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

Thanks GG for sharing, learnt a lot.

On Sat, Aug 31, 2019, 15:19 Barrack Otieno via kictanet <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> We had great leaders with Wanjikus interest at heart. May the future be
> kind to us once more.
>
> Regards
>
>
>
> On Sat, 31 Aug 2019, 11:33 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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