Safaricom vs. Celtel
Am contemplating making my Celtel number my main line and downgrading Safaricom to secondary status, after switching to the new Celtel 24 S plan.
Celtel have, clearer calls, good products and service but their marketing has never been as good as Safaricom’s. Safaricom has often released products that are clone’s of Celtel with more fanfare and blitz, and capturing the consumer’s mind sense – such that everyone believes that Safaricom pioneered such products as sambaza (celtel had me2u first) and instant loading of airtime and checking of balances (also a celtel first). Safaricom has the right marketing mix, using colours, sheng, branding – e.g. bamba50, sambaza, as well as popular campaigns such as matatu poa. But one gripe I continue to have with Safaricom is the inability for international callers to get through to me.
Safaricom are quiet right now, but I would not be surprised if they are crunching their numbers, reverse engineering Celtel’s 24 S plan and will come up with their own plan that will offer the same service, but at a slightly cheaper rate.
Starting today, anyone with a Telkom Kenya line in Nairobi or Mombasa will be able to
check their bill online.
The Road to Diani
Tourism Minister, and aspiring Coast king-pin, Morris Dzoro has announced that a new road will be built from
Mombasa airport to Diani Beach – bypassing the Island and Likoni ferry crossing.
Turnover increased slightly from 18.4 to 19.7 billion shillings in the half year ended in December 2005. After tax profit increased from 3.08b to 3.32 billion and company will pay an interim dividend of Kshs. 1.75 per shares (‘04 was 1.5) to shareholders on 15th March. The company also earned 8.6 billion shillings in indirect tax for the government in the half-year (up from 8b).
US & Anglo Leasing
The day after Finance Minister David Mwiraria resigned, the People newspaper reported that one of the triggers of his departure was that the US Embassy in Nairobi has signalled that it would not grant him a visa to head a Kenyan delegation travelling to Washington DC to attend World Bank talks in February.
Japan’s Kyocera has announced the commercial introduction iBurst wireless broadband services to Kenya.