Zimbabwean student Mallon Marume scooped the first prize for artistic creativity this year’s DStv Eutelsat Star Awards announced Nairobi, Kenya yesterday. The awards celebrated rising student interest in science and technology on the continent. The awards are organised by MultiChoice Africa and Eutelsat, a satellite company providing both TV and Internet connectivity. Marume will visit Eutelsat in Paris...
The arrangement between EcoCash Diaspora and Chitoro allows people in the United Kingdom as well as 10 other countries in Europe to send money directly to a recipient's EcoCash wallet in either Zimbabwe or South Africa. Recipients can then choose to either use the funds at any EcoCash point of sale service facility or to cash out the money at any EcoCash agent.
I will start off with a disclaimer – I am an avid technologist who was fortunate to get a good STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) education before it was called that. Heck, even the ‘Tech’ in TechZim in in the acronym. That said, “STEM education” has become surprisingly popular of late, it is at risk […]
The Zimbabwean Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education has made it clear that Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects have strategic economic importance and are a priority. It is so much a priority that students taking up STEM subjects at A Level have been offered free education by the government. With this mind we looked the just released November 2015 ZIMSEC O’Level […]
More than 5 years and a standalone mobile application later, Groups are now registering 1 billion users a month and have been tapped as tools for political discussion, organisational efficiency and massive user feedback on brands, products and even insight on competing services.
About a year ago, when the zero rating of an app called biNu was announced by Econet we wrote in an article titled “Will Econet Zero-rating restore it to former glory“: In terms of popularity, this move may spell biNu’s come back in Zimbabwe. The free in yesteryear’s “free SMS” is back! This past November biNu’s total active users were just […]
Dear Zimbabwean people that build websites and offer content for reading, I just thought I would quickly share one frustrating thing that I’m forced to go through almost daily now. Lately, I run into more and more websites that have right-clicking disabled. Selecting text is also disabled. I have to manually enable all these […]
The net neutrality cause got a huge boost today when the Telecoms Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) permanently banned Facebook's Free Basics on the grounds of net neutrality violations.
The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange has just announced today the dropping of Celsys from its official list of companies. One of only 2 tech related companies on the local exchange, Celsys was under voluntary suspension since 2012 and it eventually ceased operations in October last year. This is therefore more a formality than a significant event for the company. Here’s the announcement in full: […]
One of the changes just recently took effect at the beginning of February 2016 as NetOne announced the appointment of a Chief Operating Officer. The newly created position will be taken up by Brian Mutandiro, the former chairman of the telecoms regulator, POTRAZ. Mutandiro will work alongside NetOne's current Chief Executive Officer, Reward Kangai.
At the beginning of the year, Liquid Telecom launched ipidi TV, its Video On Demand service in Zambia. This was its first entry into the market after more than 2 years of development. Now, the pay TV service has been launched in Kenya, marking Liquid Telecom's entry into the triple play race for the East African market.
TelOne’s $1/GB WiFi, Hammer & Tongues, Econet killing device credit, Ruzivo Digital Learning – Podcast
In this episode, we discuss the $1 for 1GB offer from TelOne and its impact on the access to broadband in Zimbabwe. We also touch on the suspension of credit sales for devices from Econet as well as the launch of Ruzivo the new e-learning platform from the operator.
Econet sent a response on the credit sales issue, pointing out that the facility has only been suspended and not killed off completely. In its communication, Econet also confirmed that the options that are left for individuals are cash or the lay bye scheme.
According to the RBZ, in 2015, monetary transactions totaled $57 billion and mobile payments accounted for 87.9% of these transactions in terms of volumes.
Tigo Tanzania, the East African mobile operator has announced that it will now be offering all its 10 million subscribers free access to the instant message platform, WhatsApp.
The latest on WhatsApp is that it has increased the group maximum from 100 to 256 members. So far it seems the change has only been made to the latest version for Android (Version 2.12.437) which isn't yet in the Google Play store but can be downloaded from the WhatsApp website.
Judging from the list above, spam emailing or pop-up messages will not be allowed. Apart from these, there are also rules governing information put on websites, how entries in the Telephone Directory should appear and even how office signs should look! Violating these policies is a serious offense that may lead to a disciplinary hearing for the registered practitioner.
The company, which is almost always associated with auctions, took a dive into online retailing in July 2015 when it went live with its own online mall. The launch highlighted Hammer and Tongues' confidence in online distribution and brought the "e-commerce is finally here" debate back into rotation.
Ruzivo has been designed as a new service under Econet Education banner and rather than replacing EcoSchool, it will be acting as a complementary service that addresses the learning needs of primary and secondary education. EcoSchool will maintain its focus on delivering value for tertiary education students.
We have been informed that local mobile operator, Econet Wireless, will be launching its new e-learning product called Ruzivo Digital Learning today.
Econet has stopped selling mobile devices to individuals on credit terms and any buyer interested in a device has to pay for it in cash or through the lay bye option. Corporate clients can still access the contract facility but effectively the Econet Premium service is no longer available for individuals.
WhatsApp, the Instant Messaging (IM) platform which is part of the Facebook stable just recently celebrated a significant milestone - It now has 1 billion users.
The National Social Security Authority (NSSA) wants to use mobile money services for the payment of pensions and it is eyeing an introduction of this option by the end of the first quarter of 2016.
Local mobile network operator, NetOne, is on that Valentine's Day tip this year. It is offering its prepaid subscribers a full day of free calls made to NetOne numbers on the 14th of February.
TelOne, the local fixed telecoms and internet company has kicked off a new promotion for its public WiFi service, offering significant increases in data on its 3 packages.
In this episode which was recorded "On The Go", we discussed NetOne's $600 million wish, the increase in the USF contributions, unlimited internet from Powertel and the well-received offer for free education extended to STEM students.