Contrary to our believe that there is no game development in Zimbabwe, it is refreshing to note that game developer Saintoon Studios has not only developed several game apps but one of them has achieved Apple store Southern Africa Featured App status. Here is a short profile of Saintoon Studios.
Local Internet Access Provider Powertel has unveiled a new set of internet packages for its Winter Data promotion. These packages range from a $35 for 15 GB service to a $175 unlimited uncapped package that brings back an unlimited internet service to Powertel.
At its recent I/O Conference, Google announced the Google Web Light browser, a still-under-test version of the standard browser that offers faster web experiences for users in markets where there are slow internet connections. It’s being aimed at emerging markets which rely on 2G and 3G connections, and its set for India and Brazil first. Oh, it only works on Chrome and on Android devices.
The highlight of ISP information deficiency to customers is the inability to relay tools that not only satisfy the customer but create loyalty. My continuing experience with one provider, Powertel, brought to light a peculiar shortcoming; You need to have an internet access to recharge you Powertel account.
Liquid Telecom just positioned itself as a more visible player in VoIP services for Enterprises users. Is this just a strategic repositioning with the Liquid group, or a firmer challenge to TelOne?
Africa seems to be awakening from the internet ignorance slumber that has seen some countries connecting to the world wide web with no restrictions. This situation has its pros as advocated for by Internet Freedom activists and its cons as is evident from the demage that can be attributed to social media as an example
Liquid Telecom is set to launch a VoIP service. While this seems like a move into enterprise voice solutions, it doesn’t seem entirely clear how that will play out with its own subsidiary, ZOL Zimbabwe, providing a VoIP service for both enterprise and residential clients.
Powertel reintroduced a lopsided version of their unlimited data promotion. In the continuing series of what these service providers don’t tell you, we explore more of how the data promo is structured and how it caters for the average citizen.
Here is a list of WiFi hotspots in Zimbabwe and the costs involved for each respective service.
The internet cafe is as good as dead, what with all the changes in tech like mobile broadband penetration and the rise of WiFi hotspot provision from the different internet companies. There is a way to make the most of what’s happening for cafe owners though.
It would seem that the dark side of tech in the form of things like porn has had a clear effect on children. Isn’t it time for national law to be drafted to ban pornography or to at least start regulating it in a clearer way? It’s already illegal, but there is no legislation against accessing it. So perhaps, banning access to certain sites would work.
Internet services in Zimbabwe are expensive, and our usual refuge of bundled services are now being adjusted. It feels as though we are being robbed, just to access sites and platforms like Facebook.
Telone advertises its packages as low as $15 a month for the Home Basic package but they do not prompt potential customers about the setup costs.
Joburg is looking to introduce 1,000 free wifi hotspots in the next year. That’s just one example of investment in tech from national authorities in other African countries. Why can’t the City fo Harare and other local authorities view tech as an investment centre as well?
Econet adjusted its social media bundles, but it wasn’t just a play on price. the new bundles packages have data limits. Rather than just yell at the operator, there are other options that you can explore. Here are just three examples, Telecel bundles, NetOne bundles and Africom WiFi.
It’s funny how a loud campaign from a single service provider can bring out a lot of aggression from the competition, especially where the opportunity for added revenue streams is made apparent to everyone concerned. I’m referring to WiFi promotions that are now being pushed by every provider who has them. Ever since TelOne opened […]
Mobile data is expensive and there’s nothing that can be done about it in the short term. Let’s not flood the regulator, POTRAZ, with our complaints. Our best bet is in the shift in economic conditions that might get operators to angle for our money with promos and discounts. But this doesn’t seem to happen […]
It’s 2015, so the conversation around the availability of the internet in Zimbabwe is not so different from what you get in any other part of the world. Almost half of the population has access to an online connection. Current and potential consumers of internet services talk about the same things and ask the same questions […]
In our most recent review of local broadband prices, Telco, another internet access provider which provides Fibre and WiMAX solutions wasn’t part of the list. No information was available on Telco’s product suite at the time because the IAP had been working on a product and price review. Now it looks like Telco is through with its […]
Internet connections in Zimbabwe are made predominantly from mobile devices, so it’s no surprise that the different internet service providers we have are tapping into that market with on-the-go solutions. ZOL is playing the same game. Besides its use of widespread WiFi hotspots that now have to be paid for, it recently introduced a Pay […]
So the problem with “free” is that after your customers have enjoyed it for a while, whatever adjustment you make to the price, however cheaper it is than your closest competition, if it’s not free, you’re going to make a lot people unhappy. ZOL will be announcing tomorrow that their free ZOLSpot WiFi is finally coming to an end. […]
Things aren’t getting better economically. If you still don’t believe that, just look at the way service providers are falling over themselves to get you “cheaper and better deals” just to mop up what little dollars you have to spare. The same thing is happening in Internet services. One recent product and price adjustment has come […]
That headline sounded a lot like some early 2000s cheesy advert, but there just isn’t any other way to put it really. NetOne, Zimbabwe’s second largest mobile network operator, is on the brink of launching two new products. Just like what we have seen with the strategy to lure more subscribers, It’s really hard to […]
In a little under 4 weeks, the month of May draws to a close. There’s nothing significant there, that’s how the calendar works. But for Telecel Zimbabwe and it’s 2.1 million subscribers, 1,000 employees and slew of other stakeholders those days could just be the mobile operator’s last ones. Or are they? At a Parliamentary […]
It’s only been a few days since word got out that the telecoms regulator, POTRAZ, had given Telecel, the country’s third-largest mobile operator, 30 days to shut down operations. It didn’t come as a shock, this move had been exposed by the Minister of ICT a while ago. Another thing that’s not shocking though, is […]
Here’s a bit of good news for people who have been using ZOL Zimbabwe’s entry level WiMAX service; ZOL has lowered the price from $59 to $49 starting with subscriptions for the month of May 2015. No other adjustments have been made to the rest of the ZOL product lineup and the package wasn’t tweaked […]
Earlier today we wrote about the notification issued by local telecoms regulator POTRAZ, to mobile network Telecel Zimbabwe advising it of the cancellation of its licence. Telecel has since issued a statement calling the action unfair and stating that it will take the necessary steps to ensure the maintenance of services. We haven’t received any […]
Take a look at the calendar, the month of April is as good as over. This means that we have breezed through the first one-third of the year. In local tech and broadband, a lot has come with that passage of time, including a review of voice tariffs. We all hoped the Government and POTRAZ, […]
At the 2014 Broadband Forum, the conclusion was that the next frontier in broadband is retailing broadband right to the doorstep. Various ISPs made noise about FTTH promising to deliver services such as IPTV. Competition seems to be heating up with emerging solutions being rolled out including TelOne FTTH and ZOL Fibroniks. It’s even more […]
Who would have thought that one day in Zimbabwe we would be buying SIM cards for 50 cents? It’s easy to look at that price and wonder what the fascination is all about for that one small object that should be given for free, but we shouldn’t forget that at some point some of […]