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Nafuna TV to set up animation campus

July 24th, 2014

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Local animator Nqobizitha “Enqore” Mlilo of the Nafuna TV fame says he wants to set up an animation academy to expand the impact of the craft in Zimbabwe, build an appreciation of it’s potency as a medium and create an full fledged industry churning out high quality productions. Anyone with an understanding of animation will [...]

Parliament protects cellphone users’ privacy

July 24th, 2014

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The Zimbabwean legislative took a stand for cellphone users’ privacy yesterday when it outlawed legal provisions that allow the ZRP to approach mobile network operators and access information provided by a subscriber when registering a SIM card. According to a report in the Herald, this ratification followed a submission of a report prepared by the [...]

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Zvinhu Zvirikufaya viral videos and social media marketing

July 23rd, 2014

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There really is no stopping this “Zvinhu Zvirikufaya” craze that has gripped social media is there? More and more amusing videos are being churned out by Zimbabweans and being posted on the popular Facebook page.   The latest video on Facebook features this snazzy dude drinking home brewed masese (opaque traditional Zimbabwean beer) from a wine [...]

Liquid Telecom increasing VSAT capacity

July 22nd, 2014

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With all the fibre trenching Liquid Telecom does in Africa, it’s easy to assume the company’s products are all around fibre. You couldn’t be further from reality. Even though the city and highway trenching is what is easy to see, Liquid is still very active on the satellite front. For obvious reasons really; fibre is nowhere near reaching every corner of the [...]

Telecel #TellSomeone, imitation is the greatest form of flattery

July 22nd, 2014

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It all started with Telecel’s successful rebranding exercise in February 2012. The network operator managed to craft a tagline, “Go Ahead, TellSomeone”, that effectively combined their brand name with a viral marketing concept to their user experience that every user had to “tell someone” about. NetOne, in what seemed like a quest to create steam [...]

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Is Zimbabwe missing out on Africa’s growth wave?

July 22nd, 2014

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The past few weeks provided me a rare chance to listen to a different view about investment and innovation on the African continent. I wish to share that through this short article. Clearly, the continent is an emerging market, which has a golden opportunity to tap into the strong global sentiment of goodwill about its [...]

Startup solutions can help local tourism

July 21st, 2014

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Local tourism has always been a great investment centre that can be tapped into by players with the right enterprise, imagination and resources. It has continually been noted as a key contributor to the economy, with a lot of attention focused on how tourism related revenue generation can be boosted exponentially. Recently the Minister of [...]

Android Fundamentals – Google’s plan to lend developers a hand

July 21st, 2014

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As part of it’s push to bring more Android developers on board, Google is teaming up with Udacity to offer a free course on mobile development called Android Fundamentals. Android Fundamentals is an online course that is made to walk you through the necessary steps required in building Android apps, the best practices in mobile [...]

Econet announces free access to Twitter, your move Telecel?

July 20th, 2014

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Econet Wireless announced that they will be giving all broadband subscribers free access to micro blogging site Twitter.  With a tweet carrying an amusing jibe at Telecel’s catch phrase #tellsomeone, Econet has highlighted that this freebie will only last for one month. This is a welcome development for the Zimbabwean Twitter community aka #Twimbos. Expectations [...]

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Startup TV Yangu wants Africa to tell its own story through video

July 18th, 2014

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We all love great video content. It has an even greater impact if it’s got local relevance. Because of this appetite more and more local content creators are churning out productions but they face the challenge of limited online places where all this content can be consumed. TV Yangu, a local video on demand service [...]

WeChat and Telegram were supposed to replace WhatsApp. What happened?

July 18th, 2014

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With 100 million users in its bag, a Chinese messaging app called Weixen decided to change its name to WeChat. A globally recognisable English name, an already globally recognisable look and feel, and a globally popular footballer as brand ambassador were going to do it. Not only was WeChat a WhatsApp, it was more. Much much more! Ads went [...]

EconetHealth launches EcoHealth Tips

July 18th, 2014

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Earlier today, EconetHealth, the health services subsidiary of Econet Wireless launched a new product called EcoHealth Tips at a ceremony attended by various stakeholders in the health sector including officials from the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare. The new offering provides health related information via USSD to subscribers who sign up for the new [...]

Unboxing the value of the Telecash Gold Card

July 17th, 2014

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Yesterday Telecel Zimbabwe launched a debit card for their mobile money users called the TeleCash Gold Card.This product had been in the pipeline for a while now, with Telecel having given some information on the card and what it would mean for subscribers at the launch of Telecash some months ago. While the launch itself [...]

Downloading WhatsApp and other apps on your PC

July 17th, 2014

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Vendors at various locations in the capital, including Copa Cabana Terminus and Gulf Complex, make a killing selling ( they call it “loading”) music onto people’s phones. Whilst people can debate the legality of this practice, it is the practice of asking people to pay fees ranging from $2-$5 to have apps like WhatsApp and [...]

POTRAZ Q1 Report shows significant mobile traffic decline

July 16th, 2014

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There are more people signing up for mobile connections but fewer calls are being made by these same subscribers. This fact has been expressed POTRAZ’s Sector Performance Report for the first quarter of 2014. The report has provided a snapshot perspective on the state of telecoms in Zimbabwe, with a notable decline in mobile traffic [...]

iWayAfrica Zimbabwe now in the green. New products doing well, says source

July 16th, 2014

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In an article we posted earlier today about Gondwana’s new deal with SevenC Computing to have iWayAfrica Zimbabwe introduce new managed IT services, we indicated that iWayAfrica has had “lacklustre performance in recent years”. This, based on the $55,000 loss they made in 2012. A source close to iWayAfrica Zimbabwe sent us an email to provide more facts and to point us to [...]

Telecel launches debit card

July 16th, 2014

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Mobile service provider Telecel has launched a debit card for its Telecash mobile financial services subscribers. Dubbed the Telecash Gold Card, it allows Telecash subscribers to make transactions on all ZimSwitch POS terminals and also enables withdrawals from every ZimSwitch ATM facility. The card can also be used for the payment of a host of [...]

Techzim Podcast: Interview with Webdev on the new Paynow internet payments

July 16th, 2014

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A couple of days ago, we interviewed Webdev’s Sales and Operations director, Vusi Ndebele, and technical lead, Mathew Hood on the launch of the company’s new internet payment gateway, Paynow. We discussed how the idea came about, what Paynow can do, e-commerce, where Paynow stands in relation to its competition, both locally and the PayPals [...]

Zimbabwe’s mobile penetration 106% as Econet grows to 9 million subscribers

July 16th, 2014

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A recent Q1 report by Zimbabwe’s telecommunications regulator, POTRAZ, says the country’s mobile penetration rate is now 106%, mowing mostly to the growth of Econet subscribers by about 4%. Econet’s total active mobile subscribers continue to grow and are now 9.07 million. The figure shows Econet has effectively grown it’s market share from about 63% in December, [...]

iWayAfrica partners SA’s SevenC to introduce managed IT Services in Zimbabwe

July 16th, 2014

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An announcement by Gondwana International Networks (the new owners of iWayAfrica since December) yesterday said they have just partnered South African IT services company SevenC, to introduce managed IT services in Zimbabwe. iWayAfrica will provide what would otherwise get from an internal specialised IT department if it made business sense. Services like email, data storage, backups & disaster [...]

19 EconetZero weeks later…

July 16th, 2014

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Yes, it’s been 19 weeks since Econet treated us to a surprise that promised to change the way we go online. We took the chance to take a step back, think this through and get a better sense of what this means now that we’re 19 weeks into it. If anything, EconetZero has had some [...]

Webdev: We built the Paynow payments platform because we needed it

July 16th, 2014

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It is said the best startup idea is one which solves a personal pain the founder has. Not only does this mean they are solving a real problem, but usually also means they have the determination to go through what it takes to see the difficult process through to the having a working solution. The Paynow story is no different. [...]

Local mobile voice call tariffs tumble

July 15th, 2014

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Let’s all take a minute to celebrate the sweet spot mobile subscribers are in right now. As the battle for voice call revenue among network subscribers rages on, each network has launched promotions aimed at building loyalty and ensuring that subscribers do more than just “WhatsApp” and “Facebook” on their devices. For local network operators, [...]

Germany’s secret weapon was technology and Big Data

July 15th, 2014

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  This was a very special world cup for me. It’s not every day that all your football wishes come true: a highly competitive tournament where even the minnows could bruise the egos of big teams, a humbling of the Brazilians ( I stated my dislike of them in an early article) and the team [...]