The EcoCash NFC (Near Field Communication) card which was being tested last year has now resurfaced as a product under Steward Bank, the financial institution wholly owned by Econet Zimbabwe.
If you’ve traveled around Africa, you’ve likely already come across a Tecno phone. They sell tens of millions of phones on the continent. Now they are entering Zimbabwe!
Mukuru, announced this week the launch of Storecard in partnership with Zimbabwean retailers Halsteds and Electrosales. Essentially, the recipient of the transfer will be able to ‘redeem’ products equal to the transfer value from these participating retailers. Mukuru says that they (and these retailers) are making the overall cost of the transaction cheaper by levying only 5% of the transfer. Regular […]
According to Angeline Vere, the CEO of Telecel, the operator has been piloting LTE in parts of Zimbabwe and will be activating it in the first part of 2016. However, she pointed out that the service isn’t immediately relevant in Zimbabwe because of a limited smartphone penetration.
Remember the Econet Experience Expos Econet hosted somewhat irregularly since about 2010? It looks like they will have something similar this year, except this is being called simply the Econet Expo. The 3 day expo will be held next week from 12 October to 14 at the HICC in Harare. Themed “Beyond the Phone”, a press release we just […]
A member of our WhatsApp groups just sent this out. Apparently the army is looking for techies to join their technology specialists, so if you have the qualifications, and getting a job is your thing you’d consider… here it is below. And no, please don’t ask us any questions about how to apply and so forth, […]
School Sports Network (SSN), the news platform that focuses on local schools sports has launched a mobile app top complement its news service.
Econet has just reported that it has retrenched 100 employees in efforts to streamline operations in an environment where revenues have fallen.
Here are 5 things you should consider before buying a laptop in Zimbabwe.
POTRAZ, the local telecoms regulator is on a Quality of Service campaign and is taking in suggestions from everyone on what they should focus on. Here are 4 issues that POTRAZ should aim to fix with this QoS drive.
Now, to round off 2015, Muzinda Hub is launching its inaugural business plan competition targeted at African tech entrepreneurs with a business idea that rests on a web or app-based solution.
Here’s a look at why Zimbabwean business icon and telecoms magnate Strive Masiyiwa’s detailed story of fighting corruption in Africa is important.
In this review, we look at of the Samsung Galaxy A5, the mid-range device that has a lot of top of the range appeal despite its fairly priced mid range device origins.
This is an introduction into the world of encryption which touches on the basics of the subject. The topic is becoming increasingly relevant in a world where a lot of our data is shared on cloud networks.
Facebook announced yesterday that it will deliver satellite broadband internet to Africans via satellite starting next year. This will be made possible through a partnership with a European satellite operator called Eutelsat as part of the internet.org initiative.
When we have written about TelOne’s Wi-Fi deal with Innscor, in recent weeks, ZOL leadership has made a point to make it clear to us that they actually have an exclusive Wi-Fi deal with Innscor and that it’s been in place for a while now. An article in the Herald today suggests ZOL via its parent company, Liquid Telecom […]
Here’s how BitFinance, an African Bitcoin startup is using Trello, a productivity tool, to get tasks done.
Econet has ramped up the promotion of its LTE service with free data for users that sign up to test it.
Earlier this week it was reported that Kenyans will now be able to open Central Bank depository accounts from their phones using their mobile money accounts without visiting a bank or broker, and proceed to buy government paper. Can this be adopted in Zimbabwe as well?
In the meantime, just take my advice, go buy yourself a generator or a solar system because even if the rain comes this problem is only going to get worse.
The Econet Dream Bundles have been terminated after the promotion that brought them to the network came to an end.
The Zimswitch fees increase is retrogressive to the slow but positive plastic money uptake in Zimbabwe in that it will deter customers from using ATMs and POS if they cannot locate one from their own bank.
Local internet provider ZOL has made its WiFi hotspots free again, with some Ts and Cs of course. However, this shows how the model for WiFi rollout can be tinkered with. In this episode, we discuss the opportunities in WiFi for ZOL and other operators. We also look at the hotly debated solar geysers issue, […]
For people plugged into local financial services, one of the highlights of 2015 was the migration of the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange to an Automated Trading System. This migration was supposed to introduce modern trading practices for the local exchange while opening up the local bourse to the benefits that other global exchanges have benefitted from […]
According to Telecel, it has increased the number of its kiosks from 75 to 200 and it now has 12 franchise stores acorss the country. This is part of the operator’s strategy to develop a stronger brand presence in the market which will hopefully draw in lost subscribers.
Here’s a run through some awesome download managers to use in Ubuntu that ought to give you options, epecially if you are picky about command line software.
Is the latest drive for e-banking from Ecobank adequate for a 2015 Zimbabwe which is a proudly informal economy? It would seem that the glaring omission from Ecobank’s strategy is an aggressive adoption of indigenous retail banking alternatives.
After what most have considers as a lifetime of regret, Liquid telecom has started installing fibre in some suburbs in the city of Bulawayo. If other internet providers see business value there, could this be the start of the transformation of the city into a startup capital?
State-owned Mobile Operator, NetOne has taken the lead in LTE rollout with 45 base stations active throughout Zimbabwe and another 15 set for activation in the short term. What is the operator’s strategy and will it be any better than what Econet has tried?
The move by the government to start banning the use of geysers has been roundly criticised as a defensive strategy to solve a problem that needs something more proactive. However, there are some benefits that it could bring that people should consider.