Econet has generously adjusted the Dream Data Bundles that were introduced last month. 1 GB of data is now going for $1 and 3GB for $2. The validity period has also been changed to a 10 pm to 8 am window.
At the Broadband Forum, we learnt that POTRAZ will in the near future deploy Quality of Service monitoring equipment to ensure operators adhere to service agreements that ensure acceptable service standards. At the present moment, consumers are at the mercy of operators in the absence of regulations and in the wake of weak consumer protection.
TelOne, one of the more disruptive players this year, recently started a promotion for its WiFi service. The $1-for-100 MB service has been had one major change with an additional 250 MB thrown in for the $1 voucher.
In case you wanted a glimpse of what took place at Broadband Forum 2015, here are some of the moments that were captured.
Now that the internet is available, there is need for startups to understand how the opportunities that come with it can be exploited successfully into profitable businesses. The Broadband Forum will provide a platform for aspiring startups to learn from testimonials of successes like Mark Essien’s Hotels.ng in tourism and Emma Kay bringing bozzi.mobi online.
There’s a pattern that is emerging in all of this – Liquid is striking a balance between the infrastructure and services, defining a clearer role for itself in value addition and not just focusing on fibre optic rollout.
TelOne has increased the speeds of its ADSL packages, offerings downloads of up to 4 Mbps on part of its lineup. This looks like another adjustment to shore in more subscribers in a tough environment and will likely trigger more changes from other operators.
The smartphone penetration rate in Zimbabwe is approximately 15% which actually means that about 85% of all mobile communication in Zimbabwe is largely through dumb phones (mbudzi) and feature phones. These are some humbling statistics in terms of what it actually means for developments in broadband.
In South Africa, the plans for free WiFi have progressed with one province introducing the service on public buses. It doesn’t seem to complicated, and we even have startup trying to offer similar convenience. Can’t we rollout the same sort of project locally?
Recently, Strive Masiyiwa, the founder of Econet Wireless, was interviewed on CNN. He shared some perspectives on African broadband, the opportunity and power of technology and the internet, as well as the 100 km of infrastructure that his company is building every week across Africa.
Zimbabwe is set to introduce its own set of drone regulation before the end of the year. This follows the increased use of this form of technology. We have seen some drone legislation being introduced in South Africa, the question though is whether most or all of it will be adapted to the Zimbabwean environment by our own regulator and lawmakers.
Before we announce any event we now always ask ourselves “Would I be excited about attending this event? Would I feel it’s addressing the things that are important to me? Would I want to me the kind of people that come to such an event?” And we ask other people too? If the answer is no, […]
Mobile and home Internet in the future is going to be accessed mostly through WiFi and IAPs will provide free last mile connectivity, or close to it. WiFi will be available everywhere resulting in the decline of Mobile Data consumption and Voice calls.
Contrary to our believe that there is no game development in Zimbabwe, it is refreshing to note that game developer Saintoon Studios has not only developed several game apps but one of them has achieved Apple store Southern Africa Featured App status. Here is a short profile of Saintoon Studios.
Local Internet Access Provider Powertel has unveiled a new set of internet packages for its Winter Data promotion. These packages range from a $35 for 15 GB service to a $175 unlimited uncapped package that brings back an unlimited internet service to Powertel.
At its recent I/O Conference, Google announced the Google Web Light browser, a still-under-test version of the standard browser that offers faster web experiences for users in markets where there are slow internet connections. It’s being aimed at emerging markets which rely on 2G and 3G connections, and its set for India and Brazil first. Oh, it only works on Chrome and on Android devices.
The highlight of ISP information deficiency to customers is the inability to relay tools that not only satisfy the customer but create loyalty. My continuing experience with one provider, Powertel, brought to light a peculiar shortcoming; You need to have an internet access to recharge you Powertel account.
Liquid Telecom just positioned itself as a more visible player in VoIP services for Enterprises users. Is this just a strategic repositioning with the Liquid group, or a firmer challenge to TelOne?
Africa seems to be awakening from the internet ignorance slumber that has seen some countries connecting to the world wide web with no restrictions. This situation has its pros as advocated for by Internet Freedom activists and its cons as is evident from the demage that can be attributed to social media as an example
Liquid Telecom is set to launch a VoIP service. While this seems like a move into enterprise voice solutions, it doesn’t seem entirely clear how that will play out with its own subsidiary, ZOL Zimbabwe, providing a VoIP service for both enterprise and residential clients.
Powertel reintroduced a lopsided version of their unlimited data promotion. In the continuing series of what these service providers don’t tell you, we explore more of how the data promo is structured and how it caters for the average citizen.
Here is a list of WiFi hotspots in Zimbabwe and the costs involved for each respective service.
The internet cafe is as good as dead, what with all the changes in tech like mobile broadband penetration and the rise of WiFi hotspot provision from the different internet companies. There is a way to make the most of what’s happening for cafe owners though.
It would seem that the dark side of tech in the form of things like porn has had a clear effect on children. Isn’t it time for national law to be drafted to ban pornography or to at least start regulating it in a clearer way? It’s already illegal, but there is no legislation against accessing it. So perhaps, banning access to certain sites would work.
Internet services in Zimbabwe are expensive, and our usual refuge of bundled services are now being adjusted. It feels as though we are being robbed, just to access sites and platforms like Facebook.
Telone advertises its packages as low as $15 a month for the Home Basic package but they do not prompt potential customers about the setup costs.
Joburg is looking to introduce 1,000 free wifi hotspots in the next year. That’s just one example of investment in tech from national authorities in other African countries. Why can’t the City fo Harare and other local authorities view tech as an investment centre as well?
Econet adjusted its social media bundles, but it wasn’t just a play on price. the new bundles packages have data limits. Rather than just yell at the operator, there are other options that you can explore. Here are just three examples, Telecel bundles, NetOne bundles and Africom WiFi.
It’s funny how a loud campaign from a single service provider can bring out a lot of aggression from the competition, especially where the opportunity for added revenue streams is made apparent to everyone concerned. I’m referring to WiFi promotions that are now being pushed by every provider who has them. Ever since TelOne opened […]
Mobile data is expensive and there’s nothing that can be done about it in the short term. Let’s not flood the regulator, POTRAZ, with our complaints. Our best bet is in the shift in economic conditions that might get operators to angle for our money with promos and discounts. But this doesn’t seem to happen […]