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24 Jul 2015

Introducing Sponsored Articles. Our editorial responsibility stays intact

You probably noticed that, since last week, on the left sidebar of this website is a new section called Sponsored Articles. This articles are clearly labelled “Sponsored” so that you’re very clear that this is not regular Techzim content. To ensure there’s no confusion, such stories will not appear in our regular news feed which is reserved for our traditional content.

13 Jul 2015

Of CEO high horses, mobile service rip offs and T-Mobile uncarrier events

So I was watching the video of the announcement of Uncarrier 9.0 by T-Mobile in the USA. It may seem irrelevant bcoz it’s across an ocean but stay with me for a second. There’s a great lesson for MNOs and startup entrepreneurs too. After the CEO, John Legere, announces radical new mobile products for businesses, someone in the audience asks a question. […]

17 Jun 2015

“Zimbabwe Soccer Blanket Challenge”. Using crowdfunding to raise money for the national team

You might have heard that Zimbabwe’s national soccer team has its travel expenses paid for by a prophet, time and time again. You might also have heard that the team had to take a punishing 10 hour bus trip to Malawi for a match which, surprisingly, they won. You might even have seen the sorry blanket picture above of […]

4 Jun 2015

We’re thinking too small. The real internet opportunity is not efficiency

For someone in the rural areas, the opportunity brought by the internet, should not be boxed in being more efficient in their agriculture, it should be liberated to studying and specialising in anything they are talented for. They should learn opera and comedy and perform for a global audience from Chivi. They should write code for Heroku if they so wish.

29 May 2015

Powertel introduces CDMA mobile WiFi device by Huawei. Priced at $76

It’s made by Huawei and a staff at the operator says this has so far meant stronger and more reliable signal. Powertel’s selling this at $76 which is way cheaper than prices for the same on the market. Pricing on the actual broadband service doesn’t change – it’s sort of unlimited broadband. Ofcourse, however sort-of-ish the pricing gets, broadband pricing can’t get uglier than we have seen in recent days.

29 May 2015

Econet hires former Rocket Internet CEO to head e-commerce division

TechCabal dedicated an article to tracking where ex-Rocket Nigeria CEOs are now and in the post they reveal that Econet hired James Gibson, the former MD of Hellofood, Rocket’s food delivery startup. He is now heading e-commerce in the group. This, and the EcoShopper launch, show Econet would rather hire and do e-commerce internally than invest in startups.

20 May 2015

Liquid Telecom launches cloud storage & file sharing solution for enterprise in Zimbabwe

Liquid Telecom, launched an enterprise data storage, cloud storage and file sharing service called CrashPlan Africa. If you’re wondering if this isn’t just a Box or Dropbox with an African tag, hear this: This is enterprise first, and IT departments get the premises based cloud option. The closer competition may actually be SharePoint than the purely cloud syncing stuff.

12 May 2015

uMAX company, Dandemutande, in 4th annual consecutive loss

Masawara’s annual results for the year ended December 2014, show that Dandemutande, a subsidiary they own, went through a 4th consecutive loss making year, posting of a loss of US $1.2 million. The loss has however improved from the $2.1 million posted in 2013. Dandemutande is the internet provider behind the uMAX and Utande brands. Dandemutande however managed to increase revenue […]

8 May 2015

Zimbabwean startup, BitFinance, accepted into Savannah Fund accelerator

A Zimbabwean startup called BitFinance that’s building a  Bitcoin exchange in Africa and a Bitcoin ATM just got admitted into Savannah Fund’s 4th accelerator class. The fund is based in Kenya and you probably remember them for being part of a funding round that went into biNu. Savannah Fund says as part of the this class, BitFinance will get […]

6 May 2015

ZOL’s free WiFi is no more. New prepaid prices start at 5GB for $15

So the problem with “free” is that after your customers have enjoyed it for a while, whatever adjustment you make to the price, however cheaper it is than your closest competition, if it’s not free, you’re going to make a lot people unhappy. ZOL will be announcing tomorrow that their free ZOLSpot WiFi is finally coming to an end. […]

6 May 2015

Would Masawara buy Telecel from Vimpelcom?

A new dimension of a possible buyer emerged today following the talks yesterday between Vimpelcom and the ICT minister to find a solution to the Telecel closure. Apparently Masawara may buy Vimpelcom’s  share in Telecel Zimbabwe. A New Zimbabwe article says government plans to “force” Vimpelcom to sell to Masawara. The article doesn’t say if Masawara would actually […]

6 May 2015

Supa: Don’t read too much into Tweet. No Orange player replacing Telecel

So yesterday, the ICT Minister, Supa Mandiwanzira set off a storm speculation with  his “orange” future for Telecel tweet: @cemambo @Techzim @Mathuthu Just finished a very positive mtng with Vimpelcom. It would appear the future of TZ is orange, it’s bright — Supa Mandiwanzira (@SupaCollinsM) May 5, 2015 Could this mean an operator that has an […]

4 May 2015

Net Neutrality pressure forces Facebook to open up internet.org

The net neutrality pressure in the 1.3 billion people market called India is yielding some interesting results. Facebook announced today a loosening up of internet.org to let “anyone” provide zero rated content via the platform. Developers, says Facebook, will be able to create services that integrate with Internet.org. Our first reaction was to doubt Facebook’s sincerity especially as […]

2 May 2015

“We’re shaking up the NetOne management” says ICT Minister Supa Mandiwanzira

“We’re shaking up the management of the company!”. This is what the Zimbabwean minister of ICT, Supa Mandiwanzira, told us yesterday in a phone interview over the restructuring exercise happening at NetOne. “What is NetOne’s performance in comparison to the other operators?” he asked, “Government as a shareholder is very much aware of the performance of the other […]

1 May 2015

One Africa Media close to buying into Zimbabwe’s classifieds company, Webdev

A couple of months ago, we got wind that there was some kind of partnership deal going on between Zimbabwe’s largest classifieds classifieds.co.zw and what is now Africa’s largest classifieds group, One Africa Media. We reached out to Webdev and we were told there wasn’t much of a deal yet. Enough to mean changes in ownership at least. This week however, the guys over […]

1 May 2015

NetOne executives’ jobs on the line as massive restructuring begins

The telecoms industry in Zimbabwe was taken aback this week when suddenly, 24 executive level jobs for a mobile operator were advertised in the press. Starting the very senior position of COO, CTO, CFO down to managerial positions like Head of IT infrastructure. The speculation began; could this be a new company preparing to take Telecel’s place. Why would […]

29 Apr 2015

POTRAZ revokes Telecel Zim licence. Orders shut down within 30 days

News today is that Telecel Zimbabwe, the country’s 3rd largest mobile operator has been ordered to shut down by POTRAZ. The operating license of the company has apparently been revoked, following the disagreements they had with the government over the issue of payment of license fees and indigenisation. We have since confirmed from our sources in […]

27 Apr 2015

Topup.co.zw lets you pay for your internet, airtime & bills via the internet

Buying your internet bundles and airtime on the internet h as been possible for a while now. In theory. You could buy a uMax subscription here and some Africom airtime there, and ZOLspot WiFi there. But everything is on its own website and half the sites are broken half the time. So topup.co.zw is a welcome relief. Everything you […]

15 Apr 2015

An opinion on the “Corporate rot” at Econet Wireless Zimbabwe

Today when I came upon a NewZimbabwe article with the title “The corporate rot Econet is hiding” I thought I had stumbled onto a typical “I hate Econet” piece. There’s enough supply of those on the internet and usually they are just emotional anti-capitalist outbursts that lack any intelligent engagement on the issue – so I’ve stopped reading them. […]

10 Apr 2015

Here’s an opportunity to learn the Arduino at workshops to be held in Harare

If, like me, you’re curious to play with devices like Ardiuno and Raspberry Pi so you can do some DIY robotic stuff during your free – or even make it career – you will love to know that there’s someone offering Arduino workshops right here in Harare. The workshops are provided by Maspaka, an electronics company in Harare that also does those […]

10 Apr 2015

Keen to Understand Kenya more? Here’s a list of Kenyan blogs in various categories

I’m always wondering what publications to follow in countries I’m interested in understanding more about.so when i got this list from a Kenya colleague, I thought it’d be useful to other people out there as well. It’s Kenyan blogs in various categories compiled for Kenya’s blog awards. The thing with awards ofcourse is that depending on the […]

9 Apr 2015

News agency, The Source, fails to get Econet case referred to Con court

The Herald reports that Reuters affiliated online news agency, The Source, this week failed to have their case referred to the Constitutional Court. The referral case was heard by Justice Joseph Musakwa (the same judge that granted an order to have them raided by Econet) and refused to do so on the basis that The Source undermined the authority […]