Category Archives: Broadband

Some fascinating facts about internet services stats in Zimbabwe

October 8th, 2014

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Yesterday, we posted the the latest Zimbabwe internet subscriptions statistics that POTRAZ, the telecoms regulator in Zimbabwe, released. There are some interesting facts apparent in the subscription trends locally. Here are the ones we picked. Note that these are stats for the quarter ending June 2014. 1.   Dial-up is not dead If you thought dial-up internet was dead, you […]

Check out the video of saisai’s winning pitch at DEMO Africa 2014

October 7th, 2014

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Recently saisai Wireless, a local startup from NUST which is working on the provision of free WiFi service participated at this year’s edition of the DEMO Africa tech startup showcase. saisai won the SWELL Innovation Award beating six other startups nominated from the 40 participants at DEMO Africa in Lagos Nigeria. The Bulawayo based team […]

Zimbabwe’s internet penetration almost 50%. More than 99% of that is mobile

October 7th, 2014

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According to data sent to us by Zimbabwe’s telecoms regulator, POTRAZ, Zimbabwe’s internet penetration is now 47%. The total number of internet subscriptions in the country as at the end of June 2014 was 6.1 million, up from 5.6 million in March this year. The most remarkable but still obvious thing from these stats, as usual, is the number […]

Shared mobile money agents: Does this benefit the ecosystem?

October 6th, 2014

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It’s been reported that the Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) has pushed through an order compelling Safaricom, Kenya’s largest mobile operator, to share its mobile money transfer agents with the other mobile networks. This regulatory intercede in the Kenyan mobile money space is similar to what we noticed earlier this year in the Zimbabwean mobile […]

Understanding Econet’s new unlimited browsing promotion

October 5th, 2014

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There’s something that a lot of Econet broadband subscribers have noticed in the past couple days. Econet has been advertising its latest service that was launched at midnight- An unlimited browsing promotion via the Opera Mini browser. By dialing *143#  subscribers are able to select an option for unlimited browsing for 24 hours which costs 40 […]

Into the Internet of Things (IoT)

October 3rd, 2014

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The phrase “the Internet of Things” or IoT refers to a future where everyday items in your home are connected to the internet and able to interact with us and each other in the online space. Here in Zimbabwe we are used to getting a bit of a raw deal when it comes to support […]

Everything you need to know about Econet’s EcoSchool

October 1st, 2014

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We just attended the official launch of Econet’s EcoSchool that we spoke about yesterday. This time it wasn’t just a pilot launch but the roll out of the service to the whole country. Speaking at the launch the Head of Econet Services, Darlington Mandivenga mentioned that the EcoSchool product and service will be made available […]

Goodbye Powertel, hello…

September 30th, 2014

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So you have read about my niggardly thoughts on Powertel’s bundles. I really hate not knowing what I am going to spend on my internet connection in advance. The good news is that I know exactly how much I am going to spend on my internet next month: $50. After Powertel’s switcharoo I went out […]

Zimbabwean startup saisai winner of the SWELL Award at DEMO Africa

September 26th, 2014

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According to news coming from VC4Africa’s live blog, Zimbabwean startup saisai which was representing the country at this year’s DEMO Africa Startup showcase in Nigeria has been announced as the winner of the SWELL Innovation Award. SWELL is a global innovation partnership and corporate innovation accelerator backed by some notable tech corporations. Through partnerships with talented startups […]

Powertel’s bundles a bad idea

September 26th, 2014

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  I have been a member of the Powertel mobile family since 2010. My three friends and I were fourth year Accounting students at the University of Zimbabwe. Econet had just scrapped their $25/month unlimited package as they moved from what was perhaps a testing phase into the big leagues. As poor college students we […]

Telecel launches mobile insurance product Telecare

September 25th, 2014

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Telecel ZImbabwe has just announced the introduction of a mobile life insurance product called Telecare. The product, a result of a partnership with Zimnat Lion,  is available to all registered Telecel subscribers and provides funeral, hospital, local and international travel cover. Telecare is available with two plans, the Value Plan and the premium plan. To […]

ZOL Zimbabwe gets new CEO, Denny Marandure

September 24th, 2014

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ZOL Zimbabwe, the Liquid Telecom owned ISP which is one of the largest locally, has just announced the coming in of a new CEO, Denny Marandure. Marandure will take the place of outgoing CEO and founder of the internet company, David Behr, who, we were told by the company will now become chairman of ZOL. The company also said Behr […]

Africom launches package with unlimited access to social media

September 24th, 2014

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Local internet access provider Africom has introduced a new product called the Africom MiChoice Package which gives users unlimited access to common social media and messaging platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype and Viber as well as unlimited access to emails. The package is available with a $5 weekly, $10 fortnightly and a $25 monthly package. […]

Multichoice introduces BoxOffice to Zimbabwe

September 22nd, 2014

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Last week Multichoice announced the introduction of its BoxOffice service to Zimbabwean DStv subscribers. The service allows subscribers with DStv Explora and HD PVR decoders to rent blockbuster movies for 48 hours. This is the first pay-per view service available for the local market, although it has been available in other Multichoice markets like South […]

Networks offer free WhatsApp to subscribers

September 19th, 2014

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Earlier today South Africa’s Cell C announced an offer for free WhatsApp services to all its contract  subscribers and some of its prepaid subscribers. According to a report from My Broadband this promotion is set to last until the festive season and Cell C has stated that this is meant to be the network’s strategy […]

Internet Access Providers ask POTRAZ to review VSAT landing rights fees

September 17th, 2014

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Internet Access Providers this week asked the regulator of the telecoms sector in Zimbabwe, POTRAZ, to zero rate the VSAT landing rights fees in view of the modern possibilities of landing VSAT very cheaper using technologies like KA Band. The current $1,500 annual fees levied by the regulator is making internet access needlessly expensive in remote areas that technology like fibre […]

Telecel re-introduces voice promo in the face of airtime taxes

September 17th, 2014

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Telecel Zimbabwe announced the re-introduction of its Mega Juice promotion. This promo offers prepaid Telecel Go subscribers a 100% bonus for on net calls to whenever they recharge airtime worth $1 or more. The promotion which was kicked off yesterday will run until the the 31st of January next year and according to Telecel its part […]

Econet reacts to taxes?

September 16th, 2014

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Its funny some of the small things that catch a mobile subscriber’s attention. We recently received a tip from an Econet subscriber who noticed that the network has adjusted its voice bundles, this time with a marginal price increase. The voice tariffs for the Econet Bundles are now being advertised in the promo SMS as being […]

NetOne applies for datacasting licence

September 15th, 2014

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According to a notice in the Herald, state-owned mobile network operator Netone has applied for a national datacasting licence from the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe.The datacasting licence is one of ten broadcasting licences offered by the regulator. Datacasting, or the broadcast of data, is a service that delivers information via radio waves in varied forms […]

5 features that could make WhatsApp even better

September 15th, 2014

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Technology is extending our reach in ways that we never thought possible, boundaries be damned. In a way, we’ve grown to understand that talking to the next person no longer involves traveling through distances. It’s just a call, text or WhatsApp away. It’s no doubt WhatsApp is a part of this change. It has won […]

New tech taxes: are we killing the goose?

September 12th, 2014

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Yesterday we heard of the new taxes on mobile phones and airtime credit introduced by government. It’s hardly surprising that less than flowery opinions have been shared by Zimbabweans who are now faced by the prospect of a significant price increase on devices and already expensive mobile communication services. The fact is the waiver on duty […]

ZOL introduces $89 fibre package… doubles speeds, but re-introduces capped internet

September 12th, 2014

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So, until now ZOL’s entry price for fibre has been $149 which, if you’re like me, is a wait-for-cheaper price. That price has come. This week, ZOL announced via their social media pages that the entry price now is now $89. ZOL being the preachers of uncapped $89 is an unbelievably great deal for uncapped fibre. But it’s not uncapped. This service is capped at […]

Interview with saisai: Zim’s DEMO Africa 2014 representatives

September 12th, 2014

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In July this year we announced that a Bulawayo based startup, saisai Wireless, had been selected to be one of 40 African startup teams pitching at this year’s DEMO Africa tech talent showcase. saisai Wireless is working on the provision of free public WiFi access by utilising idle bandwidth from WiFi routers and hotspots with […]

iWayAfrica’s expensive VSAT vs TelOne’s. Selective application of licensing rules?

September 11th, 2014

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So about two months ago we asked an official from the Postal and Telecoms Regulation Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) about what was apparently the selective application of VSAT licensing regulations. TelOne, a government owned fixed line operator, introduced cheap VSAT in May this year, but it later turned out it was cheap because, unlike the competition, they are […]

Econet, what exactly are these Terms and Conditions?

September 10th, 2014

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Who cares about terms and conditions? Who reads them anyway? At least Econet seems to think they mean something, well for their Bundles of Joy anyway. Most  consumers have that quick response to Ts and Cs – simply accept everything and get access to the service that you logged in to get anyway. The problem […]

webnames.co.zw offers online domain registration for $5 a year

September 9th, 2014

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Here’s a service provider that some of you might have come across recently – webnames.co.zw. The company is offering online domain registration with local domains going for $5 a year. This is the same service that startup name.co.zw, has been offering along with a domain checker facility. The two competing services provide a solution to […]

Is there any good internet service in Bulawayo?

September 6th, 2014

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A few days ago part of the Techzim team was in Bulawayo for the ZOL Startup Challenge Meetup that was held at NUST. While the City of Kings provided a warm reception and an encouraging response from the vibrant tech ecosystem, the quality of internet service we experienced left a lot to be desired. Over […]

uMAX to offer free internet usage at night, for existing customers

September 6th, 2014

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We just received information from our sources suggesting that uMAX are finally making some changes to their internet package. The ISP, we’re told, will offer some free internet at night between 10Pm and 6AM – the time that everyone’s asleep. This is the first big change the ISP has made to their offering since they shook the […]