Is the DSTV annual price increase about to be announced in Zimbabwe?

February 27th, 2015

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Last year, DSTV South Africa announced it’s annual increase in prices to be effected on 1 April, we confirmed that Zimbabwe would follow suit. And they did. South Africa has once again announced an increase. So it goes without saying that chances are high we’ll likely have an increase too north of the Limpopo. By how much ofcourse is […]

Zimbabwe ICT Policy, cyber-crime bill are nowhere in sight

February 26th, 2015

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It’s been 9 years since the Zimbabwean government made a pledge to come up with legislation to curb cyber crime. Of course, there’s no point in holding on to political pledges really. It’s just that it helps give a clear indication of how long we’ve been kicking an issue around. Now that we are in 2015, what […]

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Vimpelcom out and MTN in? Another multinational operator eyes Zim market

February 26th, 2015

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Oh boy, here we go again. Here’s how the story is being told. MTN wants a slice Zimbabwean telecoms and it’s been sniffing around for potential investment opportunities that could lead to it acquiring an interest within our borders. Sound familiar? That’s because we’ve heard it before. A new report in the Financial Gazette has […]

Latest on SIM card hack: NetOne and other MNOs weren’t under surveillance

February 25th, 2015

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Yesterday we talked about the cyber-security attack on Gemalto, the security company and tech contractor that provides SIM cards to the majority of mobile network operators in the world, including local networks like NetOne. Gemalto released a press statement today, sharing the results of its own investigation into the matter. According to the security firm’s […]

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Never mind foreign spy agencies, there is a monster right under your bed

February 25th, 2015

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The latest Snowden revelations about a hack by the NSA and the GCHQ into Gemalto’s computer network reportedly to steal sim-card encryption keys have understandably caused a bit of a global panic. Local mobile telecoms service providers such as NetOne, who are clients of Gemalto, have also likely been affected, and a concern persists whether […]

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Solar Power for dummies part 5: The wires and cables

February 25th, 2015

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This is part 5 in our series focused on solar power as an alternative to ZESA, and a DIY approach to setting it up. We have already looked at the basics, budgeting, the panels and the batteries. The only thing remaining are the wires and you should be able to create a functional solar off-the-grid solar system, […]

Liquid Telecom introduces Zambia to Fibroniks, targets 20,000 connections

February 25th, 2015

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The most visible Fibre to the Home (FTTH) package in Zimbabwe right now has to be ZOL Fibroniks. The Internet Service Provider (ISP) has managed to offer this service to the market because of the extensive fibre roll out being constructed by its parent company, Liquid Telecom. Now neighbouring Zambia is set to receive the same product. Liquid […]

Afrasia Bank, formerly Kingdom, shuts down. Joins several failed local banks

February 24th, 2015

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A report by the Financial Gazette just published says Afrasia Bank, formerly Kingdom Bank, was today placed under liquidation by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe after its shareholders surrendered their banking license. The parent company, Afrasia Bank Limited of Mauritius cannot commit any more money to the Zimbabwean operation and would rather just pull out. We last wrote […]

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Understanding the Facebook Aunt phenomenon

February 24th, 2015

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Back in the days when our grandmothers were little girls and our grandfathers were chasing birds in the bushes, and their fathers abandoned their mothers and answered the siren call of Egoli the city of gold, people used to have family meetings where they would gather and discuss the problems facing the clan and conducted […]

We interview Supa Mandiwanzira on the Telecel licence cancellation

February 24th, 2015

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Yesterday, ICT Minister Supa Mandiwanzira, met at his office with Phillip Chiyangwa, Jane Mutasa, POTRAZ acting DG Kennedy Dewera and others to discuss the recent announcement by the tech minister that Telecel’s licence had been cancelled. We managed to interview the minister after the meeting. In the interview he distanced himself from the shareholding squabbles that have […]

How Zing, a messaging app, plans to grow in Zimbabwe using Caps United

February 23rd, 2015

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So yesterday we wrote about a South Africa messaging startup called Zing. To understand what it is, just think of WhatsApp, but with the other stuff you’ve wished it had, like marketing capabilities for businesses and news inside the app. Last week, they signed a sponsorship deal with one of Zimbabwe’s top Premier Soccer League football clubs, Caps […]

The latest on Telecel’s prospective owners: Who is Native Telecoms?

February 23rd, 2015

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Who owns Telecel right now? What is the government’s stake in the mobile network operator? Will the disposal of part of its ownership mean the cancellation of the telecoms firm’s licence? Those are just some of the questions that are set to be answered in the next 3 weeks. Even though there hasn’t been an […]

This South African IM app just sponsored a Zimbabwean PSL football team

February 22nd, 2015

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Like most of you, the announcement that Zing is sponsoring (or partnering to run a Zimbabwean football club) is the first we’re learning of this messaging app and the startup. But yeah, a report on Soccer24 says a South African messaging startup has is sponsoring one of Zimbabwe’s biggest football clubs, and apparently also helping […]

Zim ICT Minister ‘cancels’ Telecel’s licence. Accuses Vimpelcom of speculation

February 22nd, 2015

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The Telecel shareholding situation, which we last wrote about here when it became clear that the sale to Brainworks was not going to go smooth (Mutasa opposed the selling, won, and James Makamba eventually acknowledged they were not selling) was essentially back to square one of impasse. Well, until the sudden announcement by new ICT Minister, Supa Mandiwanzira, reported […]

Econet ends Free Twitter promo, bundles it instead with Opera Mini Bundles

February 21st, 2015

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We were all expecting some change to the free Twitter from Econet this month, so an announcement regarding the service isn’t surprising. A short while ago, Econet announced (via Twitter, of course) that the Free Twitter promo has come to an end. The freebie has now been incorporated into the Opera Mini Bundles. Free Twitter […]

Emerging Ideas & Telecel collaborating on Pitch Night and startup initiatives

February 20th, 2015

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A lot has changed since Emerging Ideas hosted its first Pitch Night in 2013. Through organic growth and a consistent delivery on its promise to provide entrepreneurs with a platform for honest feedback and building relationships, the monthly event has expanded its audiences. One big change has been the establishment of a relationship between Emerging Ideas and local […]

POTRAZ and RBZ crack whip on operators, move to lower mobile money tariffs

February 20th, 2015

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Like a lot of other Value added services, mobile money services have always had more than one regulator monitoring activities around service delivery and in a lot of respects, protecting the consumer. Now, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) and POTRAZ (Post and Telecoms Regulatory Authority) are out to offer some form of relief to mobile […]