Telecel and NetOne owe Econet $26.3 million from the past year alone. These are debts related to interconnection fees that Econet has always struggled to collect from the other operators. That figure is big enough to have paid for a little over 40% of Telecel.
What you’re seeing now is the new Techzim design. If you’re mobile you probably love it. And if you’re on desktop, you’re probably wishing that we bring back the old design. Think of this as the first iteration of the future of Techzim. We will continuously adjust aspects of it to make it easier to see the content you care about!
An Android App that simplifies aspects on the rights of Zimbabweans as enshrined in the constitution was launched by the Centre for Applied Legal Research (CALR). The app is set to go added changes, so the team behind it is keen on feedback and suggestions on how to broaden the impact of the app.
Local medical aid society, PSMAS, is introducing e-cards for members that will work with POS terminals at various service providers. Besides being an electronic record of membership status, the card doesn’t look it does much for its users though.
Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has released its annual financial results. The operator has registered lower revenues and a 41% decline in profit. After tax profits stood at $70 million and revenues came to $746 million. Broadband and mobile money have contributed 22% to the operator’s performance and voice revenue continues to fall.
The ongoing industrial action being conducted by MTN South Africa workers took on a xenophobic turn when the workers started waving placards asking for the operator’s Zimbabwean born CEO, Sifiso Dabengwa, to step down and return to Zimbabwe.
The audit report from KPMG on State broadcaster ZBC highlighted the slew of challenges the broadcaster is facing. The exposé also offered some solutions for the broadcaster’s woes. Closer inspection of what is happening in the environment shows that these solutions are limited and won’t do much to save the Corporation.
Liquid Telecom, launched an enterprise data storage, cloud storage and file sharing service called CrashPlan Africa. If you’re wondering if this isn’t just a Box or Dropbox with an African tag, hear this: This is enterprise first, and IT departments get the premises based cloud option. The closer competition may actually be SharePoint than the purely cloud syncing stuff.
Local mobile operator Econet has been sending out instructions for disabling its Job Alerts service. All you have to do is to SMS the word STOP to 33170 and you’ll get confirmation of your de-registration. Previously, this hadn’t been possible, despite the fact that each alert cost subscribers 1 cent.
Local mobile device concern, Gtel, has entered the Kenyan market with a device distribution partnership with the largest mobile network there, Safaricom. This apparently marks Gtel’s entry into a fourth African market after South Africa, Mozambique and Zambia.
A lot of us who are familiar with the movie streaming service Popcorn Time know how access to it requires an app. Now a site called Popcorn Time In Your Browser is letting you do that straight from the site, no downloads or setups asked. Just visit the site, find your movie, click, and start watching a movie in HD.
Local print media company, Zimpapers, has appointed a new CEO and Chairman. With changes like this, and the way tech is rattling the news and media industry, this could be the start of a new season for Zimpapers. Will the leadership be agile enough to catch the wave and turn the company into more than just a print media house? How achievable is it to become just like the giant Naspers?
Econet has an SMS Job Alerts service that you can sign up to use on your own, but you can’t unsubscribe from. It has a lot of SMS alerts that actually cost you 1 cent, even after you’ve tried to unsubscribe from it.
The national power authority, ZESA, has failed to deliver on its mandate as the one source of power for the majority of Zimbabweans. The poor service delivery and lack of consistent supply is enough to prove that. Perhaps it is now time to consider players from the private sector and to engage them seriously.
There’s a hackathon happening in Addis Ababa Ethiopia right now called Gamify It! Hackathon. The 4-day meetup has brought together 35 African developers in hopes that they can come up with game-centric solutions for areas like green energy and disaster management. The main focus is e-learning and the teams will display their solutions to delegates at the eLearning Africa Conference on the 20th of May. A local developer, Wiseman Kuchera, is part of the 35 participants.
It’s funny how a loud campaign from a single service provider can bring out a lot of aggression from the competition, especially where the opportunity for added revenue streams is made apparent to everyone concerned. I’m referring to WiFi promotions that are now being pushed by every provider who has them. Ever since TelOne opened […]
Mobile data is expensive and there’s nothing that can be done about it in the short term. Let’s not flood the regulator, POTRAZ, with our complaints. Our best bet is in the shift in economic conditions that might get operators to angle for our money with promos and discounts. But this doesn’t seem to happen […]
Listen to that…..silence. It seems like besides launching a group savings product, EcoCash has been rather quiet lately. I say this not because I was a fan of the product blitzkrieg that its parent company Econet launched on its mobile money competition last year. Far from it. Some of those EcoCash related products weren’t inspiring, but […]
Today Pan-African infrastructure group, Liquid Telecoms, announced an increase in its existing investment in the Zambian market with the acquisition of an Internet Service Provider called Realtime. This move comes on the heels of another strategic play for the retail consumer market that CEC Liquid Telecom (that’s the name of its Zambian outfit) made a few months […]
Talent shortage is a big problem in tech, and if you ask anyone in Zimbabwe who’s cared to find the best man for any particular tech job, they quickly agree. Even here at Techzim, we’ve felt it. It’s sad that not enough has been done to fix the situation. One area that seems to be […]
The name Nicholas Mathonsi isn’t a household name, but in some weird way it should be, for millions of people. He’s the guy who passed a High Court order granting Telecel Zimbabwe the right to continue operations until it puts its house in order. If it wasn’t for Justice Mathonsi, today, Telecel Zimbabwe would be […]
It’s 2015, so the conversation around the availability of the internet in Zimbabwe is not so different from what you get in any other part of the world. Almost half of the population has access to an online connection. Current and potential consumers of internet services talk about the same things and ask the same questions […]
We have received information that local Internet Access Provider Dandemutande, the company behind the uMAX service, will be merging with two internet service providers, iWayAfrica and AfricaOnline. This move comes as the entities seek to establish a competitive advantage in a competitive operating environment that has been very brutal on every operator. Yesterday we wrote […]
7 months ago, at the height of its product launch blitz, local mobile operator Econet introduced the market to Econet Connected Car. No, it wasn’t meant to be new competition to the safe Google self-driving car, but a car tracking system that was touted as a revolutionary product by Econet. After all the controversial comments […]
Masawara’s annual results for the year ended December 2014, show that Dandemutande, a subsidiary they own, went through a 4th consecutive loss making year, posting of a loss of US $1.2 million. The loss has however improved from the $2.1 million posted in 2013. Dandemutande is the internet provider behind the uMAX and Utande brands. Dandemutande however managed to increase revenue […]
It has been just over 20 years since Zimbabwe joined the internet. It was back in 1994 when serial entrepreneur, inventor and geek Robert Nursten and his son Clint founded Zimbabwe’s first Internet Service Provider ISP called Data Control Systems which they later sold to Econet. The company was later renamed Ecoweb and became part of […]
I am a thief. I have been for a while. In fact, when I stop to think of it, I fear that my children might inherit the inclination to engage in this nefarious activity of mine. Looking back in my internal memory I can’t seem to pinpoint any ONE event or activity that led […]
A lot happened in local tech in the past week, particularly in broadband and telecoms. We discuss some of these issues in this episode of the podcast. Part of the discussion included the Telecel ownership issue, particularly the remarks shared by the Minister of ICT in Parliament regarding this issue, the ZOL WiFi Hotspots, the new […]
I’m sure I’m not the only person who’s not fully convinced that our country has this digital migration issue under control. Even though NetOne paid for this whole project, I’m proudly wearing the skeptics’ cape until I see something really convincing and I know there’s a huge number of Zimbabweans who feel the same way. The […]
Not too long ago we published an article on the way the Instant Messaging platform, WhatsApp, is being used by local medical professionals for added efficiency in the delivery of health services. It turns out it’s not just doctors and nurses that are cashing in on the social media/tech capital of WhatsApp. A local pharmacy […]