We have 3.9G technology, says Spiritage Communications

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Spiritage at CSZ function

Left to Right: Parkvoo Mutendera, Kangai Maukazuva and CSZ President, Atwell Mukusha

Speaking at a Computer Society of Zimbabwe function yesterday, Spiritage Communications Managing Director Mr. Kangai Maukazuva disclosed the company has deployed a 3.9G network. Maukazuva was presenting the topic “Communication technologies for the future” to a huge group of information technology professionals. The presentation centered on the evolution in telecommunications to next generation networks (NGNs).

According to the Spiritage executives at the function, the company has deployed a TD-SCDMA network. TD-SCDMA is a 3G standard technology whose development has mainly been pushed by the Chinese government as an alternative to 3G technologies developed by Western countries. Spiritage is sourcing its network equipment from Chinese suppliers of the technology.

The function last night was also attended by Spiritage Group CEO Mr. Zachary Wazara as well as Mr. Parkvoo Mutendera, the group Chief Commercial Officer.

Spiritage, as you may know, launched voice and data services last month. The company is currently pushing three devices that were on display last night; an indoor Internet access device (that connects to the Spiritage network wirelessly and can provide Wi-Fi to 20 concurrent users), a desk phone (that can do SMS, voice, and internet) and a push-to-talk device (that can be used as an internet modem, provides SMS and conventional voice). The packaging boxes of two of those devices are in the picture below.

The price of the Wi-Fi device is about $250. For home users we imagine this is a good deal. If you’re trying to avoid the high fixed WiMax equipment cost and TelOne is telling you they have no more ADSL capacity, you should find out more about the product. The price of the service per megabyte is quite attractive too at US $0.068.

Though these devices are available right now, there’s literally no information about the products on the internet, the one place you’d expect an internet company to be heavily present. It’s therefore very hard to get information save for calling Spiritage or physically visiting their offices, if you’re lucky enough to know where they are. The Brodacom website shown on the boxes (www.brodacom.co.zw) loads some default Apache page which no one bothered to replace with the company’s proper branding. And as for the website that Spiritage briefly brought online last month (www.brodacom.com) there’s still the unbranded “website coming soon!” sign.

The current spin on the lack of internet presence from Mutendera is that Spiritage deliberately don’t want to have any presence on the internet right now. He says that, even though the company has product boxes with a web address on them, so we don’t understand (read believe) this at all.

While Spiritage has launched voice services, interconnection has only been made with the Econet network right now. In summary, subscribers buying the Brodacom voice service right now cannot call Telecel, NetOne, TelOne and Africom numbers. Africom, an IAP that launched voice services almost 3 months ago, has also had major delays interconnecting with mobile operators. Africom has live interconnection with Telecel only at the moment.

The Spiritage executives explained that interconnection was not a problem at all and that the process is just procedurally a long one. Again, we didn’t find this completely understandable but if the IAPs themselves are not complaining, why should we?

And as for 3.9G, a company tagging the generation of its network is more a marketing effort than an actual on-the-ground performance measurement. In fact the marketing speak of 3G, 4G and so forth is downright abused world over and in our opinion should not drive any decisions on adopting a service.



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32 Comments

  1. Anonymouse77

    At times silence is a sign of people who are not sure or confident about what they are doing , but yet I prefer people like that, they get the benefit of the doubt.

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  2. KuraiMGT

    These guys are playing it dangerous (maybe too harsh) by using non-popular technologies. SA’s Telkom had to sell Multi-Links for $10mill a business they had acquired in Nigeria for $410 in 2007 because of using the wrong technology. It ran on the CDMA backbone – rather than the better known rival, GSM system which benefits from wider availability of handsets. Why not simply go with the GSM (dump or shrewd………….only time will tell.)

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    1. SONET

      You dont understand Kurai, The war btwn the GSM and CDMA camp is over. The true 4G standard,LTE will be backward compatible with both UMTS and CDMA2000. So these guys are looking into the future and also its not easy to get the GSM frequency bands in ZIM.

      By the way TD-SCDMA is in the GSM/UMTS camp not the so called CDMA camp 

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  3. Lion Prince

    ‘The price per Meg is quite attractive at 0.068′ Is it attractive, just comparable to the others or am I missing something?

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  4. Master Blaster

    Price per Megabyte to high…… better  to stick with what you are using…dont have to buy a new dongle and got more reliable coverage. We need some who shifts the game….

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  5. Taku 20

    the cost is reasonable compared to…..surely its reasonable.But guys you hv got to interconnect with telecel and netone as fast as possible.

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  6. Anonymous

    Zimbabwe telecoms space is interasting. There are too many marketing, management, HR and accounting guys who are leading these companies. Most of the successful tech companies in this world are lead by people with a lot of organic experience in technology (steve jobs, bill gates, dabengwa (mtn), etc). I hope they can bring about organic innovation to help utilise the data networks they have invested in. The new technology space is now very interesting because large companies are competing with teenagers in their parents garages in monetising online services. Lets see how they achieve ROI investment with a decrease in the data costs and competion. Technology is just an enabler!

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  7. Anonymous

    WTF is 3.9G?? It doesn’t even mean anything! When did Generations become continuous rather than discrete? ’2.5G’ was a misnomer; but it was supposed to be halfway between 2G & 3G…what is this madness? What’s next – 3.97G? Sometimes I loathe marketing-speak.

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  8. Sikefula

    its all a load of crap!,to be honest!…I don’t care whether it’s 3G,4g or 10G,or that we expect is something reliably functional..stop confusing us with unnecessary jargon,you IT cos….just deliver a good product and it will speak for self,ok?…right now,Econet has talked about 3G,blah blah,what 3G?..its only in Hre and major cities..the rest is ineffective EDGE system…I am dissapointed with Zim Tech companies…all noise but NO or poor delivery,same goes for Africom…a bunch of confusionists!…i rest my case!

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    1. Chimpfu

      Guys, lets be honest, its a lot of capex to deploy 3G all over the country. I think Econet has done a great good deal in deploying 3G in major cities and Edge all over. Its an evolution. Kudhara there was dialup…saka why cry about EDGE ichikupa 100Kbps.

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  9. Anonymouse77

    @innovatorZim You are right on that one.After speaking to some executives from some of these local companies,I sadly feel that they may incur huge
    loses. IT unlike mining where you can lay a claim on apiece of land
    and leave the land idle for a while knowing that when you eventually
    start mining you are guaranteed of profits. Getting an operator
    license is only a part of the puzzle. The Telecoms landscape is so
    fast and dynamic you don’t know where your threat is going to come
    from. Financial muscle alone can not guarantee your dominance. In
    this market you need to be clued in to the emerging trends and you
    also need the ability to influence change. What I see with some of
    these emerging companies is an obsession with the cosmetics of
    telecoms. I hear these guys going on about 3G, 4G , WiMax ….and so
    on. They make more noise than the people who invented the technology.
    The bottom line is just focus on delivering your services and get the
    people who get the work done, we will blow your trumpet for you if we
    are satisfied.

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  10. vince

    current providers still strugglin with 3g
    so why ths crazy 3.9g
    to hell i donn need it
    sittin pretty on zol wimax

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  11. Bestasasa

    i am personally happy with the development happening in zim in ict sector.come on guys do the best you can and give us service.we are tired of monopoly.come on do it we are behind you.

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  12. Upenyugwandi

    the wifi is unique.infact all your services guys are unigue for sure.we had a test of them at the agricultural show and it was xmwiii.well done.just dont follow the tarriffs existing.i like the plug and go.Plug and GO!

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  13. Sarudzo

    guys we need our numbers so that we can start calling out big time at only 10cents not zve 23 cents marara ayo.hapana zviripo apa.dont worry guys siyanai ne avo varikuvhunduka.hahahahahaha.tipei service ti sarudze tega.

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  14. Tinayeg

    Brodacom inenge yakarongeka iyi.we wish all the bestest guys in the business.the market is very open and we are all frustrated by players who came before.just have a good service and client services.be blessed

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  15. Tinotendaf

    BRODACOM- guys you must give us the service.we are ready for the service.some of us we are in vic falls and we need the service.we are tired of fek service.

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  16. Bigi

    thanks Kabweza.You are making the industry getting more and more interesting.I like the way you aticulate things.fair play thats it.usatenwe zvako iwe.big up.Spiritage/Brodacom big up.

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  17. wats_my_name

    I am glad that BrodaCom has upped the stakes in the Telecoms sector. The tariffs are extremely reasonable and the speeds are good!!The branding is off the chain, but I’m not too sure whether people know about ur products, more advertising please.

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  18. Vmukandatsama

    Aika why are people getting irate over other people’s developments (good or bad). Good to have a variety and choices. Let broadacom alone if it does not appeal to you. Good going with the reserved number by the way. means i can maintain my current number and change the head when i cross over.

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  19. Sipho Sibanda

    Well eaiser said than done.But they are heading in the right direction.They must focus on 3 items at the same time , but if they have deep pockets they can get a fair share of the slice that Econet is abusing right now.(i) Network coverage in key centres first.(ii) Reliability.(iii) Expansion Then from here is identifying which products sell fast and easy to support.Dont forget GSM is a tried and tested technology. Also I must lament on their rather very poor distribution channel network.A few pharmacies thats all ? Their website is NOT ready.Support link directing to some local internal IP.Thats pathetic.Talk less do more. Send us one of each of your products and we give do some thorough QA assurance testing.No kicking and hoping no short cuts. wozatel@gmail.com(071) 310 0000

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