Category Archives: Broadband

Powertel’s bundles a bad idea

September 26th, 2014

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  I have been a member of the Powertel mobile family since 2010. My three friends and I were fourth year Accounting students at the University of Zimbabwe. Econet had just scrapped their $25/month unlimited package as they moved from what was perhaps a testing phase into the big leagues. As poor college students we […]

Telecel launches mobile insurance product Telecare

September 25th, 2014

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Telecel ZImbabwe has just announced the introduction of a mobile life insurance product called Telecare. The product, a result of a partnership with Zimnat Lion,  is available to all registered Telecel subscribers and provides funeral, hospital, local and international travel cover. Telecare is available with two plans, the Value Plan and the premium plan. To […]

ZOL Zimbabwe gets new CEO, Denny Marandure

September 24th, 2014

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ZOL Zimbabwe, the Liquid Telecom owned ISP which is one of the largest locally, has just announced the coming in of a new CEO, Denny Marandure. Marandure will take the place of outgoing CEO and founder of the internet company, David Behr, who, we were told by the company will now become chairman of ZOL. The company also said Behr […]

Africom launches package with unlimited access to social media

September 24th, 2014

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Local internet access provider Africom has introduced a new product called the Africom MiChoice Package which gives users unlimited access to common social media and messaging platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype and Viber as well as unlimited access to emails. The package is available with a $5 weekly, $10 fortnightly and a $25 monthly package. […]

Multichoice introduces BoxOffice to Zimbabwe

September 22nd, 2014

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Last week Multichoice announced the introduction of its BoxOffice service to Zimbabwean DStv subscribers. The service allows subscribers with DStv Explora and HD PVR decoders to rent blockbuster movies for 48 hours. This is the first pay-per view service available for the local market, although it has been available in other Multichoice markets like South […]

Networks offer free WhatsApp to subscribers

September 19th, 2014

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Earlier today South Africa’s Cell C announced an offer for free WhatsApp services to all its contract  subscribers and some of its prepaid subscribers. According to a report from My Broadband this promotion is set to last until the festive season and Cell C has stated that this is meant to be the network’s strategy […]

Internet Access Providers ask POTRAZ to review VSAT landing rights fees

September 17th, 2014

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Internet Access Providers this week asked the regulator of the telecoms sector in Zimbabwe, POTRAZ, to zero rate the VSAT landing rights fees in view of the modern possibilities of landing VSAT very cheaper using technologies like KA Band. The current $1,500 annual fees levied by the regulator is making internet access needlessly expensive in remote areas that technology like fibre […]

Telecel re-introduces voice promo in the face of airtime taxes

September 17th, 2014

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Telecel Zimbabwe announced the re-introduction of its Mega Juice promotion. This promo offers prepaid Telecel Go subscribers a 100% bonus for on net calls to whenever they recharge airtime worth $1 or more. The promotion which was kicked off yesterday will run until the the 31st of January next year and according to Telecel its part […]

Econet reacts to taxes?

September 16th, 2014

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Its funny some of the small things that catch a mobile subscriber’s attention. We recently received a tip from an Econet subscriber who noticed that the network has adjusted its voice bundles, this time with a marginal price increase. The voice tariffs for the Econet Bundles are now being advertised in the promo SMS as being […]

NetOne applies for datacasting licence

September 15th, 2014

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According to a notice in the Herald, state-owned mobile network operator Netone has applied for a national datacasting licence from the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe.The datacasting licence is one of ten broadcasting licences offered by the regulator. Datacasting, or the broadcast of data, is a service that delivers information via radio waves in varied forms […]

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 […]