I had a revealing experience recently while shopping in Harare at Ximex Mall for a smartphone. A Samsung Galaxy S4 went from $250 to $400 simply because of a used box and accessories.
Smartphone penetration is very low in Zimbabwe trailing far behind other nations like South Africa at 30% and Kenya at 67%. But who should be responsible for equipping the nation with these devices?
Econet has asked its suppliers to reduce prices by 15% in a cost cutting measure that is meant to help it weather the tough economic environment.
TelOne has increased the speeds of its ADSL packages, offerings downloads of up to 4 Mbps on part of its lineup. This looks like another adjustment to shore in more subscribers in a tough environment and will likely trigger more changes from other operators.
The smartphone penetration rate in Zimbabwe is approximately 15% which actually means that about 85% of all mobile communication in Zimbabwe is largely through dumb phones (mbudzi) and feature phones. These are some humbling statistics in terms of what it actually means for developments in broadband.
Recently the Minister of Education, Lazarus Dokora, stated that the Ministry has allowed smartphones in Zimbabwean schools on the reasoning that these devices can be used for research. While these capabilities might be undisputed, there are other serious consequences that the State is not considering. The reality is, we are not ready for a national rollout of smartphone use in Zimbabwe.
Telecel has again launched a reward based Night Chat and 073-4-Free Weekend promotions hot on the heels of the Super Voice Bundles. The Night Chat promo offers its subscribers unlimited calls during the night and the 073-4-Free Weekend rewards customers for $4 airtime purchases during the week by unlimited calls Saturday night to Sunday midnight.
Here is the latest edition of the Techzim podcast. In this episode issues discussed include the dismissal of the POTRAZ board, the revenue Zimpapers is harvesting from digital media, Telecel’s fight for survival, a local startup called Africabookings that’s securing funding, Facebook in Africa and the implications of this as well as the Tonight with Zororo show launching on YouTube as opposed to the ZBC route.
Telone Center for Learning in conjunction with Potraz will hold a Southern Africa (SADC) Telecommunications Symposium on the 9th to 11th which will focus on Infrastructure Sharing. The event is an exclusive meetup of top level management responsible for or involved in network infrastructure negotiations and policies.
Telecel is en route to getting back in the game with its latest Super Voice Bundles offering which avails 50 and 200 voice minutes from a $1 and $2 airtime purchase respectively.
In South Africa, the plans for free WiFi have progressed with one province introducing the service on public buses. It doesn’t seem to complicated, and we even have startup trying to offer similar convenience. Can’t we rollout the same sort of project locally?
In an interesting development Telecel has issued a statement assuring subscribers and stakeholders that they have met the June installment for the Licence Renewal Agreement with Government. This installment is part of the money that will go towards a 7 year plan to satisfy the $137,5 million required for a Mobile Network Operator’s licence.
Startups often have to come up with workarounds for every cost centre that could potentially derail their efforts. Email servers are one such area when it comes to the setup of decent tech. Here is a recipe or guide for setting up an email server that makes it easy for anyone to understand.
The board at POTRAZ, the telecoms regulator, has been dismissed following revelations of corporate mismanagement and corruption. This is the latest case of a shakedown on state entities from the Minister of ICT, Supa Mandiwanzira who has emphasized the need for performance and results delivery from the parastatals under his purview.
The introduction of the dual account setup by Econet was a huge advantage on the part of the subscriber in terms of conserving data but it may yet turn out to be an inconvenience for Econet, VAS providers and some subscribers who are critical about their VAS services.
Recently, Strive Masiyiwa, the founder of Econet Wireless, was interviewed on CNN. He shared some perspectives on African broadband, the opportunity and power of technology and the internet, as well as the 100 km of infrastructure that his company is building every week across Africa.
Zimpapers CEO Pikirayi Dekete reports in an Zimpapers AGM sideline interview that digital content is generating 3% of their annual revenue and they have at least 300,000 subscribers on their SMS and MMS mobile news and classifieds platforms.
There will be another Hour Of Code Event at Hypercube in Harare on the 4th of July from 9 am. This is an opportunity to learn and teach people how to code and improve your literacy. These sort of initiatives are very important in the digital economy and probably deserve more attention than the introduction of Swahili and Chinese in the learning curriculum.
There is a new e-commerce player in town; Save Mari. It is an online platform were Zimbabweans can market and advertise goods. This is another attempt at penetrating the online classifieds market. While this is admirable, Save Mari has things that it needs to figure out before it makes an impression in this field.
Zimbabwe is set to introduce its own set of drone regulation before the end of the year. This follows the increased use of this form of technology. We have seen some drone legislation being introduced in South Africa, the question though is whether most or all of it will be adapted to the Zimbabwean environment by our own regulator and lawmakers.
Gmail, Google’s email service announced changes to its appearance. These tweaks include the launch of new themes that support the use of pictures, as well as the introduction of emojis for emailing. All this seems like an attempt at figuring out mobile communication.
Tonight With Zororo, a local talk show has been launched today. using the internet, specifically YouTube, as its main distribution channel, it joins other producers defying the status quo on content distribution.
Startups often fail, and its because of a host of reasons. Cost management is one such factor. You can learn to manage that for your own startup, One aspect to watch is email management, and an option related to this is the use of SSL certificates. This is an article on how to do this.
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Mobile and home Internet in the future is going to be accessed mostly through WiFi and IAPs will provide free last mile connectivity, or close to it. WiFi will be available everywhere resulting in the decline of Mobile Data consumption and Voice calls.
Facebook announced that it will be setting up an office in Africa, something that has displayed its keen interest in the opportunity that Africa presents for the company in the future. What sort of opportunity does this create for Zimbabwe, seeing that it wasn’t listed as one of the countries that are being supported immediately.
So apparently the Highlanders goal was erroneously or inaccurately disallowed. Replays will actually show that Edmore Muzanenhamo was actually onside. This brings into context the argument of whether or not Goal Line Technology should be introduced into soccer refereeing.
The world’s largest social network, Facebook, is set to open offices in South Africa. The office will be focused on the network’s advertising business. This is another deliberate focus on Africa following its investment through initiatives like internet.org and the launch of the Facebook Lite App.
This is a review of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, the flagship device from the mobile devices giant. With outstanding specs, and a great design it easily looks like the best device on the market. But is this blend of art and science worth $1,305?
As it turns out SMS and Telemarketing messages from network operators are not spam legally and both the Consumer Contract and Telecoms Acts seem to agree that unless you are willing to go some extra legal expense and prove otherwise, For every subscriber, opting is the only option.