Kibaki’s letter gave birth to Kenya’s famed Silicon Savannah

Thank you Grace for sharing this. Quite informative

On Sat, Aug 31, 2019 at 11:35 AM Grace Githaiga via kictanet <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> …The journey to that phone call had begun at an insurance industry
> dinner two years earlier, in early 2006, at the Panari Hotel in Nairobi.
> Then, Mr Kagwe was the guest of honour.
>
> After his speech, a journalist had asked him to state the one thing he
> hoped to achieve at the ICT ministry. He told the journalist that he wanted
> Kenyans to communicate easily and cheaply with the world.
>
> *At the time it cost Sh35 per minute to make a phone call within the
> Safaricom network during peak hours and up to Sh50 per minute to other
> networks.*
>
> These high costs made Kenyans wait until off-peak hours to make cheaper
> calls, which often clogged the Safaricom network in the evening, rendering
> it impossible for anyone to get through.
>
> *This state of affairs led then Safaricom CEO Michael Joseph to accuse
> Kenyans of peculiar calling habits, *causing a PR crisis for the company.
> Internet connections, on the other hand, were a nightmare.
>
> Read more on:
> www.nation.co.ke/news/Kibaki-s-letter-that-delivered-broadband-internet/1056-5254036-otjimhz/index.html
>
>
> Best regards
>
>
> Grace Githaiga
>
>
> —
> Grace Githaiga
> Co-Convenor, Kenya ICT Action Network
>
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