Category Archives: Broadband

Here is why Econet “doesn’t want to share”

March 30th, 2015

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In business, sharing isn’t just about caring. There have to be fair benefits for everyone contributing to a communal pot. That’s the long and short version of what Econet has really been saying about Infrastructure Sharing. The Minister of ICT, Supa Mandiwanzira, had strong words for Econet and it turns out the match that started this whole […]

Minister of ICT accuses Econet of extortion, gives MNO an ultimatum

March 30th, 2015

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It seems that playground dynamics are also relevant in the world business. If you force any group of people to share, whoever makes the biggest contribution is bound to complain. So yes, we expected this to happen eventually. Yesterday, Econet Wireless issued a statement that took shots at the proposed infrastructure sharing arrangement that the […]

Forget Netflix, ZBC is launching Web TV

March 26th, 2015

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The digital migration deadline is less than 3 months away and while there are a lot of issues around what that will mean for local content creation and broadcasting, the unanimous agreement is that it is a very positive step that will help local broadcasting to at least catch up with modern trends. One of […]

Supreme Court dismisses Econet legal action: How does that affect us anyway?

March 25th, 2015

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It has been reported that Econet lost its case in court. Back in the nineties that statement meant an assault on freedom of expression, the extension of monopolies in communication and another test of character for the mobile network’s founder, Strive Masiyiwa. Now, it seems an Econet legal fall means something completely different. The thing is, the […]

Conversations on Zim’s Digital Future: Making money from YouTube

March 24th, 2015

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This is one of the discussions from the 2015 Digital Future Conference that was held in Harare Zimbabwe. Speakers were Teju Ajani from YouTube and Nqobizitha Mlilo of the Nafuna TV fame. The topic touched on was the aspect of upscaling digital content and the impact that the internet has had on the distribution of […]

WhatsApp, Facebook & the streets: the new markets for Zim content creators

March 24th, 2015

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Paraffin, Mukadota, Gringo, Mutirowafanza, Neria, More Time, Jit, Yellow Card, Flame. Seemingly random names, but all these titles register some significance with Zimbos that lived in a bygone era. It’s just a handful of productions that represent the great local content that we used to consume from the good old TV. Then technology started changing things like it […]

NetOne and its imaginary Instagram Bundles

March 23rd, 2015

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It’s been a little over a week since NetOne introduced its own WhatsApp and Facebook Bundles. something that everyone expected would happen eventually anyway. Now the pressure to make an impressive late entrance has seen the mobile network adopt strategies to make its own services stand out from the competition. This is what explains the […]

Digital Future Conference in pictures

March 21st, 2015

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The highlight of the Zimbabwean digital media calendar was the Digital Future Conference which took place earlier this week. A lot of what happened at the two-day meeting has been shared through video, social media and articles. You can still watch some of the discussions and presentations by following the links in this article. Here […]

Can’t make it to Digital Future? Here’s how to follow on the action

March 17th, 2015

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The Digital Future Conference starts today at 8:30 am. Not everyone will be able to make it to the venue in Harare. Fortunately, there will be a live stream for the day’s main proceedings. OIther than the live crossovers on ZiFM Stereo you can also follow Digital Future on social media. Our Twitter hashtag is #MyDigitalFuture […]

Zim’s digital minds gather in Harare as Digital Future Conference starts

March 17th, 2015

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After months and months of build up, Zimbabwe’s largest conference on digital media and broadcasting is finally here. Digital Future, a two-day indaba aimed at exploring the opportunities that lie in online and electronic media kicks off today at 8am at Sango Conference Centre, Cresta Lodge Harare. It has been touted as Zimbabwe’s largest gathering of […]

From WhatsApp bundles to LTE: NetOne goes all out on data services

March 16th, 2015

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Finally, NetOne has stepped up to the plate, and not a moment too soon actually. The mobile network operator launched its own Over The Top (OTT) service bundles, or more specifically WhatsApp and Facebook bundles. The modus operandi is the same: Give subscribers unlimited access to the most visible applications or services and have them pay […]

Health Authority advises public against Econet Dial a Doc

March 15th, 2015

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A week ago the Health Professions Authority of Zimbabwe (HPAZ) was reportedly concerned about the legal status of the Econet Dial a Doc service which the Authority felt had been launched illegally. Now, HPAZ has taken the issue one step further by issuing a notice in the media advising the public against telephone health consultation […]

WhatsApp calls not working on 3G, EDGE connections in Zimbabwe

March 13th, 2015

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So, since yesterday, we’ve been calling friends using the new WhatsApp calling feature. What we were curious to test is ofcourse if the WhatsApp Calls feature is the big disruptor to the mobile operators that it’s been hyped to be. That WhatsApp Calls are some special we don’t have already in the form of Facebook Messenger, Viber, […]

Zimbabwe’s ICT Policy under final review as eTech Africa enters day 2

March 13th, 2015

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Today is the second and final day of eTech Africa, the conference and expo organised by Zimbabwe’s Ministry of ICT. Yesterday there were different presentations made by different stakeholders with an interest in the state of ICT in Zimbabwe. The proceedings for today will be centred on the final review and recommendations for the new National […]

Government charts path towards new ICT Policy at eTech Africa

March 12th, 2015

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We have just witnessed a round up of proceedings at the first day of eTech Africa Conference and Expo, the annual indaba organised by the Ministry of ICT with the aim of showcasing the current state of ICT in Zimbabwe and what it is meant to focus on. While every year there is an exchange of […]

It’s politics as usual but what happens next to Telecel?

March 12th, 2015

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“Government Orders Telecel to Stop Operating.” That headline from the national broadcaster ought to have kicked off interesting conversations at dinner. I wouldn’t be so quick to take it any further than that though. From what has been unfolding in this playground fight for Telecel Zimbabwe, a pattern of misinformation and sensationalism has formed. Which, […]

Podcast: #MWC15, Virtual Reality, MTN, 5G, EcoSure signups, DStv & Orange

March 6th, 2015

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In this week’s edition of the podcast, we discuss the highlights from the Mobile World Congress that took place in Spain in the past few days. This included a discussion on virtual reality, 5G and Orange’s low-cost smartphone for Africa. We also touched on the MTN results, EcoSure and its strategy to involuntarily sign up EcoCash subscribers, […]

Kenyan mobile operator Safaricom to try its hand at broadcasting

March 6th, 2015

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According to an article carried by IT News Africa today, Kenyan mobile network operator, Safaricom has applied for a digital broadcasting licence. This move comes as the MNO is setting out to harness the opportunities that have come from the digital migration which was carried out in Kenya. This is the same analogue to digital migration […]

Another MTN venture in Zimbabwe as Carmudi heads this way

March 4th, 2015

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Rocket Internet is in the neighbourhood again. This time the small business incubator/”clone factory”/startup collective has plans to introduce the local market to its car classifieds service Carmudi. It’s been a year since we mentioned Carmudi here. the last time it was when Rocket internet was rolling it out in Ghana, having established a presence […]

Plagiarism at the centre of clash between old media & new media publishers

March 4th, 2015

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Over the past year or so, stories of blatant plagiarism have become a common piece of conversation in Zimbabwean social media circles. Local bloggers have been victims to what they claim outright theft of their journalistic and creative works, with the mainstream media being the main culprit. Techzim for instance, has discovered volumes of articles […]