Category Archives: Broadband

Hey Africa: Good Broadband = Good Business

May 16th, 2014


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 [...]

Please give us uncapped mobile internet

February 27th, 2014


Shakespeare said: Brevity is the soul of wit and so I will be succinct and get to the point. I find the pricing model employed by Econet, Netone and Telecel for data usage to be particularly expensive (overly-expensive) and in other aspects unfair as it is illogical. Also I cannot understand, for the life of [...]

Powertel introduces 0.50c/day unlimited mobile broadband package for students

February 20th, 2014


Powertel has introduced a new package or promotion targeting students called the “Scholar Pack”. The new package is offering college and university students unlimited surfing and downloads for just $0.50 per day. Over a thirty day period, this will translate to $15 for unlimited broadband, making it the cheapest broadband deal in Zimbabwe. The prepaid [...]

Review: ZOL Mobile WiMAX Internet

February 13th, 2014


Editor’s note: This review contribution on the new ZOL mobile WiMAX offering was provided through by Chenjerai Katanda, founder of Schools Sports Network, a website that covers Zimbabwean Schools Sports. Sometime in November of last year I caught wind of the news that ZOL was now offering Mobile WiMAX Dongles. Due to the nature of [...]

Mobile & Internet stats: Subscriber ceiling reached, data new area of growth

February 12th, 2014


For the first time, mobile penetration has exceeded 100% mainly driven by subscriber growth from Econet Wireless and Netone. The country’s second largest operator was apparently at receiving end of the network wars that characterised 2013 as it not only registered the slowest subscriber growth, but actually lost some subscribers between 2012 and 2013. The [...]

New Africom voice promo: Pay for 3 minutes for an unlimited call

February 6th, 2014


How would you being charged for just the first 3 minutes of a call and the rest, no matter how long the call, is free. Internet and VoIP operator, Africom, thinks you’ll love the idea, and that you’ll probably start making more calls. Or even better, that you’ll migrate to their network. The company announced [...]

ZOL to launch a dongle based mobile WiMAX broadband service

January 31st, 2014


Earlier this week, we received a tip in our inbox about a mobile broadband service about to be launched by ZOL, one of Zimbabwe’s largest ISPs. Here: ZOL has just introduced mobile WiMAX in the 2.5Ghz frequency range. Initially this was available via Econet at 2.5c per Mb with a window period of 30 days [...]

Sweet MiFi

January 23rd, 2014


If I were to make a list of things that I absolutely hate: capped internet connections and paying for my internet on a per megabyte basis would not only make the list but top it as well. I know that there are a lot of people out there who share my malcontent with this sort [...]