Category Archives: Broadband

About the accuracy and reliability of Zimbabwe’s mobile telecoms stats

January 22nd, 2015

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In Zimbabwe, there’s been a lot of confusion of the the mobile subscriber statistics released regularly by the mobile operators themselves to shareholders, as well as those released by POTRAZ, the regulator of the space. Recently for example, when we wrote that Telecel’s active subscribers were down again for the 3rd consecutive quarter, the company pointed […]

Where are we now with LTE in Zimbabwe?

January 22nd, 2015

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4G/LTE always gets people in telecoms excited, and for good reason. Faster connections and efficient networks are everything. Even though it has been singled out globally as the mobile tech advancement that should come front and centre in a mobile world that will be all about better mobile internet, the uptake of 4G on the local front is […]

Why do “naughty” apps like WhatsApp Plus thrive anyway?

January 21st, 2015

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It’s official: WhatsApp is cracking the whip on unofficial third party services that have been riding on its success to give users of the instant messenger a different experience. Last night several users of WhatsApp Plus, a hugely popular modded version of the IM platform, were served with a 24 hour ban for violating terms […]

The Nokia 215: Will it save Nokia and make Microsoft an African brand?

January 19th, 2015

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If you follow tech, missing out on the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) highlights is a bit of a downer. There are a lot of things that come from each edition that push the envelope in the world of consumables without focusing too intensely on mobile tech. There is a lot to digest especially for an expo that comes so early […]

Podcast: TelOne Broadband, biNu, Telecel subscribers, MoJo & Hellomukoma

January 18th, 2015

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We are back again with the latest Techzim podcast covering all the stories that were topical in the past week. Issues discussed in this podcast include the turnaround that TelOne is experiencing thanks to a focus on internet services, the continued dip in subscribers that Telecel has experienced for the three straight quarters, biNu’s return as a […]

ZIMURA and Econet attempt to kill local music piracy. What’s their silver bullet?

January 16th, 2015

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Another revenue stream for Zimbabwean music can’t hurt, right? That’s what everyone has said over and over again. It’s just that the options that have been working elsewhere aren’t catching on in this market fast enough to disrupt our flourishing illegal music distribution circuit. As part of the fight against piracy ZIMURA (Zimbabwe Music Rights Association) decided to make […]

Saving data on Android devices

January 16th, 2015

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There is a saying doing rounds in the capital when referring to “Gold digging” people: “Anodya mari kunge Android.” The simile, among other things, suggests that Android phones will burn a hole through your pocket which although not strictly speaking true is certainly understandable. Most Android devices come with a host of applications installed by […]

An overview of fibre in Zimbabwe: What can we expect in 2015?

January 14th, 2015

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Let’s take a second to look at what the Zimbabwean broadband internet landscape was like around 2009 and 2010. We didn’t have as many options as we have now for internet access, largely because of the limited infrastructure developments. Home internet packages hadn’t been snapped up by a large part of the population that was […]

Looking for jobs available in Zimbabwe? NetOne has a solution

January 13th, 2015

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If there’s one thing we’ve learnt from mobile network operators looking for additional revenue streams its that you can never get enough VAS services, especially in an environment where there are so many problems that need solutions. Take the problem of massive unemployment and the difficulty that job seekers face in finding an easy to use […]

2015 is all about broadband: How TelOne is positioning itself as an internet company

January 12th, 2015

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An article published today by the Source has qouted TelOne’s managing director, Chipo Mtasa, highlighting an anticipated growth revenue of 4% in 2015 for the fixed telecoms operator. Mtasa referenced the plans TelOne has which are focused on network expansion while improving client services systems and expanding broadband connectivity. There was also mention of expanding […]

NetOne introduces Emergency Airtime. Why is it free?

January 11th, 2015

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Today state-owned mobile network NetOne introduced its own emergency airtime credit facility that extends 50 cents to any prepaid subscriber accessing the service on the *140# shortcode. NetOne has made its own credit facility free, meaning that unlike the Econet and Telecel emergency airtime credit purchases, a subscriber who borrows the airtime won’t have to […]

Here’s why POTRAZ is appealing to Government for new licensing in telecoms

January 9th, 2015

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Sharing infrastructure in the telecommunications industry is a very complicated matter. The Reason boils down mostly to: I invested so much in expanding my infrastructure so that I compete effectively with you. It is economic madness to force me to share my infrastructure. An clear opportunity agreed amoung most operators and even the regulator recently however is that infrastructure […]

The 5 gaffes in the 2014 Zimbabwe technology space

December 30th, 2014

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Before we do the countdown to the new year and start living through those New Year’s resolutions, we’ve decided to take a look at not only the winners and losers, but also the embarrassing moments from the Zimbabwe technology space that we’ll gladly leave behind this year. Here are just five faux pas from 2014. […]

Tips for faster downloads: How I combined two internet connections

December 29th, 2014

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Recently during the holiday season my primary internet connection started acting up. It seems there is a signal problem affecting my upload speed, so it takes an inordinately long time to complete simple tasks such as processing the GET request although the download is a breeze once this obstacle is surmounted with download threads achieving the […]

Government moves to lower money transfer charges and broadband prices

December 17th, 2014

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It looks like we are headed towards cheaper mobile money services and lower broadband prices if the State’s word is anything to go by. According to a report in the Herald. the government has directed the Competition and Tariffs Commission to investigate mobile transfer costs after there were concerns raised about the steep pricing structure. All this […]