Category Archives: Broadband

5 features that could make WhatsApp even better

September 15th, 2014

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Technology is extending our reach in ways that we never thought possible, boundaries be damned. In a way, we’ve grown to understand that talking to the next person no longer involves traveling through distances. It’s just a call, text or WhatsApp away. It’s no doubt WhatsApp is a part of this change. It has won [...]

New tech taxes: are we killing the goose?

September 12th, 2014

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Yesterday we heard of the new taxes on mobile phones and airtime credit introduced by government. It’s hardly surprising that less than flowery opinions have been shared by Zimbabweans who are now faced by the prospect of a significant price increase on devices and already expensive mobile communication services. The fact is the waiver on duty [...]

ZOL introduces $89 fibre package… doubles speeds, but re-introduces capped internet

September 12th, 2014

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So, until now ZOL’s entry price for fibre has been $149 which, if you’re like me, is a wait-for-cheaper price. That price has come. This week, ZOL announced via their social media pages that the entry price now is now $89. ZOL being the preachers of uncapped $89 is an unbelievably great deal for uncapped fibre. But it’s not uncapped. This service is capped at [...]

Interview with saisai: Zim’s DEMO Africa 2014 representatives

September 12th, 2014

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In July this year we announced that a Bulawayo based startup, saisai Wireless, had been selected to be one of 40 African startup teams pitching at this year’s DEMO Africa tech talent showcase. saisai Wireless is working on the provision of free public WiFi access by utilising idle bandwidth from WiFi routers and hotspots with [...]

iWayAfrica’s expensive VSAT vs TelOne’s. Selective application of licensing rules?

September 11th, 2014

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So about two months ago we asked an official from the Postal and Telecoms Regulation Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) about what was apparently the selective application of VSAT licensing regulations. TelOne, a government owned fixed line operator, introduced cheap VSAT in May this year, but it later turned out it was cheap because, unlike the competition, they are [...]

Econet, what exactly are these Terms and Conditions?

September 10th, 2014

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Who cares about terms and conditions? Who reads them anyway? At least Econet seems to think they mean something, well for their Bundles of Joy anyway. Most  consumers have that quick response to Ts and Cs – simply accept everything and get access to the service that you logged in to get anyway. The problem [...]

webnames.co.zw offers online domain registration for $5 a year

September 9th, 2014

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Here’s a service provider that some of you might have come across recently – webnames.co.zw. The company is offering online domain registration with local domains going for $5 a year. This is the same service that startup name.co.zw, has been offering along with a domain checker facility. The two competing services provide a solution to [...]

Is there any good internet service in Bulawayo?

September 6th, 2014

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A few days ago part of the Techzim team was in Bulawayo for the ZOL Startup Challenge Meetup that was held at NUST. While the City of Kings provided a warm reception and an encouraging response from the vibrant tech ecosystem, the quality of internet service we experienced left a lot to be desired. Over [...]

uMAX to offer free internet usage at night, for existing customers

September 6th, 2014

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We just received information from our sources suggesting that uMAX are finally making some changes to their internet package. The ISP, we’re told, will offer some free internet at night between 10Pm and 6AM – the time that everyone’s asleep. This is the first big change the ISP has made to their offering since they shook the [...]

Podcast: Jive Zimbabwe, telecash,TelOne Ts &Cs & Twitter Analytics

September 2nd, 2014

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Here’s this week’s edition of the podcast. We discussed the new online music platform, Jive Zimbabwe and its impact on the fight against piracy. We also touched on Telecel’s new arrangement with Mukuru.com for remittances from South Africa to telecash wallets, the new Twitter Analytics feature and TelOne’s disclaimer on ADSL speeds. Please feel free [...]

Huawei and MTN claim successfully testing fastest & most intelligent fibre

August 28th, 2014

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In a press release sent out today by global telecoms giant MTN, them and Huawei claim to have achieved a major milestone in the global telecommunications industry by successfully completing tests of what is “currently the fastest and most intelligent optical network to date in the industry”. Using MTN’s backbone fibre in South Africa, the two companies [...]

TelOne removes ADSL internet speed expectations for home users

August 28th, 2014

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If you are a TelOne ADSL home user you may want to know that TelOne doesn’t want you to associate your internet package with any expected speed anymore. On the company’s website, the home packages are now showing without the download/upload speed indication. Essentially, whatever speed you’re getting, that’s just it. See website screenshot above. On why they are [...]

Marketing warfare: Telecel and Econet at each other’s throats

August 28th, 2014

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August has been a great month for those of us that love creative fighting in marketing warfare. So Econet went first deriding Telecel for copying a SIM Promo they had started. Clever yes, in making it clear that they had been copied. But then came the response today: We hope it continues… We hope they try to outdo each other more and [...]

City of Harare upgrading to smart city status?

August 27th, 2014

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Here’s something intriguing spotted yesterday in Harare – Some construction work on some traffic lights in the CBD. It looks like there’s the installation of surveillance cameras opposite Town House. Is this phase one of transforming Harare into a smart city? While we haven’t been able to get any information from the City of Harare on [...]

Africom and e-Learning Solutions introduce unlimited internet package

August 27th, 2014

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Africom has partnered with local digital education provider, e-Learning Solutions, in the roll out of e-learning content which includes the mcourser platform that was launched in June this year. Their new package gives Africom broadband subscribers unlimited access to www.minstructor.com, www.mcourser.africa.com and www.fishtree.com for $10 per month. This is meant to ease the data burden [...]

ZOL Startup Challenge format introduction meetup a success

August 22nd, 2014

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It was a night of powerful engagement, insightful talks and network building as Techzim held the ZOL Startup Challenge Harare introductory meet-up yesterday at working space Area 46. The event kicked off the Startup Challenge process as ZOL and Techzim took the opportunity to lay out the new format of the annual techpreneurship showcase. This [...]

Multichoice blocking FTA channels on their new decoders?

August 21st, 2014

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We already know how awesome the Explora decoder is. After all, at every advertising break no matter what channel you are watching there is this dude telling you about the magnificence of the new decoder: DStv Catchup: how you can watch the latest Series episodes and sporting event highlights on demand. How you can watch [...]

Econet’s free Twitter extended by three months

August 20th, 2014

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A month ago mobile network operator Econet Wireless announced a one month only free  Twitter offer for all its broadband subscribers. The great news for #Twimbos who have been enjoying the special is that it has been extended by another 3 months. It’s going to be free tweeting until 20 November 2014. Being part of [...]

Liquid Telecom rolling out public DNS servers in Africa to improve internet speeds

August 19th, 2014

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Liquid Telecom, a source at the company has told us, is implementing an Anycast DNS platform in Africa for hosting of their domain’s DNS, but more importantly for us all, as public DNS servers for internet users across the continent. This, in theory at this moment, as we have not exhaustively tested it, simply means faster internet for people that choose [...]

Sat Space Africa now providing Ka-Band solution for Zimbabwe

August 19th, 2014

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  Sat Space Africa, a regional VSAT and internet services provider is now providing a Ka-band VSAT Internet solution in Zimbabwe. This solution is provided using HYLAS 2 Ka-band satellite to provide high-speed broadband connectivity. According to the official communication from Sat-Space this product is geared at providing a solution to small and medium sized [...]

Accessing US based services from Zimbabwe

August 8th, 2014

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In a previous article we looked at how Amazon was reportedly piloting a library like feature where customers could access books for a fixed monthly charge. We went on to look at other similar services like Oyster Books and Scribd which are currently on the market. All to often most of these services and pilots [...]

Better bundles and more joy from Econet?

August 7th, 2014

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Econet has decided to tweak its Buddie Bundles of Joy product by extending the validity periods for its $2, $5 and $10 bundles. The $2 bundle is now valid for 2 days, the $5 bundle will get you 3 days of service and the $10 bundle is now valid for 4 days. The Bundles of [...]

Econet secures $150 million for expansion

August 6th, 2014

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It has been reported that Econet Wireless Global has secured a $150 million financing facility to enable its expansion program. In an announcement from Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) the institution that arranged the facility Econet will use the facility to expand in mobile banking and solar energy and also to refinance existing debt which has been [...]

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 [...]