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Telecel Zimbabwe loses 130,000 subscribers in three months. What lies ahead?

September 18th, 2014

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Second quarter financial results released by parent company, Vimpelcom, show that Telecel Zimbabwe just lost 130,000 active subscribers in the 3 months since the first quarter of the 2014. Considering the company had lost 111,000 subscribers in the first quarter, this means a collective 241k active subscribers lost so far this year. In the second quarter Telecel had 2,329,000 subscribers, down from [...]

10 great tools for tech startups

September 17th, 2014

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Anyone who is part of a startup will tell you that the road is hardly easy. There’s a need to put on many hats to get the job done as startups are lean organisations that can hardly afford to hire someone for every role. Thanks to various tech tools some of the work is made easier [...]

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Internet Access Providers ask POTRAZ to review VSAT landing rights fees

September 17th, 2014

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Internet Access Providers this week asked the regulator of the telecoms sector in Zimbabwe, POTRAZ, to zero rate the VSAT landing rights fees in view of the modern possibilities of landing VSAT very cheaper using technologies like KA Band. The current $1,500 annual fees levied by the regulator is making internet access needlessly expensive in remote areas that technology like fibre [...]

Telecel re-introduces voice promo in the face of airtime taxes

September 17th, 2014

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Telecel Zimbabwe announced the re-introduction of its Mega Juice promotion. This promo offers prepaid Telecel Go subscribers a 100% bonus for on net calls to whenever they recharge airtime worth $1 or more. The promotion which was kicked off yesterday will run until the the 31st of January next year and according to Telecel its part [...]

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Zimbabwean websites hacked. Joomla fault or just poor security management?

September 16th, 2014

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So every now and again we get tips about local websites that have been hacked, defaced or compromised in one way or the other. In the past few days, there was an increase in such tips as quite a number of websites, most of organisations very well known, were compromised. As has been the case in the many previous cases we’ve [...]

WhatsApp ready to deliver on its voice calls promise

September 16th, 2014

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While WhatsApp has been hugely successful and managed to add value to its users with various tweaks, the biggest addition that everyone has been keen on is the voice calling feature. Judging from its latest iOS 8 update it looks like its about to happen soon. Going the features of the new update(still for iOS only, [...]

Econet reacts to taxes?

September 16th, 2014

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Its funny some of the small things that catch a mobile subscriber’s attention. We recently received a tip from an Econet subscriber who noticed that the network has adjusted its voice bundles, this time with a marginal price increase. The voice tariffs for the Econet Bundles are now being advertised in the promo SMS as being [...]

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Websites to complement the Zimsec website

September 16th, 2014

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The missionaries who founded my high school had a particular fondness for Jacarandas. At the beginning of every spring these trees would clothe themselves in purple flowers – a beautiful site to behold. My high school headmaster, Mr Mukoyi, was one for symbolism and every time this happened he saw it as an omen that the [...]

How to turn your website into a gold mine

September 16th, 2014

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The Internet is a jungle populated by millions of websites with each clamoring for the elusive attention of the click-happy internet users. It is a dog eat dog world in which brands ruthlessly compete for online visibility via search engines. Unfortunately, the only way to the top is by stepping on the heads of others. [...]

Ezzytickets out to offer comprehensive online ticketing solution

September 15th, 2014

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While we debate on how e-commerce and the online payment phenomenon is now in our backyard or whether we are ready for it or not, one service that we definitely need is online ticketing. The numerous events lined up on the Zimbabwean social calendar should at least have an online payment option that reflects how we have adopted options [...]

NetOne applies for datacasting licence

September 15th, 2014

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According to a notice in the Herald, state-owned mobile network operator Netone has applied for a national datacasting licence from the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe.The datacasting licence is one of ten broadcasting licences offered by the regulator. Datacasting, or the broadcast of data, is a service that delivers information via radio waves in varied forms [...]

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5 features that could make WhatsApp even better

September 15th, 2014

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Technology is extending our reach in ways that we never thought possible, boundaries be damned. In a way, we’ve grown to understand that talking to the next person no longer involves traveling through distances. It’s just a call, text or WhatsApp away. It’s no doubt WhatsApp is a part of this change. It has won [...]

Econet set to introduce NFC payments through EcoCash?

September 14th, 2014

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Here’s something interesting that I spotted while paying for lunch at an eatery in Harare – the cashier was handling payments through a card based system that works through a tapping mechanism. No, it wasn’t the EcoCash Mastercard or telecash Goldcard. It turns out its an NFC enabled “tap and go” system that works with cards [...]

Welcome to 2012, Apple

September 14th, 2014

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Recently, I was looking for as many NFC capable devices as possible to pair with an audio system just for cheap geek thrills. Having noticed a young man carrying a tablet I politely asked if his device was an NFC capable android. It was an iPad he proudly pronounced (but more like scoffed) that Apple [...]

Nettcash introduces brand ambassadors to grow agent network

September 12th, 2014

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Some months ago we wrote about Nettcash and their official launch in the Zimbabwean mobile money space. The independent service was applauded as a sign of healthy competition in a market dominated by mobile network operators. Since the launch the mobile money landscape has gone through significant changes, with the different service providers noting significant [...]

Latest Techzim Podcast: uMAX, Hand2hand transfer, Apple’s iPhone6

September 12th, 2014

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In this edition of the podcast we discussed uMAX’s “Owl hours” free internet between 10PM and 6AM as well as Hand2hand transfer, a Zimbabwean registered forex company that enables anyone anywhere in the world to transfer money to an EcoCash Wallet and local bank accounts through its website. We also briefly touched on Apple’s 2014 [...]

New tech taxes: are we killing the goose?

September 12th, 2014

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Yesterday we heard of the new taxes on mobile phones and airtime credit introduced by government. It’s hardly surprising that less than flowery opinions have been shared by Zimbabweans who are now faced by the prospect of a significant price increase on devices and already expensive mobile communication services. The fact is the waiver on duty [...]

ZOL introduces $89 fibre package… doubles speeds, but re-introduces capped internet

September 12th, 2014

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So, until now ZOL’s entry price for fibre has been $149 which, if you’re like me, is a wait-for-cheaper price. That price has come. This week, ZOL announced via their social media pages that the entry price now is now $89. ZOL being the preachers of uncapped $89 is an unbelievably great deal for uncapped fibre. But it’s not uncapped. This service is capped at [...]

Interview with saisai: Zim’s DEMO Africa 2014 representatives

September 12th, 2014

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In July this year we announced that a Bulawayo based startup, saisai Wireless, had been selected to be one of 40 African startup teams pitching at this year’s DEMO Africa tech talent showcase. saisai Wireless is working on the provision of free public WiFi access by utilising idle bandwidth from WiFi routers and hotspots with [...]

Farewell Nokia

September 12th, 2014

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There’s this nostalgic feeling tied to the name Nokia that brings back all those memories that you once had, those memories that made you believe in mobile phones. Like the billions of people out there, I used to own a Nokia phone. It was my first personal phone to be frank. It had no email, [...]

Rewinding time with oldversion.com

September 12th, 2014

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My first real computer experience outside school was on a Gateway 2000 machine. It came with a stalwart Pentium II processor, a 2 GB hard-drive (1.95 on mine), CDROM drive, a monitor with a surprisingly good resolution, could run all versions of Windows 98 (my copy was genuine) and a full featured copy of Office [...]

Zim government introduces 5% tax on mobile airtime

September 11th, 2014

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An announcement made today by Zimbabwean minister of Finance, Patrick Chinamasa, says the government will, from 15 September onwards now charge mobile operators 5% excise duty tax on airtime. Effectively this likely increase the cost of making a phone call in Zimbabwe. The announcement was made as part of the government’s 2014 Mid-Year Fiscal Policy Review Statement (which you [...]

Rocket Internet to raise almost $1billion in IPO for expansion

September 11th, 2014

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Rocket Internet, the German company builder and incubator recently confirmed that it would be launching an Initial Public Offering (IPO) later this year on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Rocket Internet, which focuses on emerging markets and has a significant footprint in Africa  has already established a presence in the Zimbabwean tech space through online real [...]

iWayAfrica’s expensive VSAT vs TelOne’s. Selective application of licensing rules?

September 11th, 2014

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So about two months ago we asked an official from the Postal and Telecoms Regulation Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) about what was apparently the selective application of VSAT licensing regulations. TelOne, a government owned fixed line operator, introduced cheap VSAT in May this year, but it later turned out it was cheap because, unlike the competition, they are [...]

Zimbabwe introduces 25% customs duty on mobile phones

September 11th, 2014

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Patrick Chinamasa, the minister of Finance, announced today that the government will now start levying 25% customs duty on mobile phone handset imports with effect from October 2014. Since August 2009, duty on mobile handsets and computers (essentially ICT gadgets) had been waived in a move to increase access to information technology. In the announcement Chinamasa explained the [...]

Africalotto introduces online gambling to Zimbabwe

September 11th, 2014

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Hammer and Tongues Holdings, through its lottery gaming provider, Africalotto, has introduced mobile and online gambling  to the Zimbabwean market with an Android application called The Africalotto Mobile App. Through this app,the first of its kind in Zimbabwe, registered users can place bets on the different lottery games that Africalotto already provides through its retail [...]