for GPRS/EDGE.

Simply put the available bandwith to the subscriber for calls/data is a fraction of the actual bandwith allocated by the governing body ie CCK.

The rest of the bandwith is reserved for behind-the-scenes communication between the users mobile phone and the nearest cell tower.

This is the bandwith that sms uses. 

It thus uses network bandwith that is already dedicated to communication between the phone and the cell tower that the subscriber is currently in and thus incurs no more costs to the service provider other than a storage center for undelivered SMS’s. . . . . . .

This then shows how profitable sms is and thus the push by nearly all providers to increase the no. of  SMS’s that are sent. at3:50/= per sms, the profits are 100%. . . . . . 

I heard that CCK were going to commission a study of the real cost of calls and sms to the providers

Lets see how that goes. . . . . .

The Truth Behind Safaricom’s M-Pesa

Many laude Safaricom to be the holy grail when it comes to money transfer services as it is touted to be innovative and adressing the common mwananchi. . .. . .

All this may be truth but as Michael Joseph once put it, M-Pesa does not contribute much to the bottomline revenue. This begs the question then, What was the purpose of the M-Pesa service?

The answer to this would have to be two faced. From a business point of view, M-Pesa is an addon service that is used as a retainer of subscribers and attract new ones.

From a strategic vew point, Safaricom had been pressured by goverment authorities to develop a kind of database to be able to track the users of the lines  and provide some form of identification to the users of the said lines.

This I believe is the real reason that M-Pesa was developed. . . 

All 4 million subscribers provided their details of their names, and national ID cards and thus Safaricom is now in total control control of its prepaid subscribers who were hitherto totally anonymous.

We should also remember safaricom is essentially goverment property and is thus controlled by them and it would be impossible for it to work outside the whims of the ruling class.

Your Humble Blogger,

Mwangy