Category Archives: Broadband

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 [...]

Exciting presentations lined up for 2014 Broadband Forum

May 28th, 2014

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Its 8 days to go until Zimbabwe’s 2014 Broadband Forum which will be a meeting point for thought leaders and contributors of broadband infrastructure and services as whole. Seven speakers will be making rich presentations covering a diversity of topics that emphasise the current broadband landscape, the opportunities and impact in Zimbabwe and on the continent. The speakers [...]

Techzim to host the Broadband Forum 2014 on the 6th of June

May 22nd, 2014

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We are excited to announce the second edition of the Broadband Forum scheduled for the 6th of June 2014 at Cresta Lodge Harare riding on the theme “Rolling the D.I.C.E. for a connected Future.” The event is focused on creating a platform where the various stakeholders from different facets of broadband technology can identify its [...]

Hey Africa: Good Broadband = Good Business

May 16th, 2014

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Although Africa’s come a long way in the telecoms revolution, it’s collective broadband adoption rate leaves a lot to be desired. Poor access to Broadband is the 21st century equivalent of poor mobility in the 19th Century. Individuals, businesses and whole nations simply cannot afford not to participate in the knowledge economy, As Strive Masiyiwa [...]

WhatsApp accounts for 23% of all internet traffic on Econet’s network

May 13th, 2014

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WhatsApp now constitutes 23% of internet traffic on Econet’s network since the introduction of WhatsApp bundles in February. This is according to a press released published by Econet’s technical partner in the implementation of the app-based bundles, Sandvine. The release says Econet has experienced tremendous success with the WhatsApp bundles thanks to “Sandvine’s Usage Management solution implemented [...]

Liquid Telecom to spend US $200m in fibre rollout in the next 18 months

May 13th, 2014

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Nick Rudnick, the CEO  of Liquid Telecom Group, announced last week that his company intends to spend about US $200 million in fibre cable roll out in sub-Saharan Africa in the next 18 months. According to a report by BDlive, the cable network roll-out will involve extending the fibre network to 3 more countries outside the Southern African region. [...]

Econet to introduce Wi-Fi Hotpots to ease mobile broadband congestion

May 8th, 2014

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Econet will, in the coming weeks (or months, not easy to tell right now) be launching WiFi hotpots in a bid to ease congestion on the regular mobile broadband networks that use GPRS, Edge and 3G. We were tipped to this development by some subscribers to the network who told us they received calls from Econet inviting [...]

TelOne launches cheaper Ka-band VSAT option for outlying areas

May 1st, 2014

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We’ve just learned that TelOne has launched a cheaper VSAT option that uses the Ka-Band satellite technology. This new service will be sold under a new TelOne VSAT brand effectively doing away with SatNet brand which we’re told has been decommissioned. The new Ka-band will see equipment and setup prices come down from about $8,000 (yes C-band apparently is [...]

Facebook VoIP calls on Econet Facebook bundles work but the quality is poor

April 14th, 2014

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Facebook owned WhatsApp is expected to add voice calls to it’s IM offering within this quarter. Customers, especially those on Econet’s WhatsApp bundles are excited about the prospect of making unlimited VoIP calls on WhatsApp for just $3 but if Facebook’s voice call package is anything to go by, then there is nothing exciting about [...]

Will TelOne succeed raising $100 million this time? What has changed?

April 7th, 2014

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Reports in the media in recent days say the government owned fixed line operator, TelOne, is looking to raise $100 million from international investors.  Chipo Mutasa is quoted by Finx: We are busy re-looking at our capital projects in a view to doing another fundraising exercise to the tune of $100mln. Our capital projects will [...]

EcoCashLoans – Game changer? Opportunity or Threat? For who?

April 5th, 2014

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With the launch today of EcoCash Loans, following in quick succession from EcoCashSave accounts, Econet wireless has yet again read from the M-Pesa script to be the dominant financial services provider in Zimbabwe. EcoCash is a bank, with the largest number of customers at 3.5M registered users. Having shaken up the financial services market with [...]

Join the movement: Twitter bundles coming to Econet Broadband subscribers

March 29th, 2014

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Econet Zimbabwe is set to introduce Twitter bundles to Econet broadband subscribers. This emerged after Econet started a campaign on their Twitter account asking followers to retweet if they want Econet Twitter bundles. The Twitter bundles will be a follow up to the highly popular Facebook and Whatsapp bundles the company introduced the in October [...]

NetOne’s broadband expansion to proceed as lawsuit is dropped

March 26th, 2014

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A US$218 million dollar agreement between the Zimbabwean and the Chinese government meant for NetOne’s broadband expansion program is now set to proceed following the withdrawal of a lawsuit that was standing in its way. Zimbabwean businessman Tafadzwa Muguti, who is based in South Africa, filed a lawsuit in November 2013 against the Zimbabwean State [...]

Hola is not a DNS unblocker

March 25th, 2014

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The internet is teeming with DNS unblockers but Hola is a unique service. I stumbled upon the App as I was looking for a user friendly VPN app that I could use on my Linux box without fiddling with my network settings or messing them up.The most obvious difference is that it is free whilst [...]

Can online streaming take on Multichoice’s monopoly?

March 19th, 2014

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When it comes to viewing content the Zimbabwean consumer does not have a lot of options. With the closure of options like 1st TV, GOtv and FTA decoders  it’s either you are subscribing to Multichoice (legally or illegally), resorting to ZBC’s two channels or dealing in illegal DVDs through a network of distributors like the [...]

The case of ZOL and its billing system (Update)

March 11th, 2014

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The general concept in any fair business transaction is that one party pays an agreed amount to get a specific product or service from the other party. If the money offered is not adequate or if the product does not meet the agreed specifications then a problem arises. With ZOL and their billing services it [...]

Big data in telecoms – a potential game changer

March 10th, 2014

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Now that big data has been accepted as a game changer in technology the question is how all this remotely affects the ordinary person. For Zimbabwe the relevance lies in certain domains. Looking at our mobile network operators and the data that happens to fall into their hands daily, the reality of big data is [...]

Liquid Telecom expands its African satellite operation

March 7th, 2014

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Liquid Telecom, a company that boasts of Africa’s largest single fibre network that spans more than 17,000 km from Uganda to Cape Town has just added capacity to its satellite operation. Liquid Telecom has announced that it has built a satellite hub at Teraco’s vendor-neutral earth station in South Africa in a multi-million dollar investment. [...]

Econet Zero will help create a generation of tech wonder kids

March 6th, 2014

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On Tuesday Econet launched Econet Zero, a follow-up package to their Ecoschools initiative. From what they have promised to deliver with it, every Econet broadband subscriber will have free access to over 50 websites that offer learning content. For anyone keen on adopting a new skill or refining one that they already possess this presents [...]

Econet Zero facts: Quick answers to questions you have

March 4th, 2014

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So there have been many questions coming through our social media about what exactly Econet Zero is about. For some reason, either people can’t believe the deal, or we just didn’t put it in quick point format form. So instead of us just dishing it out, we sent the question to Econet so they could [...]

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 [...]