Encrypted email service now available in Kenya

February 11, 2016
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Key features will include users being able to track and ascertain whether the recipient got the mail as well as conceal sensitive emails and attachments using a code/CFM BUSINESS
Key features will include users being able to track and ascertain whether the recipient got the mail as well as conceal sensitive emails and attachments using a code/CFM BUSINESS
NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 11 – Kenyans will now be able to securely send and receive high valued and large documents via emails, using the new Posta Registered Email.

Launched by the Postal Corporation of Kenya (PCK), Key features will include users being able to track and ascertain whether the recipient got the mail as well as conceal sensitive emails and attachments using a code.

Users will be able sign the documents using a computer mouse and also be able to send large attachments of up to 1GB.

Speaking during the launch, CEO Dr Enock Kinara said the product can be used by both companies and individuals using any email like Gmail, Yahoo and Outlook among others.

Each email will cost Sh10 with the minimum subscription of Sh250 while for companies it will depend on how many users will be involved. Payments for subscription will be made using both M-PESA and Airtel Money services.

“At the moment we have about 300 users who have started using this digital product through the pilot project and they are all excited. You saw one of the lawyers who spoke about being able to send summons using registered email,” Kinara explained.

To subscribe, individual are required to go to the PCK website and sign up. After this, a ‘registered email’ task bar will automatically get attached on their email page.

Kenya is the first to have registered email in Africa, with leading countries heavily using the solution being China and the US, which worked closely with Kenya to develop this.

The new system comes at a time when the corporation is fighting off increased competition on its different range of services that especially courier services.

However, Kinara said the new service is expected to be a major hit among corporate users seeking an emphasis on security in as far as their communication and documentation is concerned.

“From the 300 users we have now, we are targeting some 1.2million users in the next six months,” he noted, “We are targeting institutions such as the judiciary where we expect lawyers to utilize they technology to file cases and service their clients with documents.”

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