Category Archives: Broadband

Econet announces Econet Zero: free access to these 50+ educational websites

March 4th, 2014

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Today, Econet Wireless, announced the launch of a new product called EcoSchool Zero, which extends their existing initiative; EcoSchool. Econet Zero gives all Econet subscribers free access to more than 50 educational websites. Early this year MTN South Africa introduced free access to Wikipedia but Econet has pushed the envelope further and presenting the new product, Econet’s [...]

Please give us uncapped mobile internet

February 27th, 2014

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Shakespeare said: Brevity is the soul of wit and so I will be succinct and get to the point. I find the pricing model employed by Econet, Netone and Telecel for data usage to be particularly expensive (overly-expensive) and in other aspects unfair as it is illogical. Also I cannot understand, for the life of [...]

Powertel introduces 0.50c/day unlimited mobile broadband package for students

February 20th, 2014

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Powertel has introduced a new package or promotion targeting students called the “Scholar Pack”. The new package is offering college and university students unlimited surfing and downloads for just $0.50 per day. Over a thirty day period, this will translate to $15 for unlimited broadband, making it the cheapest broadband deal in Zimbabwe. The prepaid [...]

Review: ZOL Mobile WiMAX Internet

February 13th, 2014

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Editor’s note: This review contribution on the new ZOL mobile WiMAX offering was provided through by Chenjerai Katanda, founder of Schools Sports Network, a website that covers Zimbabwean Schools Sports. Sometime in November of last year I caught wind of the news that ZOL was now offering Mobile WiMAX Dongles. Due to the nature of [...]

Mobile & Internet stats: Subscriber ceiling reached, data new area of growth

February 12th, 2014

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For the first time, mobile penetration has exceeded 100% mainly driven by subscriber growth from Econet Wireless and Netone. The country’s second largest operator was apparently at receiving end of the network wars that characterised 2013 as it not only registered the slowest subscriber growth, but actually lost some subscribers between 2012 and 2013. The [...]

New Africom voice promo: Pay for 3 minutes for an unlimited call

February 6th, 2014

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How would you being charged for just the first 3 minutes of a call and the rest, no matter how long the call, is free. Internet and VoIP operator, Africom, thinks you’ll love the idea, and that you’ll probably start making more calls. Or even better, that you’ll migrate to their network. The company announced [...]

ZOL to launch a dongle based mobile WiMAX broadband service

January 31st, 2014

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Earlier this week, we received a tip in our inbox about a mobile broadband service about to be launched by ZOL, one of Zimbabwe’s largest ISPs. Here: ZOL has just introduced mobile WiMAX in the 2.5Ghz frequency range. Initially this was available via Econet at 2.5c per Mb with a window period of 30 days [...]

Sweet MiFi

January 23rd, 2014

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If I were to make a list of things that I absolutely hate: capped internet connections and paying for my internet on a per megabyte basis would not only make the list but top it as well. I know that there are a lot of people out there who share my malcontent with this sort [...]

MTN launches Zambia’s first LTE network

January 17th, 2014

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One of Zambia’s largest mobile operators, MTN Zambia, announced this week the launch of the country’s first commercial LTE network. The announcement was made by the mobile operator’s Zambia Chief Executive Officer Abdul Ismail. The new faster broadband service will cover Lusaka (the capital), Kitwe, Ndola and Livingstone. Zambia joins 6 other countries in the region that [...]

The new Powertel: Zimbabwe Internet provider rebrands quietly

January 17th, 2014

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If in the past 2 or so months you have interacted with the brand of one of the few profitable government companies in Zimbabwe, Powertel, you probably noticed the company has been rebranding. They chose to do it quietly and gradually. Their logo has changed. Corporate colors have changed too. The company also looks to [...]

Masawara hangs on to iWayAfrica as Telkom SA exits

January 17th, 2014

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In December, Telkom SA announced the offloading of their majority stake in iWayAfrica, citing a need to cut out the negatively performing business from the group. The sale was to Gondwana Communications, a South African telecoms firm. We talked a bit about the possible chances of Gondwana turning around iWay here. The one issue not [...]

Econet Wireless buys back 8.6% Liquid Telecoms stake from Altech

January 12th, 2014

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Remember the deal from january last year that set Liquid Telecom as Africa’s largest terrestrial fibre network operator? As part of the deal, Altech, whose East African infrastructure assets Liquid acquired then, had received an 8.6% stake which they dispose of eventually when the option to do so came. Altech has announced last week that [...]