Daily Nation, Pg: 34 Online TV and Video call a reality as Safaricom launches 4G network

Giant mobile telecommunications company Safaricom has launched the 4G technology in Nairobi and Mombasa opening new doors of opportunities for customers,

who will soon be able to watch TV, make video calls and download content more easily. The development is in line with the company’s growth strategy, which is anchored on non-voice services such as data and mobile money.

The new network will offers speeds of up to 100MBps thus allowing users to watch videos uninterrupted. 

Daily Nation, DN2, Pg: 2 - 3 Say cheese! Kibera children paint different picture if the slum through photos

A series of photos that showcase Kibera slum in a completely different perspective has emerged after an art foundation gave cameras to nine children in the slum to capture moments of their lives from their innocent unexposed perspectives.

The initiative called “My First Camera” under the wings of Nairobi’s ArtKids Foundation. The children are taken through workshops after which they head out to the field to capture anything and everything that crosses their field of imagination.

The project was stared early this year by Natalia Jidovanu, a Portuguese psychologist and amateur photographer. One of the long term objectives of the project is to compile a photo book with captions about the photos then broadcast the same to the world. 

The Standard, Entertainment, Pg: 63 Pirates of the airwaves

Kenya was ranked high among the nations on the global watch list for unbridled infringement of music copyright legislation by the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) in its 2003 report.

Since the 1960s through to the 90s, Nairobi was reputed as the hub of East African music. This however changed when various pirate cartels tok over the business working with camps pursuing different vested interests who work in cahoots with law enforcers, this despite the introduction of the Kenya Copyright Board barcode stickers and authentication devices.

The levels of piracy had driven some recording artistes and music production labels out of business. The spiraling levels of piracy pose a huge risk of stifling the sale of original music in the East African region and beyond.

A report in 2004 established that piracy dented the Kenyan economy by a staggering Kshs5 billion with the Kenya Revenue Authority indicating the pirates owed the KRA a staggering Kshs900 million in unpaid VAT. 

The issuance of the barcode stickers by the Kenya Copyright Board has been lauded by stakeholders as a step in the right direction.