It felt like war, leading ‘operation bring M-Pesa home’

33-year-old Emma Nyambura led the team that co-ordinated transfer of servers across three continents. PHOTO| SALATON NJAU

What you need to know:

  • A South African anti-hacking team was on stand-by in case a mischievous person tried to infiltrate the code.
  • A data back-up had already been created in case someone interfered with the cables formerly linking M-Pesa to its servers in Germany and teams prepared on what to do to revert to the initial system among other checks. To the team, this was war.

  • By the time the new system was up, Ms Nyambura and her crew had ensured that M-Pesa now had the ability to process 900 transactions per second, up from the previous 320.

Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore tweeted a photo with a telling caption on April 19.


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