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ZESA increases debt recovery rates on prepaid meters & tightens screws on defaulters to avoid load shedding
ZETDC, a subsidiary of the Zimbabwe's power utility concern ZESA, has announced that starting from the 1st of September 2016 it will be increasing the debt recovery rate from 40% to 50% on all domestic accounts in arrears that are using prepaid electricity meters .
Your head can do 10 quadrillion calculations per second. Whatever tech will do to match this kind of human brain computational power on the road to AGI, it must match the convenience of a human brain both in size and resources which you and I have between the ears.
image credit: countrycaller.com Opera has finally released its free unlimited VPN service for Android. The Opera VPN service is a separate application from the company’s web browser. The VPN service allows you to browse the internet privately and anonymously, hiding what you do online from being tracked. The VPN also allows you to bypass firewalls and […]
Dial-up use in Zimbabwe declines by 99.4% as national fixed telecoms operator phases out old school technology
TelOne, Zimbabwe's fixed telecoms provider that activated dial-up services has started phasing it out. According to the telecoms regulator, POTRAZ active dial-up connections were whittled down from a total of 6,872 in December 2015 to just 44 active connections at the beginning of April 2016.
NetOne to install 3,000 base stations in network project, sets eyes on 10 million subscriber capacity
The additional infrastructure is expected to give NetOne the capacity to connect 10 million subscribers at a time. NetOne currently has 4.3 million active subscribers and it plans to sign on 5 million more subscribers.
After realising the unfavourable effects of ads on user experience and data consumption, I found it necessary to investigate alternative ways an online publication can monetize their website. Yes, it is possible to let go of Google AdSense (pay per click), banners and pop-ups and go ad-free. The ad-free diet doesn’t have to be full blown, […]
image credit: marketingland.com Google recently announced that it will be punishing mobile websites that have interstitial ads as of January, 2017. Interstitial ads are ads that show or “pop-up” while the actual web page is downloading or in the background. image credit: designshack.com Google plans to punish the websites practicing this form of advertising by […]
Jah Prayzah’s hit video records half a million YouTube views in a week, races towards new record for local music
This song has been supported by a great video which was uploaded on Jah Prayzah's YouTube channel on the 12th of August and has since recorded one of the fastest (if not the fastest) views count on YouTube for a Zimbabwean music video.
image credit: abine.com Online ads are annoying, intrusive and a major distraction. Not only do they frustrate website visitors but are reported to take up to 40% of your data and a significant amount of battery life. 40% is a considerable amount to lose to ads, especially with the high costs of data in Zimbabwe. Your […]
Econet’s ad blocking is great, but it’s also a net neutrality violator, regulatory minefield & potential Mafia shakedown
Tucked away in Econet's plans to deliver a better web experience there are risks of major regulatory violations as well as the unethical application of technology under the guise of protecting subscribers.
Econet’s EcoSure burial society service now processing over 400 claims a month, registers over 2,000 groups
According to Econet, one of those added services, Ecosure's burial society service now has over 2,000 burial societies since its launch last year
Twitter has suspended 360,000 accounts for violating its prohibitions on violent threats and promotion of terrorism over the past year. The move is in line with its public policy that aims to combat any subversive content. According to their official blog statement, daily suspensions have surged by 80% , with a significant rise suspensions occurring after terrorist […]
Olympic Committee Regulated Social Media to protect broadcast revenue, future of live global events in question
image credit: wearesocial.com The Rio 2016 Olympics came to an end in a spectacular closing ceremony in the historic Maracana Stadium. The games have been entertaining and full of controversy but aside from it all Brazil seems to have pulled it off. Besides the sporting events, there has been a raging debate on the sidelines toward the impact […]
It recently announced that it had devleoped the draft national IPv4 to IPv6 migration strategy for Zimbabwe. This document is expected to provide a layout on how Zimbabwe will deal with migration in terms of training, awareness and enabling for the country's ICT industry.
Image Credit Unsplash.com This is a sponsored article submitted by Hove Group Investments (HGI) Hove Group Investments (HGI) is a business solutions service provider that is focused on creating and implementing unique solutions in line with client requirements. HGI works with a variety of technology partners bringing a wealth of international experience to the local […]
For his latest album, Mdhara Vachauya, Jah Prayzah's team partnered with Zimbabwe's largest news publisher Zimpapers to distribute the CD album via its network of newspaper vendors.
There have been questions about what this means to the content we access and whether or not mobile broadband users will need to do anything to change their browsing habits. here are 7 of the most asked questions about ad blocking and their answers that offer some explanations to this.
Harare City Council began rolling out pre-paid water meters early this year. A public outcry against the move did not stop the City Council from going ahead with their project. The rollout “pilot project” installed water meters in Bluffhill, Sunningdale, Kambuzuma, Greendale, Avenues, and Avondale. Unfortunately, I live in one of the areas listed above, so […]
ZBC content deal with Econet Media collapses ending Olympics & English Premier League coverage on local TV
The content deal that was recently concluded between the local broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) and Econet Media has collapsed.
Zambian government suspected of causing internet shutdown following outage in opposition strongholds
It has been reported that over the past two days parts of Zambia have experienced internet outages with subscribers using the mobile broadband services being the most affected.
Econet Wireless Group signs ad blocking deal for its networks, subscribers set to benefit from data savings
Econet Wireless Group and Shine, a US/Israeli tech company focused on ad blocking technology announced a deal that will see the introduction network level ad blocking on Econet's mobile networks across Africa.
Free DStv alternative OpenView HD registers half a million users, activates more than 1,000 households per day
OpenView HD has announced that this month it will be surpassing the half a million users mark thanks to an increase in decoder activations that has been recorded over the past few months.
image credit – Techrepublic.com The number of tech hubs in Africa has risen from 120 to 314 according to a report by GSMA. A tech-hub is any physical space that provides start-ups with resources and services to support their growth and include: incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces, fab labs, maker spaces, hacker spaces and other innovation spaces. The growth of tech hubs […]
ZB Bank says it now has 9,765 agents, highlights role of prepaid ZESA distribution in growth of network
Besides setting the record straight these numbers also highlight one important factor. The distribution of a key utility, in this case ZESA's prepaid electricity, has been a major contributor to the growth of ZB Banks' agent network.
If you’ve ever been in a fix and required help from the Econet Support team, there are now more ways to do it! Econet has opened its support lines of communication to Social Media for the convenience of its clients. Their twitter support team is quite responsive and offers real-time support, usually escalating your issues […]