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Bolt Food launches scheduled delivery service in Nairobi

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Bolt Food Kenya has announced the launch of a new scheduled delivery service that allows customers to pre-order meals even when restaurants are fully booked, closed, or when couriers are in high demand.

The scheduled orders feature, which will take off as a pilot scheme in the capital, Nairobi, is “designed to enhance the Bolt Food experience in several ways, including assisting restaurants in optimising their orders, boosting revenue, and efficiently managing kitchen preparation time,” according to Bolt Food Country Manager, Edgar Kitur.

What the feature means is that the “local community can enjoy their favourite restaurant meals at their convenience, regardless of when and where they want them,” he said.

“Scheduled orders will enhance the overall Bolt Food app experience for restaurants, couriers, and customers, resulting in a smoother operation.

“The feature allows restaurants to optimise order management and kitchen preparation, couriers to increase their earnings by strategically planning deliveries throughout the day, and customers to enjoy their favourite restaurant meals through Bolt Food, all at their preferred time and location.

“Furthermore, couriers will have the opportunity to maximise their earnings by coordinating deliveries throughout the day. Customers will benefit from a fixed delivery cost, which will be communicated to them at the time of scheduling their delivery.

“Bolt Food has collaborated with over 40 providers on the platform to ensure that Kenyans have access to more delivery options, particularly after midnight. The primary restaurant partners offering these services are Piri Piri Barbecue, Chowpaty, Pizza Hut and Evry.Day Mart,” he added.

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Airtel Kenya expands 5G network to 39 counties, 285 wards

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Airtel Kenya has announced an expansion of its 5G network to 39 counties and 285 wards in the country.

The expansion, according to the giant telco company, has now doubled its 5G footprint, up from 16 counties and 180 wards in July 2023.

The company also revealed that it has increased the number of its 5G sites to 690, up from 372 when the network went live, with further plans to launch an additional 1000 sites by the end of this year, which will bring the total number of 5G sites to 1690.

While addressing journalists at a breakfast media briefing, Ashish Malhotra, Managing Director, Airtel Kenya said the rollout which is the biggest ever in Airtel Kenya’s operations, will improve indoor coverage in towns and connect rural areas and will specially focus on enhancing and deepening Airtel’s network coverage in the northeastern region of the country.

“Aw Airtel Kenya, we are steadfast in our dedication to supporting digital inclusion, and we are encouraged by the market’s response to our offerings,” Malhotra said.

“We are confident that our ongoing network expansion will enable us to extend connectivity to more communities nationwide, ensuring that no one is left behind in the digital revolution.

“In marking this milestone Airtel Kenya has rolled out the unlimited home broadband 5G plans, structured across three tiers: 10 Mbps at Kes 3,500 monthly, 20 Mbps at Kes 5,000 monthly, and 30 Mbps at Kes 6,500 monthly,” he said.

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Egyptian startup Potcast Productions raises funding to upscale offerings

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Potcast Production, an Egypt-based innovative company that specializes in podcast production, has announced securing an an undisclosed pre-seed funding round to help enhance its content production capabilities, scale its marketing efforts, and accelerate the development of new podcast series.

Potcast Productions which was established by entrepreneur Islam Adel in 2020, creates 15 diverse podcast programmes tailored to various target demographics, and has racked up seven million listens and over 600,000 viewing hours within the last six months.

According Adel, the pre-seed funding round comes from Innovative Media Productions (IMP), the media company behind Egypt’s Shart Tank television show, which made its first investment in Potcast Productions back in April, as well as renowned investor Ahmed Tarek Khalil.

“The funds will be used to enhance Potcast’s content production capabilities, scale up its marketing efforts, and accelerate the development of new, high-quality podcast series that cater to a diverse and growing audience,” Adel said.

“This round of investment will also support plans to produce high quality audio experiences both digitally and offline, further solidifying Potcast’s position as a leader in audio-first content production.

“The injection of funds will be directed towards enhancing Potcast’s capacity to produce high-quality content, scaling its marketing initiatives, and creating new podcast series to meet the demands of an increasingly diverse listener base.

“The investment will also support Potcast’s ambition to deliver premium audio experiences, both online and offline, thereby reinforcing its status as a pioneer in the realm of audio-first content production.

“Securing this follow-up investment from IMP and Ahmed Tarek Khalil is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team.

“Their support validates our mission to transform podcasting in the region and propels us forward as we continue to innovate and expand our reach,” Adel said.

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