In this episode of the Techzim podcast, we discuss Econet and Liquid Telecom’s reaction to POTRAZ’s Infrastructure Sharing strategy, the iWayAfrica VSAT products that just got so much cheaper and the online retailing platform YoStore from the ISP, YoAfrica.
Econet and Liquid Telecom have pulled out of the POTRAZ led Infrastructure Sharing debate which is set to be concluded shortly.
YoAfrica, a local internet service provider has set up its own online retail platform. Called YoShop, it focuses on the sale of IT related products.
Most LP Gas resellers have not gone through the process of applying for a retail licence and are operating hazardously in undesignated spots. From corruption to complicated licensing, here are some of the reasons why this situation is prevalent.
The Rural Electrification Agency is offering free quotations and education for aspiring biogas and solar users. This is part of an effort to lower the burden on the national power grid.
Most of us are keen on taking advantage of different off-peak packages for broadband, so here’s a run through the steps for scheduling downloads.
Following on the heels of the VSAT fees adjustment administered by the regulator, POTRAZ, iWayAfrica, a local internet service provider has drastically reduced the cost of its VSAT packages.
Econet Wireless has issued a statement clarifying its position on the relationship it has with Muzinda Hub, a local tech entrepreneurship centre that is currently training 1,000 developers. The operator has adopted the Hub as part of its impact investment initiatives.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission is considering Biometric Voting but is contrained by funding.
Some people don’t know what Muzinda Hub is or what it’s all about. This is despite some links to the most visible local tech company, Econet Wireless. This is likely to change now that Econet has started referencing the hub and the work that it’s doing.
In this episode of the podcast, we discuss the launch of Hai, an ISP in Zambia owned by Liquid Telecom, the latest on POTRAZ and infrastructure sharing as well as the entry-level smartphones that Steward Bank is selling on credit to college students. If you have a comment or anything to add to any of […]
In its latest effort to highlight its position as a job creator, Econet has published a full page press statement outlining its support of more than 60,000 jobs in the Zimbabwean economy. Could be it be part of Econet’s efforts to lobby for the loosening of regulation which has been handicapping the industry?
Zipcash has continued to expand its presence and it is now available in new Sub Saharan markets. How does it fare against the contemporary mobile money options?
A local Mobile Money tariff calculator app released last year has now been tweaked to catch up with some of the changes in local mobile money services. The app it now incorporates calculations and comparisons for OneWallet and Nettcash and the user interface has been dusted up a bit.
Steward Bank is offering tertiary students entry level smartphones through a Student Account credit facility. Here is a look at the impact of this strategy.
So after the noise with the tengai.co.zw store and the ensuing usual talk about local content one question has been tickling the nether regions of my brain. Just what the heck is local content?
POTRAZ will be holding an open-house conference of stakeholders involved in infrastructure sharing in telecoms in the next few days as it finalises the draft sharing agreement readying for transforming into law and possible implementation by end of year.
Recently, Liquid Telecom the African telecoms infrastructure company announced the launch of Hai, a new Internet Service Provider and retail internet brand. Hai opened its doors in Zambia first, and there are plans to establish a presence in Rwanda and Kenya shortly.
It’s easy to consider VSAT as an outdated phenomenon that nobody really talks about anymore. With Internet Providers complaining about the cost of VSAT landing fees and the gazetting of new fees reducing them to token figures, one must realise that indeed VSAT is still a technology to consider.
Zimbabwe’s telecoms regulator, POTRAZ, has scrapped the annual fees for VSAT landing rights from $1,500 to a low $20 for C and Ku Band and $30 for Ka Band.
Here is the latest edition of the Techzim podcast. This episode touched on the MTN-Liquid Telecom partnership, the TelOne and Innscor WiFi arrangement, job cuts and salary adjustments in Telecoms as well as the workshops at Harare Institute of Technology.
Liquid Telecom, the Pan- African Telecoms infrastructure company has entered into a partnership with another African telecoms giant, MTN. This is part of an arrangement meant to ensure that the customers for both companies benefit from a wide fixed and wireless footprint.
Harare Institute of Technology will hold a series of workshops on technology as part of its 10th Anniversary celebrations.
For a while, Econet has been giving away free airtime in parcels as small as 3 cents. What is the logic behind this giveaway anyway? Is this the best that the operator, and other telecoms provide?
The second session of the MISA Internet Governance Conference held in Harare recently concluded with startups and online businesses sharing their experiences. The role of technical enablers in the form of Internet Providers and Mobile Operators would have been an interesting discussion, but unfortunately, only TelOne turned up. The discussion also brought onto the spotlight the […]
Telone has introduced hotspots at food outlets in partnership with Innscor. This could be a good development as it quickly multiplies Telone’s numbers and attracts traffic to Innscor outlets.
In a statement that clarifies its position on the series of job cuts it has effected, Econet has taken a shot at industry regulator, POTRAZ, accusing it of causing instability in the industry.
The dream is free, the hustle is sold separately. That pretty much sums up entrepreneurship, even for tech startups.There are other things that are never discussed in detail. Through a series of conversations with local tech entrepreneurs, we are trying to understand some of the realities of startup entrepreneurship in Zimbabwe. In this conversation, we spoke with the Zimall cofounders.
We have just concluded the first session of the MISA Governance Conference. Here is a summary of the event so far.
The concept of live programming is slowly starting to gain traction thanks to a platform called Livecoding.tv . This is where people log in to watch or stream themselves programming in different languages. There’s a lot of value behind this, but will it survive or die as another geek sensation?