Category Archives: Broadband

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 […]

2014 in review: Highlights in Zimbabwean internet services

December 17th, 2014

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  2014 has been a fairly exciting year in the ISP arena, with some interesting developments from the different providers. We decided to look at some of the highlights in Zimbabwean internet services over the past 12 months. Mobile Broadband The year will probably be remembered for the introduction of OTT services. These were specifically the […]

POTRAZ to develop Zimbabwe’s National Broadband Plan in 2015

December 16th, 2014

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Zimbabwe’s telecoms regulator, POTRAZ, has said that in 2015 it expects to develop a National Broadband Plan with the help of operators and other broadband ecosystem ‘stakeholders’. Responding to our questions, the acting director general, Baxton Sirewu, said today that the national broadband emphasises “the vital role of broadband in underpinning national competitiveness”, and that […]

Infrastructure Sharing: Operators selling to IHS, Helios, Eaton, American Tower Company

December 16th, 2014

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When I decided to prefix the title of this article with “Infrastructure sharing:”, I realised it would make some readers protest that this is technically wrong as it’s not strictly a form of infrastructure sharing. So, Infrastructure as a Service? As correct as it feels it’s also an abuse of something else. But then again, active telecoms infrastructure is now increasingly getting […]

Liquid Telecom now laying fibre in Harare’s high density suburbs

December 5th, 2014

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A few weeks ago, we noticed that Liquid Telecom contractors are now doing two significant things to smile about. First, they are now laying fibre in Zimbabwe high density suburbs. The first one, from what we’ve seen, is Warren Park, a suburb about 8km from the Harare city center. It’s highly populated so there’s more possible […]

Zimbabwe’s changing internet service delivery landscape: a perspective from ZOL

December 1st, 2014

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The landscape around internet service delivery is changing rapidly, something that has resulted in ISPs like ZOL exploring the possibilities of extending services into the provision of entertainment services (IPTV) and VoIP calling, something that has been offered by other IAPs for a while now. The exciting new terrain is obviously IPTV, something that ZOL Zimbabwe […]

60% of the Zimbabwean population connected on mobile: POTRAZ

November 25th, 2014

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Despite having an “over-subscribed” mobile penetration rate of 106%, POTRAZ estimates that only 60% of the Zimbabweans are actually on mobile device or have multiple-active mobile SIM cards (Unique subscriber penetration). This was revealed by a POTRAZ official responding to a question at the recently held Enterprise Office Communication Summit in Harare. The POTRAZ official, […]

Everything you need to know about domain names: Part 4

November 24th, 2014

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This is the fourth in a series of guest articles authored by Isaac Maposa, the co-founder of Web Enchanter, a Zimbabwean startup in the domain registration space. This feature is on domain names. Domain Name Composition Domain names can only be composed of letters A-Z (not case sensitive), numbers 0-9 and the dash or hyphen […]

3 major highlights from the latest Ericsson Mobility Report

November 20th, 2014

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The latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report was recently released, providing analysis of the latest mobile data and predictions on mobility and live networks for the global markets. A lot of the information shared in the report points largely to global trends but the highlights do give an interesting indication of the uptake of […]

#AfricaCom 2014: photos and summary (day 1 and 2)

November 12th, 2014

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I underestimated what it would take to sit and post updates here while also trying to do everything else here at AfricaCom 2014, but here goes my first update. It’s been one enriching experience having a lot of Africa’s tech industry in one place to go through. A few on my mind right now are the VAS companies & platforms, VOD […]

Powertel rebrands yet again with its Re-energised Campaign

November 5th, 2014

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Local Internet Access Provider Powertel has just embarked on a new image campaign with a rebranding exercise that is meant to highlight its focus on innovation in the telecoms industry. This rebranding comes about a year after the adoption of another corporate look that branded Powertel with a blue and yellow colour theme that was […]

AfricaCom Awards 2014 nominees: An inspiration for Zim startups?

November 3rd, 2014

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The 17th edition of the Annual Africa Com conference, the continent’s largest technology gathering is around the corner and with it, the AfricaCom Awards that recognise the continent’s leading tech and telecoms forces. The nominees list (available here) which was released over a week ago, has reaffirmed some operators and tech entities, including those with […]

Another free Twitter promo, what’s the idea behind it though?

October 31st, 2014

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This week Airtel Kenya made the news because of a free Twitter promotion being extended to its subscribers from now until January 2015. Subscribers will have unlimited access to the micro blogging site through web browsers and the official Twitter Android or Windows Phone apps. This is hardly a new gig. Similar free Twitter promos have also been […]

Facebook’s Internet.org makes its way to Tanzania

October 30th, 2014

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A little over a few months ago, the Facebook owned, non-profit organisation, Internet.org debuted a service in Zambia via an app that allowed locals to access a curated list of services on the web for free. Part of the promise included the expansion to other countries across Africa and standing true to their promise, that […]

Gtel launches new phone with contract package from Telecel

October 30th, 2014

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Last night we attended the launch of Gtel’s new flagship phone, called the Gtel A755 SL5.5 or simply the SL5.5. The new device which will be available from the 1st of November 2014 (this Saturday) has a cash price of $490. The event also included the unveiling of a new contract package for buying their device range. […]

iWayAfrica connectivity “challenges” persist

October 29th, 2014

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On Friday the 3rd of October I woke up and for the first time in a while (what is two years) could not go online using my Rocket modem.On every attempt to connect I kept getting stuck with a “PPP link control protocol” was terminated error. At first I thought this problem was from my […]

How to deal with neighbourhood hackers: tips for securing your Wi-Fi

October 28th, 2014

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Recently on a local social media group, I have noticed a trend in the “need” to hack wireless networks in order to steal other people’s PAID FOR internet. Just in case people forgot, this is unethical and illegal. I don’t know what the charges are for hacking in Zimbabwe, so I suggest checking with your […]

Zim smartphone penetration now over 15%, but what exactly is a smartphone?

October 27th, 2014

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Last week Econet released its half year results that carried indicators of the mobile network operator’s performance and placement in telecoms. According to the same report, Zimbabwe now has a smartphone penetration rate that now stands at over 15%. This is an improvement from the 10% that Econet also referenced in its last financial report […]

Econet releases HY results: Revenues increase, earnings decline

October 24th, 2014

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The latest financial results for Econet Wireless for the half year ending August 2014 were released yesterday with an indication of a performance that has benefited significantly from the network’s overlay services. With revenue for the period up by 4.2 % to $392.3 million Econet has been posting a strong performance, despite the tough economic environment […]

No relief for subscribers as Telecel tweaks mobile broadband prices

October 22nd, 2014

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  We have always known Telecel to be the leader in terms of pricing specials for both voice and data so it’s a bit surprising to see that the MNO has adjusted the price of its data bundles with an increase. The new tariff structure (displayed in the table above) offers subscribers lower data for the same […]