Category Archives: Broadband

Econet set to compete on product value, not lower tariffs

August 5th, 2014

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Last week Econet Wireless held its annual general meeting which gave the company’s management an opportunity to address shareholders on issues related to revenue, profitability and the outlook for the next financial year. It has been reported that the network operator’s Chief Executive, Douglas Mboweni highlighted that they would not engage in all out tariff [...]

In rejoicing for Zero rated content, Facebook & WhatsApp bundles, let’s worry about net neutrality

August 1st, 2014

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Locally, perceiving zero rated content packages, Facebook specific and WhatsApp specific bundled internet as anything less than positive feels like looking a gift horse in the mouth. It’s like pouring cold water over something that should be celebrated. But let’s have the net neutrality conversation for a minute. These zero rated websites and app specific bundles create an internet that is uneven. Right now, in [...]

Facebook announces free data access in Zambia with Internet.org

July 31st, 2014

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Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerburg has just announced that Facebook is launching the Internet.org application in Zambia. This app allows free data access to basic internet services. Zambia is the first country which will benefit from this project and its large set of free internet services with other countries in other parts of the [...]

Lots of homework for new directors at NetOne, TelOne and Zimpost

July 29th, 2014

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A few days ago the Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Services, Webster Shamu, announced the new directors for local postal agency Zimpost and the two state owned telecoms outfits Netone and TelOne. The appointments are effective from 1 August 2014. The NetOne board chairman is Mr Alex Marufu and the vice chairman is Mr [...]

Liquid Telecom increasing VSAT capacity

July 22nd, 2014

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With all the fibre trenching Liquid Telecom does in Africa, it’s easy to assume the company’s products are all around fibre. You couldn’t be further from reality. Even though the city and highway trenching is what is easy to see, Liquid is still very active on the satellite front. For obvious reasons really; fibre is nowhere near reaching every corner of the [...]

Telecel #TellSomeone, imitation is the greatest form of flattery

July 22nd, 2014

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It all started with Telecel’s successful rebranding exercise in February 2012. The network operator managed to craft a tagline, “Go Ahead, TellSomeone”, that effectively combined their brand name with a viral marketing concept to their user experience that every user had to “tell someone” about. NetOne, in what seemed like a quest to create steam [...]

POTRAZ Q1 Report shows significant mobile traffic decline

July 16th, 2014

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There are more people signing up for mobile connections but fewer calls are being made by these same subscribers. This fact has been expressed POTRAZ’s Sector Performance Report for the first quarter of 2014. The report has provided a snapshot perspective on the state of telecoms in Zimbabwe, with a notable decline in mobile traffic [...]

Local mobile voice call tariffs tumble

July 15th, 2014

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Let’s all take a minute to celebrate the sweet spot mobile subscribers are in right now. As the battle for voice call revenue among network subscribers rages on, each network has launched promotions aimed at building loyalty and ensuring that subscribers do more than just “WhatsApp” and “Facebook” on their devices. For local network operators, [...]

My complicated relationship with my network provider

July 14th, 2014

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My relationship with my network provider, Econet Wireless is rather complicated. Why complicated? Well there’s so much to be happy about when it comes to being an Econet subscriber. Then there’s the litany of frustrating practices that warrant dismissing the Econet service and using another provider altogether. All this leaves one with conflicted choices about [...]

TelOne reduces ADSL prices and adjusts data caps

July 13th, 2014

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State telecoms subsidiary TelOne recently reduced its ADSL prices and adjusted the data packages to offer a more appealing suite of internet services. Effective from the 8th of July 2014 the basic package with a 10 GB data cap now goes for $25 down from $31. The second package, called Silver, has been reduced to [...]

POTRAZ not enforcing VSAT landing rights fees as it considers review

July 11th, 2014

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Speaking on the sidelines of the African Telecommunications Union conference here in Harare yesterday, the POTRAZ acting director general, Alfred Marisa, said that most that internet providers have not been made to pay the new VSAT landing rights fees. POTRAZ, he said, is considering reviewing the regulatory fees yet again as it seems it the new fees have had the unintended effect of [...]

ADSL prices reduced by half for all SMEs?

July 7th, 2014

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An amazing and unbelievable deal if I ever heard one myself! – ADSL at half-price for all small and medium scale enterprises in Zimbabwe giving a boost to the vital business subset that’s promoting national economic growth (smiles from startups and ZIMASSET evangelists!). Sadly nothing like this “special offer” or anything close to it has [...]

Econet Bundles of Joy : A bigger and better offer…for whom?

June 26th, 2014

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Econet Wireless recently introduced a new suite of bundles that offer voice and data at a discounted rates. The product, called Bundles of Joy, also has unlimited local SMSes for the $5, $10 and $20 bundle sizes. At face value this a great deal. For the $5 bundle that has all the services (voice, data [...]

Econet & Telecel say they do not throttle bandwidth for WhatsApp bundles

June 23rd, 2014

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If you are an Econet or Telecel subscriber let’s take a minute to celebrate WhatsApp bundles. Discounted access to the platform has meant sending and receiving images, audio clips and videos; something to smile about. I love the ability to watch,listen and send every video or amusing audio clip without having to worry about mobile [...]

Hooray for Telecel’s WhatsApp bundles! Now comes Facebook & Twitter?

June 23rd, 2014

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A few days ago Telecel launched its own WhatsApp bundles, offering discounted access to the hugely successful IM and social media platform.  This move was what we had all been expecting for some time now, considering how their competition, Econet, has been using the same product to boost subscriber value. Telecel’s WhatsApp play deserves applause [...]

The question of Zimbabwe’s VSAT landing rights fees and TelOne’s new service

June 17th, 2014

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During the Broadband Forum which Techzim hosted two weeks ago, it emerged that TelOne’s new VSAT service, the low cost Ka-Band they launch last month, may be in violation of new license fees stipulated by the government last year when license fees for telecoms services were revised. In Statutory Instrument 115 of 2013, which came into effect on 10 July [...]

Cloud Computing in Africa #ZimBroadband presentation

June 13th, 2014

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Below is the presentation made by SEACOM Senior Account Manager, Tonderai Sibanda, at the Broadband Forum 2014 conference in Harare. Titled “Cloud Computing in Africa: separating myth from reality.” his talk centered on the actual possibilities and limitations of cloud computing on the continent.

TelOne announces Ka-Band VSAT pricing. $670 setup and $51 monthly subs

June 12th, 2014

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A little over a month ago when we wrote about TelOne’s new Ka-Band VSAT internet service, the company said it hadn’t yet finalised the pricing. Today, at a breakfast meeting held in Harare, TelOne released the pricing of the service. Equipment and installation price is $670 which is very low when compared to other VSAT options, even those [...]

Broadband Forum 2014 take home #ZimBroadband

June 10th, 2014

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I just thought I’d share a few notes that appealed to me from the second annual Broadband Forum held last week in Harare by Techzim. Appreciating this forum one has to understand the mix of attendees and panelists from whom some very serious lessons were learnt, positions explained and a general direction assumed in the future [...]

Broadband Forum 2014 – Video Highlights from the morning session

June 6th, 2014

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The 2014 Broadband Forum is in full swing and the morning session was filled with the a lot of thought and idea exchange. A wealth of knowledge was shared on IT and broadband regulation, broadband infrastructure and the opportunities available for local stakeholders. We have video highlights from the presentations made.

Tel•One sponsors second edition of the Zimbabwe Broadband Forum

June 5th, 2014

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Tel•One will this year be sponsoring the second edition of the Zimbabwe Broadband Forum which begins tomorrow (Friday, 6 June) at the Sango Conference Centre, Cresta Lodge, Harare. The country’s largest fixed line provider has chosen to be a Platinum Sponsor at this year’s Forum where the agenda will be focused on “Unpacking the Broadband [...]

POTRAZ presents results for proposed pricing model

June 5th, 2014

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Today the local telecoms regulatory authority POTRAZ held a meeting to announce the results of research conducted to determine the implementation of a new pricing model for local telecommunications services. The process to look into a new pricing model has been ongoing since 2012 with the report presented today offering hypothetical tariffs for the 5 [...]

ZOL does away with its $29 package

June 4th, 2014

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Recently local internet service provider ZOL did away with its $29 uncapped internet entry package with the $59 package now being the cheapest broadband option that they offer. The $59 package offers speeds of up to 1 Mbps with unlimited data access. The $29 offering was available on the dongle based mobile WiMAX broadband service [...]

Embrace the internet – Information is now a competitive asset

June 4th, 2014

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In my opinion, the 2014 Broadband Forum is a must-go-to event for both established companies and start-ups which are entertaining any serious dreams of attaining sustainable growth and market share in the internet driven environment. Why am I making this bold statement? This is simply because business processes, from productivity, management to marketing have all [...]

Econet slashes international tariffs. Fails to compete with its own App bundles

June 1st, 2014

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Over the last several days, Econet announced through its website a promotion reduction of international tariff rates by up to (emphasis ours) 25% for countries in the region and to 20 cents a minute for calls to the UK, the US, China and Canada. Before this, the last reduction was in February last year. This latest round goes lower. Ads published [...]

Zimbabwe’s average local broadband speed reaches new high

May 29th, 2014

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Zimbabwe’s average local broadband speed has reached a new high of 6.5 Mbps in the month of May according to NetIndex. Before now, the highest average ever reached was 5.8Mbps. Local broadband speed, loosely explained, is the rate at which one can access internet content from a locally hosted website or app. This new internet speed ranks Zimbabwe among the countries with the [...]