Mahindra Comviva, a company providing mobile solution to operators mostly in emerging markets, announced today that they have extended a partnership with a Canadian company called Vantrix, which offers video optimisation and delivery for telecoms operators called. The partnership, the announcement says, entails the integration of the two companies’ solutions for the optimisation of mobile broadband video traffic.
When Econet announced launched 4G LTE service last week, they declined to say how much the 4G dongle would cost. They haven’t finalised that they said. So for now we can only speculate based on what we see on the ground plus ofcourse the good old rumour machine.
According to research ICT Africa’s new portal for mobile tariffs, Zimbabwe’s mobile voice tariffs are currently among the most expensive on the continent. Comparisons on the site are based on tariffs charged by either dominant operators, non-dominant operators or all operators. The comparison based on dominant operators (e.g. Econet Zimbabwe, MTN South Africa, Mascom Botswana), [...]
Facebook and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg have launched a new project dubbed internet.org in a bid to bring internet access to the “next five billion people.” According to the United States Census Bureau, there are about 7.106 people in the world.
Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has marked the joint hosting by Zimbabwe and Zambia of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) general assembly by launching one of Africa’s first Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks. The LTE will be launched in the resort town of Victoria Falls, where the assembly will be held from August 24 to 29.
We are coming from an event hosted by Econet Wireless where they launched 4G LTE in Zimbabwe. Econet’s fairly new Chief Commercial and Customer Services Officer, Stan Henning presented the new offering. He announced that Econet will start selling 4G dongles immediately after the UNWTO general assembly taking place this weekend. The current 4G network [...]
Barely a month after Telone opened up 22 WI-FI hotspots around Victoria Falls, Telecel is now making its contribution to our world-famous tourism resort ahead of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly. Telecel is spending $100,000 on lighting the Victoria Falls bridge between Zimbabwe and Zambia. It is said that Telecel will [...]
For the past number of years we have been writing about the fall in broadband prices. Most, if not all, of these decreases are precipitated by two things: a fall in equipment and a fall in upstream bandwidth prices. Despite these commendable developments one area has been lagging behind: VSAT internet. VSAT is still prohibitively expensive.
Africom has now taken its Infinite Voice & Data offering to the people of Gweru. In addition the company is launching a new package for all university students called Infinite Student which allows students to buy devices at lower prices. The company’s network is said to already cover over 70% of Gweru and 70% of Kwekwe [...]
As a part of the ongoing issue between Econet Wireless and Telecel Zimbabwe, the following update has just been posted on Econet’s official Facebook page: Econet Wireless wishes to state the following regarding interconnection with Telecel Zimbabwe: Econet Wireless was on 10 July 2013, awarded a renewed 20-year licence following the expiry of the 15-year [...]
Sometimes I wonder if we get the internet. We, the people that have been lucky enough to see the internet. Do we get how big a shift the internet is? Or are we too early into this new era we have to take it in a bit at a time, lest it throws the balance we’ve built around ourselves off?
One clear measure of the progress that the country is making in connecting its population to the rich resource that is the internet, is the physical infrastructure installed at any particular time. Especially the fibre. So we were too glad to know last week that Liquid Telecom is laying 2.7 km of fibre a day in Zimbabwe.
According to reports; there are rumours swirling around Wall Street that Google is currently negotiating with content providers with plans to launch Google TV a content streaming service along the lines of Hulu and Netflix. It seems that unlike the YouTube premium channels, this is a separate brand that has the official sanction from Google and is aimed at providing content along the lines of American TV networks such as ABC Family and The CW networks.
When we attended the Liquid Telecom the MD of the fibre operator, Wellington Makamure said that while Zimbabwe’s telecoms industry is lucrative, its one of the most competitive. Nothing speaks more about that heat of competition than a new price cut by ZOL just weeks after the operator announced unlimited internet on all its packages.
Today we attended an operations update and what was also a “Who are we” update by Liquid Telecom in Zimbabwe. At the event, the Zimbabwe managing director, Wellington Makamure addressed the press, customers and business partners on the strides Liquid has made in Zimbabwe in recent months especially to do with its now 2,700 km fibre network.