It has been a great year for many Kenyans, it has been a wonderful year for tech in Kenya. I start off the review of 2011 by looking at the critical issues and articles that dominated the year 2011 The top 10 issues and most read articles in 2011 on Kachwanya.com are:
People talk about phones all the time in Kenya but the most read and searched article on Kachwanya.com in the whole of the year 2011 was about laptops. The Wezesha initiative by the Government to help college students acquire laptops was the most searched for and talked about according to Kachwanya.com 2011 stats. Even after informing the students that the Government had closed the initiative the article was still very popular.
Classic example on how data became popular in Kenya after Airtel came in and killed voice. In terms of the future for mobile network operators, data is everything. And I suspect it is going to bigger in 2012, even more than 2011.
3. Kenyan Women in technology
I guess if I had written this article at the beginning of the year, it would have taken number one slot on this list. It is third and not far from the first two despite the fact that the article was written on 2nd of December 2011. If you missed it ,get the best of Kenyan tech women 2011
4. Safaricom Unlimited Data
This is the second article about data making it in the top four. The stats of data , combined with that of modem, made the internet data as the overall most popular information most searched for in 2011. Again I have a message for All ISPs and Safaricom, Airtel, Orange , Yu…it is all about data
5. KRA online services
The move by Government to have the tax related services to be done online, was one of the greatest moment for the growth of online transactions in Kenya. Many people even those who had no interest and had no idea about online transactions were forced to be online. Either to apply for the Pin, fill in VAT return and in so doing they too had to ensure they have email addresses. Unfortunately, the KRA website is one of the worst i know around . And so the article is about the negative of KRA online services
6. Calling Rates
Although the future is data, the death of voice at the moment is exaggerated, people still make numerous calls. They mind about the calling rates. Safaricom did increase their rates and that made this article quite popular.
7. Pay TV- DStv vs Zuku
This is also another article which could have easily taken the top spot had I had written it early on in the course of the year. Actually it is more recent than even that of women in technology. Done on 14th of December 2011. A lot of reactions from the Kenyan public both on social media and outside including my interview with the MultiChoice General Manager Stephen Isaboke. Get the interview here. I would like to see how the two companies proceed comes next year.
8. Kalahari closed shop in Kenya.
Well, Kenya is a tough market, and if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere else. Those are paraphrased wise words from one great Erik Hersman of Ushahidi and iHub fame. In one way or another this was a blow to online business in Kenya, which many of us had hoped was taking off.
9. Kenyan Business and Twitter
Some of the Kenyan businesses on twitter are a big waste of time for followers on twitter. They have never learned that Social Media is about engagement. I had pointed them out, although there are many more others which were not on that list. By the way, I am ready to help businesses establish their social media presence next year, for a fee of course. Get in touch
10. Nokia Woes in Kenya
Nokia remain a giant in Kenya, but things have not been going well for them this year. The office was down graded and I am not sure if that was a good thing or not. Then there was high profile staff clear out starting with one great Dorothy Ooko ending with Keneth Oyolla at the end of this month. At this point, the only thing I can say is let us all wait and see what next.