Safaricom it turns out won’t call the governments bluff and have launched a service offering where residential consumers get unlimited wimax coverage for 6,000/- bob a month.
I am not sure what speeds are guaranteed or whether there are any setup fees. . . .
this will at least see them dump some of that excess bandwidth they have been holding in the undersea fibre optic cables(seacom and TEAMS). . . .
this is good news by any measure and is most welcome though its sad the government had to growl for them to act. . . Safaricom seem to have an issue with bowing to public pressure and lowering prices . . may come back to bite them in the ar**. . . .
September ’10 Update: Safaricom have broadened their offering and are now offering unlimited Broadband @ 3,999 bob for a 512 kbs connection. No installation costs or equipment fees. Am not too sure but I suppose they will want to tie you to a nice contract to make sure you pay up each month.
So Esther Arungah sleeps in some married dudes house together with a bunch of other women (sounds like a harem|)
, has a fiancé who is essentially a criminal, some Timberlake dude wants her, and this makes the news because? . . . .I dont get it. . . . .she is right . . .it shouldn’t be any of our business but darling u had to go n read the news and get men(and some women) drooling and having all manner of fantasies. . . . . .that made you sneezing our business. . .I read Ester’s bio a while back n turned out she dint think our local universities were good enough thus she flew to kangarooland where she did her thing washing dishes n all and to cap it all she took a cruise around the world. . . .. and then came to be a news anchor. . . . .well I figured she was bright n being pretty figured she had a grand master plan. . . .I doubt it culminates in being high priestess in a church with a weird name or becoming the next prime minister. . . . Finger of God really? which finger is this? what does it do and exactly where does it touch when u r being rid of your sins?
But the presidential shiznit just carries the day with the desparation in it. . .as in seriously wot makes you think running for president will get you a multitude of fans? or that was the plan ? get media guys into your church n get them to influence the public come 2012. . . sounds daft to me. . .
Now we need to understand that these are show/media people n the crazier u r the more u sell. . .. in her conference I dint see anger. . .her words were well chosen well delivered. . .these are traits of a calculating woman not an angry one. . .. compare with the first lady. . . she was genuinely pissed. . . . am not going to be surprised if these two drop an album in a month or a week . . .such exposure is wonderful for any artist. . . . soon Arungah will start saying she thinks she will go on a musical journey or sam shiznit like that. . . .just you wait n see. . . . . .
But then again the conspiracy theorist in me cant help but be suspicious. . . .politicians are a slippery lot and they may have a hand in this to shift the news to something else more sensational as they pass some law in parliament or start brewing another scandal. . .
These Days business news is just as entertaining as the regular news that’s full of illiterate loud-mouthed old men who have worked hard to steal maize n oil n just bout anything not bolted to the floor talking bout development and other things that they don’t really care about like the constitution. . . .
This is because we have a few businesses that have a good solid market plan and others who worship the said businesses and go into a panic whenever a new product is released. . . .the Telecoms sector is just overflowing with such cases. . .
From the onset, Safaricom had a plan. . . a very simple plan. . . .sell ua product to just bout anyone. . . and keep it as simple as possible. . .When they first started out Kencell/celtel/zain was in the lead but the genius in the marketing department decided to stick to perminute billing while their rival(with a prettier ,more local name) went the persecond way. . .now I understand that kencell was going after the rich which is fine. . . .but no-one likes to feel like they are being kicked in the teeth. . even the rich guys. . .after that it was one bad idea after the next .. . celtel and their whole marketing team were boring and gave little incentive for people to move over. . .vuka was shortlived and they soon raised the prices again. . . .everybody knows you dont compete with an elephant to poop. . . .they were goin after a 2 million plus subscriber base and expected overnight migration ? please. . . .since then they (and alll the other networks) have been tryin to copy what safaricom has been doing to little effect. . .Orange launched the iPhone 3G without a 3G network. . . .I would really like to meet the planning guy over thea. . . Yu launched screaming they were going after the youth and I was so super happy that here finally was a company that was thinking and was gonna be super rich both money wise n content wise. . . .I immediately expected full embrace of the social networks and new innovative applications like linking my yu no. to my twitter n facebook profiles and updating via sms. . .. I expected to be able to chat via sms, expected in a few months to read about the first video calls service etc etc. . . but now there is nothing worth mentioning. . . Am sure it is the high turnover of CEO’s at all these fiims that has been thier downfall and raised the fortunes of safaricom seeing as every ceo has a vision as to where he wants the company to be and once he leaves, all his plans are thrown out the window by the new guy. . . .
Well now it seems that Am stuck with Safaricom,. . . . .at least they sound local. . . .
The world systems as they are at the moment are simply ridiculous. .. The U.S.A (self appointed global police and guardian of humanity) spends billions on arms research/ looking for microbes on mars and fighting pointless wars in oil rich countries while guys in sudan are dying from anything between malaria, a bullet or no food for a week. . . .
Now we(africans) cant be blamed seeing as up till afew hundred years ago we were pretty content with chilling in the fields looking at cattle grazing n doin simple cultivations. . . .. we were complete with traditions and past time activities like huntin n stuff. . . so when u impose democracy on such guys then facilitate the lazy snitches gettin the ‘education’ n thus winding up with fancy titles like president and prime minister n shizel like that , screwing us ova doesnt begin to explain. . . .
That was a detour . . .my beef is that we spend too much money doin totally hopeless things that add no value to anyone. . .(remember the national dress?) when I say we I mean the guys with resources not necesarilly sirikali. . now I appreciate that money makes the world go round and the rich guys call the shots and thats where we go wrong. . . coz their only need is to make money. . . its only natural. . .and thus they will sell u anything sellable. . including ua rights. . .like the right to a good meal. . . or an education. .
That was another detour. . . .This post was meant to be bout the way all these local internet bigshots keep yapping bout the need to create local content to boost internet use to reduce cost of connection to raise GDP bla bla bla. . .I dont know what content they want. . . look at facebook. .. . just about all my friends are Kenyan and between us all we have about 400 GB of photos /videos/ other media. . . All of this is local content hosted by international servers on foreign products. . . and why do guys use them?. . . .they work. . thats why. . create a product that works thats kenyan and people will use it. . . simple. . . these stories of fiber being cut n thus I cant get online dont work. . . . if the government was legit they should have laid the infrastructure years ago with telkom kenya/safaricom and am not tokin bambanet. . . .am tokin fiber in every house with a power connection. . . ..
Anyhoo. . .. . . those were my rantings for the day. . . .