Author Archives: L.S.M Kabweza

Huawei and MTN claim successfully testing fastest & most intelligent fibre

August 28th, 2014

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In a press release sent out today by global telecoms giant MTN, them and Huawei claim to have achieved a major milestone in the global telecommunications industry by successfully completing tests of what is “currently the fastest and most intelligent optical network to date in the industry”. Using MTN’s backbone fibre in South Africa, the two companies [...]

TelOne removes ADSL internet speed expectations for home users

August 28th, 2014

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If you are a TelOne ADSL home user you may want to know that TelOne doesn’t want you to associate your internet package with any expected speed anymore. On the company’s website, the home packages are now showing without the download/upload speed indication. Essentially, whatever speed you’re getting, that’s just it. See website screenshot above. On why they are [...]

Twitter Analytics: Now you can know how your tweets perform

August 28th, 2014

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It’s been a while since I was excited about the usefulness of Twitter to businesses this side of the world. They have opened up Twitter Analytics to every Twitter account. Anyone can now check analytics.twitter.com to see which of their tweets performed well and which where ignored. You can see the impressions, the engagement (clicks, replies, retweets etc…) [...]

Dear Telecash… … How about this for improving the cash-ins?

August 27th, 2014

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We have been following your recent entry into the local market and the waves that it has created. Not too sure if we got to tell you this, but well done! Imagine our excitement when we found out earlier this week that you have zero-rated Telecash transfers to registered users, essentially encouraging the usage of mobile money. We’re sure [...]

EcoCash online payments through MasterCard

August 26th, 2014

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Recently Ecocash introduced the EcoCash MasterCard Debit Card that undoubtedly was a game changer, allowing millions of ‘unbanked’ people the opportunity to have the convenience of making payments anywhere and everywhere. Yes, the card works across borders, anywhere in the world they say and then there was the ‘possibility’ of making online payments. I went ahead and got [...]

AfrAsia kills the Kingdom CellCard mobile money transfer service. Replaces it with nothing

August 25th, 2014

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AfrAsia Bank has, through press statements (and we’re guessing communication to account holders as well), announced that they are killing the CellCard service at the end of this month. The service was a hybrid of mobile banking and mobile money launched sometime around 2009. It was evidently not doing that well and the bank had about stopped talking about it. [...]

Ghanaian mobile messaging startup, Saya, acquired by US company

August 20th, 2014

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You probably remember Saya Mobile, as one of the few African founded startups that have made it to TechCrunch Disrupt. Yesterday the Ghanaian startup just added one more unique achievement; they got acquired. By US based company called Kirusa which provides voice messaging and social media mobile apps in emerging markets. The announcement was made by Kirusa on its [...]

Liquid Telecom rolling out public DNS servers in Africa to improve internet speeds

August 19th, 2014

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Liquid Telecom, a source at the company has told us, is implementing an Anycast DNS platform in Africa for hosting of their domain’s DNS, but more importantly for us all, as public DNS servers for internet users across the continent. This, in theory at this moment, as we have not exhaustively tested it, simply means faster internet for people that choose [...]

Is Mobofree really growing strong? Their numbers just don’t make sense

August 18th, 2014

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Today, Mobofree, a social classifieds site based out of Lithuania but big in Africa, sent out a somewhat strange press release whose sole purpose was to announce that the marketplace website has US $526 million worth of items currently for sale and that they expect to reach US $1.5 billion by 2015. Strange because usually a marketplace’s value would [...]

Exclusive: EcoCash CEO, Cuthbert Tembedza, leaving Econet Wireless

August 13th, 2014

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We’ve confirmed via a number of sources that current EcoCash CEO, Cuthbert Tembedza, is leaving Econet Wireless. Tembedza is leaving Econet after about a year & a half and after leading the mobile money company through a period of tremendous success cementing EcoCash’s position as the undisputed leader in mobile money in Zimbabwe. We contacted Tembedza to learn more [...]

Zimbabwean tech entrepreneur Chingonzo, tells Obama sanctions are hurting startups

August 6th, 2014

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In a rare one on one stage interview he held with US president Barack Obama, Zimbabwean technology entrepreneur, Takunda Chingonzo, told Obama that the supposedly target sanctions against some political leaders in Zimbabwe were actually hurting ordinary people. Chingonzo said technology entrepreneurs looking to get technology or funding from US based companies often get hit a brick [...]

Ampion (formerly Startupbus Africa) participants to pitch at AfricaCom

August 5th, 2014

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Remember StartupBus Africa? It’s back but with a new name, Ampion Venture Bus. The bus concept itself, which is about having techies and creatives travel on a bus across a number of countries while they work on new startups, hasn’t changed. But there are key additions to it. First, more buses. 5 of them to cover more regions; Southern Africa, West Africa (2 buses) [...]

Happy Harare video makers on crowdfunding campaign for a new short film

August 5th, 2014

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Remember the refreshing content that was Happy Harare? Well, the makers of that video are working on another project, an 8 minute short film this time, called The Sojourner. The interesting thing about this project is that they have chosen to raise funds via an doing a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. And unlikely choice locally. We haven’t seen much [...]

In rejoicing for Zero rated content, Facebook & WhatsApp bundles, let’s worry about net neutrality

August 1st, 2014

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Locally, perceiving zero rated content packages, Facebook specific and WhatsApp specific bundled internet as anything less than positive feels like looking a gift horse in the mouth. It’s like pouring cold water over something that should be celebrated. But let’s have the net neutrality conversation for a minute. These zero rated websites and app specific bundles create an internet that is uneven. Right now, in [...]

Econet responds tax evasion issue: They paid their agent, but agent didn’t remit

July 25th, 2014

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We’ve just received a statement from Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, responding to the allegations in the media yesterday that they evaded duty taxes since 1998 and are under investigation by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority ZIMRA. Essentially, Econet is saying the article was false and defamatory. But the companies does go on to explain the details of the matter between [...]

Liquid Telecom increasing VSAT capacity

July 22nd, 2014

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With all the fibre trenching Liquid Telecom does in Africa, it’s easy to assume the company’s products are all around fibre. You couldn’t be further from reality. Even though the city and highway trenching is what is easy to see, Liquid is still very active on the satellite front. For obvious reasons really; fibre is nowhere near reaching every corner of the [...]

WeChat and Telegram were supposed to replace WhatsApp. What happened?

July 18th, 2014

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With 100 million users in its bag, a Chinese messaging app called Weixen decided to change its name to WeChat. A globally recognisable English name, an already globally recognisable look and feel, and a globally popular footballer as brand ambassador were going to do it. Not only was WeChat a WhatsApp, it was more. Much much more! Ads went [...]

iWayAfrica Zimbabwe now in the green. New products doing well, says source

July 16th, 2014

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In an article we posted earlier today about Gondwana’s new deal with SevenC Computing to have iWayAfrica Zimbabwe introduce new managed IT services, we indicated that iWayAfrica has had “lacklustre performance in recent years”. This, based on the $55,000 loss they made in 2012. A source close to iWayAfrica Zimbabwe sent us an email to provide more facts and to point us to [...]

Techzim Podcast: Interview with Webdev on the new Paynow internet payments

July 16th, 2014

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A couple of days ago, we interviewed Webdev’s Sales and Operations director, Vusi Ndebele, and technical lead, Mathew Hood on the launch of the company’s new internet payment gateway, Paynow. We discussed how the idea came about, what Paynow can do, e-commerce, where Paynow stands in relation to its competition, both locally and the PayPals [...]

Zimbabwe’s mobile penetration 106% as Econet grows to 9 million subscribers

July 16th, 2014

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A recent Q1 report by Zimbabwe’s telecommunications regulator, POTRAZ, says the country’s mobile penetration rate is now 106%, mowing mostly to the growth of Econet subscribers by about 4%. Econet’s total active mobile subscribers continue to grow and are now 9.07 million. The figure shows Econet has effectively grown it’s market share from about 63% in December, [...]

Webdev: We built the Paynow payments platform because we needed it

July 16th, 2014

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It is said the best startup idea is one which solves a personal pain the founder has. Not only does this mean they are solving a real problem, but usually also means they have the determination to go through what it takes to see the difficult process through to the having a working solution. The Paynow story is no different. [...]

POTRAZ not enforcing VSAT landing rights fees as it considers review

July 11th, 2014

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Speaking on the sidelines of the African Telecommunications Union conference here in Harare yesterday, the POTRAZ acting director general, Alfred Marisa, said that most that internet providers have not been made to pay the new VSAT landing rights fees. POTRAZ, he said, is considering reviewing the regulatory fees yet again as it seems it the new fees have had the unintended effect of [...]