In this podcast, we discuss some of the Black Friday deals, including some that will last over the next few days. We also discuss Econet's court case, the return of Ownai, Zimbabwe's domain issue and the closure of Econet Global's Seldon. ...
According to Munyaradzi Gwatidzo, the founder and CEO of Astro, Astro wants to offer a great smartphone experience for a limited budget, something that takes into consideration Zimbabwean consumers' improving tastes as well as the current economic situation where disposable incomes only allow for a limited investment into mobile devices.
Not tech obviously but we know most of our readers would like to go through this. So we decided to post it here. Zimbabwe 2016 National Budget Statement here. But for those just looking for the tech bit, here’s an extract pf the technology section. Quite a bit of stuff to go through. We’ll summarise later for […]
Ownai, the econet classifieds website, which launched yesterday, has been up and down this afternoon. Attempting to visit the website right now produces the error in the picture above. The message on shows that the database of the content management system they are using, Osclass, is unavailable. It’s not clear yet what has caused the outage but it could be […]
YouTube recently followed this up by opening up this YouTube Offline experience to all devices in selected African markets - South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya. The good news is that the service is now also available in Zimbabwe.
Telco, a local Internet Access Provider which has also been providing a fairly competitive fibre option has its mind on ensuring that fibre users that want the essentials of fibre and more importantly the best in streaming capabilities get just that. The team there has tried to capture this in their new service, Velocity Stream.
You can avoid becoming a victim of most of these breaches by making use of multi-factor authentication. Multifactor authentication (MFA) is a security system that requires more than one method of authentication from independent categories of credentials to verify the user’s identity for a login or other transaction.
The Internet Society of Zimbabwe and the telecoms regulator, POTRAZ, today hosted a workshop in Harare to help players and professionals in the tech sector understand more the concept of Internet Exchanges, the benefits and best practices. The event was attended by the deputy minister of the ICT Ministry, Win Mlambo. Local internet providers were also represented […]
Econet is looking past all of that, though. According to Douglas Mboweni, Econet's CEO, the telecoms operator wants its customers who are running small businesses to see the operator as a partner that will help them make money. Tools like Ownai are supposed to enable this by offering free marketing of goods to Econet's broadband customers.
Zimbabwe has won a tender to host one of Southern Africa’s Internet Exchange Points. The announcement was made today by the deputy minister of ICT, Dr. Win Mlambo, at an event hosted by the Internet Society of Zimbabwe and POTRAZ in Harare. To implement the Internet Exchange Point (IXP), the country will get funding of US $200,000 […]
Econet has been contesting a directive given last year by POTRAZ to all operators to lower their voice tariffs. This adjustment led to the lowering of mobile voice calls from 23 cents a minute to 15 cents a minute at the start of 2015. This adjustment had been determined by the new LRIC pricing model that POTRAZ put into effect, with another set of tariff reductions scheduled for the nex two years.
Telecoms operators are experiencing a growth in subscriber numbers, but the same subscribers aren't spending as much. That's one way of looking at the statistics provided in the latest (Second Quarter of 2015) sector performance report from post and telecoms regulator, POTRAZ.
So why were the transfers suspended in the first place?
According to an updated ipidi website, the VOD service will come with two options - ipidi flix and ipidi boxoffice. The ipidi flix alternative offers monthly access to TV shows and movies and ipidi has made claims of a growing library with "thousands of hours" of content.
One of the highlights, locally, was the Muzinda Hub Business Plan Competition which was the technology hub and training centre's continental tech startup challenge. The finals of the event, which were streamed and held live via Google Handouts with 10 startups vying for recognition resulted in 5 startups being selected as winners.
This is the main reason I don't quite buy the "fast follower" thinking that the company has said is part of its modus operandi. The internet and the tools it provides freely to anyone, are not so we can follow fast to resell products.
First conceived as a real estate listing site, this Zimbabwean startup realised there was a bigger key problem about properties they could solve.
Firstly, it seeks to promote the legal certainty and enforceability of electronic transactions and electronic commerce. Secondly, the draft Bill seeks to grant legal recognition to electronic communications and writing. Thirdly, the draft Bill is to provide for the legal effect of electronic signatures and secure electronic signatures.
Econet has shut down and put up for auction its water purifying company, Seldon Technologies.Econet Global had pumped in some US $20 million but is putting the company up for auction at a reserve price of US$1.5 million.
On the solar energy tip, other users are looking beyond lights and geysers. An example of that is the solar stove we came across in Harare. It's being sold by a local trader, Solomon Marimo, who says he identified this type of solar stove in South Africa and has been trying to create a local distribution line.
TelOne's fax to email service went live recently and its being offered for free. Users can access it on www.zimfax.com, and on this page they can create their own fax - email account.
We discuss the future of Telecel in this podcast, along with talks on a real estate listings startup called Propertybook, the Steward bank agent banking partnership with Zimpost and the startup competitions happening locally as Global Entrepreneurship Week comes to a close. One other issue touched on is the Startup Challenge and its absence from the calendar this year.
According to Muzinda Hub, numerous applications were submitted from close to 20 African countries. As had been highlighted during the submission process, the finalists will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges from different parts of Africa.
This year, Zimbabwe is one of the countries taking part in the Challenge Cup with its own local competition which will be used to select the best startups. The winners will progress to the regional cup and if successful, battle it out at the Global Challenge Cup.
When we introduced a new look about 6 months ago, we made great strides to make the site more extremely lovable but we still had lots of room to improve the desktop experience. We promised we would continue working on the site to make it more usable and the latest changes are exactly that. We hope this […]
Part of Logicode's existing clients and some potential users form both large and small scale enterprises took part in the half-day event, and they wer brought up to speed on the full scale of what Oracle's embrace of cloud services means for Zimbabwean enterprises.