Wrap-Up: Our pick of main stories, Friday May 8th, 2015

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StarTimes invests in African content with introduction of 5 new channels… Airtel Kenya’s network upgrade to be complete by end of May…. Samsung opens ultra-modern brand store in Nairobi…..and much more.

StarTimes invests in African content with introduction of 5 new channels

StarTimes Media has announced the introduction of five new entertainment channels on its platform with a key focus on African content. The five include iROKO Play, iROKO Plus, African Movie Channel Series (AMC), StarTimes Zone and a sports channel Sports Focus all of which will feature exclusive African movies, drama, comedy, series as well as sporting action as the company seeks to have a pool of relevant and entertaining content for the Kenyan audience.

Airtel Kenya’s network upgrade to be complete by end of May

The ongoing Airtel Kenya network upgrade in Nairobi is set to be completed in May 2015. Airtel had earlier announced a Kshs 2.5 billion investment to upgrade its network in Kenya in order to meet the demands for increased data and internet services. This upgrade will see Airtel customers in this region enjoy stronger signals and faster data speeds better internet experience on the Airtel Network.

Samsung opens ultra-modern brand store in Nairobi

Samsung Electronics has today opened the largest ultra-modern Samsung Experience Store in East Africa, sitting on a 5000 square meters area in the heart of the CBD, on Monrovia Street, Nairobi. According to Robert Ngeru, Samsung’s Vice President and COO, East Africa, the additional Experience Store is part of the company’s investment to expand its retail network and give customers an opportunity to experience the products and services: “This state-of-the-art store will give customers the opportunity to not only inquire about our devices but also experience them real-time, and with trained experience customer care representatives, the consumer will be able to make informed choices about their device of choice,” he said.

“The African Opportunity: Angel Investing in Africa” – Investor Summit at DEMO Africa 2015

On Wednesday September 23, the African Business Angel Network, Lagos Angels Network, DEMO Africa and VC4Africa, jointly present “The African Opportunity: Angel Investing in Africa” Investor Summit at DEMO Africa 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria. This was announced at the 2015 Annual Conference of The European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds and Early Stage Market Players (EBAN).

Philips extends partnership with UNICEF in regards to their Global Innovation Center

The Philips Foundation has extended its partnership with UNICEF as one of the 5 founding partners and steering committee member of the UNICEF Global Innovation Center (GIC). The GIC based in Nairobi, Kenya is designed to build scale and accelerate innovations that will improve children’s lives around the world. The Philips Foundation will also provide UNICEF’s innovation team with consultation and access to Philips innovation processes and solutions as well as the company’s internal network of researchers and designers to solve challenges.

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