There’s one thing we love about two of Zimbabwe’s largest ISPs, YoAfrica and ZOL. It is that they understand the difference between local and international traffic. That local traffic does not cost them much to deliver and can therefore be given away free to customers. Aptics, a relatively new Internet Access Provider understands this too.
The mobile broadband providers we have so far (Econet, Africom and Telecel) all don’t care about the source of the customer’s traffic. International and local mean the same thing to them. PowerTel is different of course because it charges a flat monthly fee for unlimited usage. But there have been issue with their service for a while now.
There’s one more thing Yo, ZOL and Aptics do for their customers that’s praiseworthy; they only charge you for internet usage between 7AM and 7PM, the rest of the day (night rather) is free!
But Yo and ZOL are not licensed IAPs, they can’t just decide to start offering mobile broadband. They need a licensed partner. And as for Aptics, they are licensed but probably need some heavy investment to go into mobile broadband on a large enough scale.
We thought something was in the works early this year when Yo and ZOL announced a strategic partnership. Maybe not.