1 month ago 

State should lead on infrastructure, dangerous for private players to own it: Min. of ICT

Telecoms infrastructure is back in the news again. No, it isn’t another loaded press release from an operator. Instead, we have some words from the Minister of ICT, Honourable Supa Mandiwanzira. We managed to ask him a couple of questions regarding his views on infrastructure rollout at a national level as well as its distribution, […]

1 month ago 

TelOne to launch new identity, citywide WiFi and Fibre packages tomorrow

Any 2015 conversation around ADSL technology always has the same undertone. A lot of people, learned or otherwise, think the tech belongs to the 1980s.  To be honest, in the face of rapidly changing communications standards and delivery options it’s hard to bring up colonial copper cabling solutions which just don’t sound sexy. This is […]

2 months ago 

Nigerian High Court stops MultiChoice from raising DStv subscription fees

Here’s something that ought to warm the hearts of everyone who looks at MultiChoice and thinks Monopoly. News coming out of Nigeria (sorry, its not Zimbabwe) is that a Justice in a federal High Court granted an order of interim injunction restraining MultiChoice from enforcing its increase on DStv bouquet prices that was supposed to take […]

2 months ago 

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

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 […]

2 months ago 

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

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 thing we don’t have already in the form of Facebook Messenger, […]

2 months ago 

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

“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, […]

3 months ago 

Econet Dial a Doc under scrutiny. How genuine are the regulator’s “concerns”?

It’s been less than a month since the official launch of Dial a Doc, the medical value-added service from mobile operator Econet which offers consultations over the phone. The service, which was introduced as a partnership between Econet Health Advisory Services and Ponai Medical Centre, and received mixed reviews (see the comments here), has now […]

3 months ago 

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

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, […]

3 months ago 

Another MTN venture in Zimbabwe as Carmudi heads this way

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 […]

3 months ago 

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

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 […]

3 months ago 

MTN releases 2014 annual results: US $12.8 billion revenue. Growth slows down

MTN has just started announcing their 2014 annual financial results. The company continued to perform well last year, after a good half year. Total revenue for the year was R146.2 billion up 6.4% from the previous year. Based on today’s exchange rate, that’s US $12.8 billion revenue for the year. The group’s total subscribers across the 21 […]

3 months ago 

The battle for Telecel continues: bid to block sale fails

The tussle for the ownership of mobile operator, Telecel rages on. According to a report in the Daily News, a court ruling on the upcoming sale of shares was passed yesterday. Jane Mutasa, a shareholder of Empowerment Corporation which owns a 40% in Telecel Zimbabwe, along with Selpon Investments (Mtasa’s investment vehicle) and Magamba eChimurenga, submitted […]