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Maria

With all due respect, I don’t subscribe to your point of view that
Safaricom needs to be broken. Here’s why:-

1. Cash transactions make up over 80% of all payment transactions in Kenya.
So instead of wasting time discussing breaking up Safaricom why not fight
cash instead?

2. There is solid competition in the country against Safaricom’s Mpesa.
They just need to step up. IPSL’s Pesalink <www.ipsl.co.ke/>, owned
by the Kenya Bankers’ Association can be a solid bulwark against this
hegemony.

3. There are enough tools at the disposal of the regulator to keep any
player who abuses market power in check.

You can also read further an article I wrote on this very subject back in
2019:-

Safaricom ‘dominance’ and why we are missing the point
<www.linkedin.com/pulse/safaricom-dominance-why-we-missing-point-ali-hussein-kassim/>

Regards

*Ali Hussein*

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On Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 12:34 PM maria@afrikaict <mariangunyi@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Great happenings! The customer has the muscle in the US! We were going to
> all migrate from WhatsApp STRAIGHT to their competition!
>
> Ndugu Hussein, let’s join hands and BREAK UP SAFCOM! When we liberalized
> telecom in the 90s no one expected Safcom to become such a HUGE MONOPOLY!
> Not pushing envelope too far, but see now bundles roll over since Gov.
> Kabogo took Safcom to court?
>
> In Kenya KIPENZI CHANGU/CHETU we let services precede LEGISLATION! We took
> 15 years to pass the Computers Misuse and Cybercrimes Act, 2018 as a STAND
> ALONE LAW! USAID my former employer funded my company Afrika ICT Strategies
> in 2005 to support Office of the President’s Directorate of e-Government
> under Dr. Juma Okech, in creating the Kenya e-Transactions Bill, 2005-2013!
>
> In the meantime, Uganda, Rwanda our good jiranis overtook us, as the
> preferred BPO and Call Center DESTINATIONS, by adopting our e-Government
> Strategy, e-Transactions BILL………..
>
> Good weekend
>
> On Saturday, January 16, 2021, Ali Hussein via kictanet <
> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>
>> And looks like Facebook is hitting the breaks on this thing.
>>
>> WhatsApp delays privacy changes amind user backlash
>> <www.linkedin.com/posts/alihkassim_whatsapp-delays-privacy-changes-amid-user-activity-6756054932576600064-qBfL>
>>
>>
>> Great to see a powerful company admit that they could have done a better
>> job in communication changes.
>>
>>
>> #Techlash is real.
>>
>>
>> *Ali Hussein*
>>
>> Digital Transformation
>>
>>
>> Tel: +254 713 601113
>>
>> Twitter: @AliHKassim
>>
>> Skype: abu-jomo
>>
>> LinkedIn: ke.linkedin.com/in/alihkassim
>> <ke.linkedin.com/in/alihkassim>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Any information of a personal nature expressed in this email are purely
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>> organizations that I work with.
>>
>>
>> On Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 11:56 AM Barrack Otieno via kictanet <
>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>
>>> Listers,
>>>
>>> WhatsApp privacy controversy leads company to take out full-page adverts
>>> asking users to stay
>>> for more click on this link
>>> <www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/whatsapp-privacy-adverts-india-b1787443.html?utm_content=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1610657280>
>>>
>>> On Wed, Jan 13, 2021 at 4:10 PM Renee Kamau via kictanet <
>>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Hi Josiah,
>>>>
>>>> You’re right!
>>>> Elon Musk said ‘use Signal,’ and confused investors sent the wrong
>>>> stock up 438% on Monday
>>>> <www.cnbc.com/2021/01/11/signal-advance-jumps-another-438percent-after-elon-musk-fueled-buying-frenzy.html>
>>>> “Signal Advance, which reported receiving no revenue in 2015 and 2016,
>>>> is now worth more than $3 billion.”
>>>>
>>>> Apparently this also happened with Zoom a couple of years ago. “…
>>>> people bought shares of Zoom Technologies, whose ticker symbol was ZOOM but
>>>> was not the trendy video-calling service Zoom Video Communications, which
>>>> trades under the symbol ZM. Last year the U.S. Securities and Exchange
>>>> Commission stopped trading of Zoom Technologies, partly because of
>>>> confusion over its connection with Zoom Video.”
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> On Wed, Jan 13, 2021, 12:59 Josiah Mugambi via kictanet <
>>>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Signal Advance Inc <www.signaladvance.com/> ( whose stock
>>>>> went x11) has no relation with the Signal <signal.org/>
>>>>> messaging platform.
>>>>>
>>>>> As this is a tech policy group, this may be a useful read (less so for
>>>>> a non tech person):
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> medium.com/swlh/whatsapp-doesnt-read-your-messages-it-doesn-t-need-to-7ce0ec2846f9
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> excerpt:
>>>>>
>>>>> “End to end encryption is more about security than privacy. We are
>>>>> protected against unknown actors but have no control over what known actors
>>>>> will do.”
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> On Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 1:04 AM Rawgee l.k via kictanet <
>>>>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> My take it could be more of under table business trade agreement
>>>>>> between Whatsapp and Signal.
>>>>>> After the announcement from Elon Musk [coincidentally the world’s
>>>>>> richest man] for guys to move to signal app the stock jumped to 1100%.
>>>>>> Screenshot on the trade app overview.
>>>>>> Intresting times both for data privacy and financial services.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> On Tue, Jan 12, 2021, 00:39 Mwendwa Kivuva via kictanet <
>>>>>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Those new terms from Facebook/WhatsApp are terrible. Bad for
>>>>>>> privacy.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> To illustrate how good laws and punitive fines protect citizens,
>>>>>>> Facebook has different rules for Europe. Because of GDPR, these new
>>>>>>> changes do not appear in the European version of the updated terms and
>>>>>>> conditions. Facebook later confirmed that the rules will not apply in the
>>>>>>> EU, EEA, or the UK.
>>>>>>> digit.fyi/facebook-to-access-whatsapp-user-data-except-in-europe/
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> It seems the rest of the world does not matter, even with Data
>>>>>>> Protection laws available in countries like Kenya. Perhaps it is contempt
>>>>>>> from Facebook for smaller jurisdictions (What will you do? attitude. –
>>>>>>> Mtado?). This would be a good intray for the new Kenyan Data Commissioner.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> My take is that the new rules will not hurt WhatsApp in the long run
>>>>>>> because of the phenomenon called Network Effect (the value or utility a
>>>>>>> user derives from a good or service depends on the number of users of
>>>>>>> compatible products) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_effect
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Those Church groups, Estate groups, Former school groups, investment
>>>>>>> groups, … are not moving to Signal or Telegram. A few techie groups and
>>>>>>> privacy-oriented groups may move, but my prediction is those are the
>>>>>>> exceptions.
>>>>>>> ______________________
>>>>>>> Mwendwa Kivuva, Nairobi, Kenya
>>>>>>> www.linkedin.com/in/mwendwa-kivuva
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> On Mon, 11 Jan 2021 at 22:31, David Indeje via kictanet <
>>>>>>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> Listers,
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> I think all apps have been sharing our data. It is only that
>>>>>>>> Facebook has gone public, after all it also owns Instagram. What if it buys
>>>>>>>> Signal for the Signalers?
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> On Mon, Jan 11, 2021, 8:23 PM John Kariuki via kictanet <
>>>>>>>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Listers
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> What are your thoughts on the new terms of service and privacy on
>>>>>>>>> What’s Up? Facebook plans to share What’s Up data with other Facebook
>>>>>>>>> products starting from 8th February 2021.
>>>>>>>>>
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>>>> Best regards,
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> *Renée Kamau.*
>>>> *LL.B. (UoL); PGDip (KSL); LL.M. (ONU)*
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