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Connectivity

Computer Society Summer School 2009

The 2009 Computer Society of Zimbabwe (CSZ) Summer School will be held this weekend at Montclaire Hotel in Nyanga. The Summer School provides a platform for IT professionals to learn the latest developments in the ICT profession and generally serves as a great networking opportunity with fellow geeks. Normally open to CSZ members only, this […]
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Google Uganda Launches Trader On The Web

Google Uganda anounced today that Google Trader, which has been avalable as a mobile SMS-based marketplace will now be availabe on the web. The mobile version of the service was launched in June this year and allows users to buy and sell goods and services using SMS. Sellers register for free and post their items […]
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Econet Suspends Activating More 3G Subscribers Until Billing Is Migrated To Usage Based

We just established that Econet suspended activating more subscribers on their mobile internet services since the beginning of October 2009. Apparently, this was because of an unexpected massive uptake of the 3G, Edge and GPRS services by subscribers which caused some network instability. Activated subscribers are still enjoying the services. Activation of more subscribers will […]
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Seacom Blames African Governments And ISPs For Costly Internet

Seacom has heaped the costly internet blame on African national governments and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) for failing to pass on the benefits of high speed internet to ordinary citizens. Seacom was responding yesterday through a post on its blog following numerous queries on its Facebook and Twitter pages. Quite visibly unhappy that the much […]
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Econet’s Buddie And Libertie Subscribers To Start Roaming

Econet has announced that it will introduce roaming for Buddie and Libertie package subscribers in December this year. Roaming services have up to now been an exclusive for contract line subscribers because of the billing complexities it has with prepaid packages. According to Econet Wireless CEO Mr. Douglas Mboweni, Econet has invested heavily in this […]
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Connectivity

Debating How To Lock The Stable Door After The Horse Has Fled

Today I attended “The Transition” televised debate at a local hotel. The topic under discussion was “Free Expression and Freedom of the media are fundamental tenets in a democracy. Does the GPA provide for media freedom?” This, referring to media freedom in Zimbabwe in the current political environment. On the panel was a lawyer Chris […]
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Zimbabwe’s Broken Websites: Telecoms Operators

This article is the first in a series of “Zimbabwe’s Broken Websites” articles. Links to future articles will be inserted at the bottom of the post. Last week, we posted an article titled “Zimbabwean Business Should Take Its Internet Image Seriously” in which we criticized Zimbabwean business for a sluggish approach to building an online […]
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Zimbabwe Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala Release Party

The Zimbabwe Ubuntu Loco team (website not updated yet) will celebrate the release of Ubuntu 9.10 code name Karmic Koala on the 31st of October. The Loco team has been quite active lately, making quite an impression of the volunteer run Open Source initiative at the 2009 ICT Africa exhibition. In an invitation to Zimbabwe’s […]
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Ghana To Chair ITU Council for 2009 – 2010

Ghana has taken over the chairmanship of the ITU Council from Bulgaria. The Council began an annual session yesterday, that runs until 30 October 2009 in Geneva. Council members will discuss the implementation of the ITU’s strategic plan with the objective of responding to the current demands of a dynamic, rapidly changing telecommunications and ICT […]
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Zimbabwean Business Should Take Their Internet Image Seriously

Last week I met with the managing director of a relatively big local electrical engineering firm. “We need a website ASAP!” he cut to the reason he’d called me. “You still don’t have a website? And why now?” I asked. “It’s urgent my brother. We submitted a bid to a company in the EU. They’ll […]
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Internet 101: What is an Operating System

So a finance director friend calls me yesterday and says, “I have just transferred some photos from my mobile to my PC and I can’t find them on the PC.” “What operating system are you using?” I asked. “Ummm what do you mean?” came the reply. “Like is it Vista or XP.” “Oh yes, I […]
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No Zimbabwean Company On AfricaCom Awards Shortlist

The 2nd Annual AfricaCom Awards are going to be held on the 11th of November 2009 in Cape Town South Africa. The awards recognize and award excellence in the African telecommunications market. I couldn’t find a single Zimbabwean telecommunications company on this year’s Africa Com Awards shortlist. What’s going on here I asked myself. Econet […]
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Chamisa: Nokia & Huawei “interested” in Zimbabwe

In this week’s edition of the prime minister’s newsletter (available for download on the PM site) the information communication technology minister Nelson Chamisa says he had “specific discussions and arrangements” with large communication giants like Nokia and Huwaei at last week’s last week’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) summit in Geneva. Unfortunately we won’t know the […]
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Zimbabwe’s Fibre-Optic Internet Backbone Projects

I’ve been curious to find out what high speed Internet backbone projects are underway in Zimbabwe. Reading through the Zimbabwe investment prospectus launched by the Zimbabwe Investment Authority (ZIA) a few months ago, I came across a project by Africom Continental. Africom Continental is a special purpose vehicle company formed by Africom (50%), the Infrastructure […]
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Internet 101: What Is A Browser?

It’s back to Internet basics on Google’s recently launched What Browser site where a strictly-no-geek-terms simple to follow video explains what a browser is and the difference from a search engine and an operating system (forget that Google themselves are blurring this line more and more with Chrome OS). The folks at Google do little […]
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Newsnet Knows Its Site Rocks And They Won’t Hear Otherwise

Browsing some local news I was met with a “How do you rate our site?” poll question on the state owned Newsnet homepage. The answers to choose from: ‘Excellent’, ‘Good’ and ‘Not bad’. Talk about taking a positive attitude to far; we know we rock and we won’t let you say we don’t! No prizes […]
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Ecoweb To Launch VSAT And Mobile Wimax

Two weeks ago we posted that Ecoweb was going to start offering VSAT services. Ecoweb has since made it public that they will be launching their VSAT operations soon. This is welcome news to many organizations such as mining companies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and tourism companies with operations in Zimbabwe’s most remote areas where fixed […]
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Broadband

TEAMS Undersea Cable Ready For Commercial Use

The East African Marine System (TEAMS) cable will be launched this week. TEAMS is a submarine fibre-optic cable systems linking Kenya to the world through the United Arab Emirates. The project was initiated by the the Kenya government in 2007 to augment the SEACOM cable which runs along the shores of east and southern Africa […]
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SEACOM Competition: What Could Africa Do With More Bandwidth

In a bid to get creative broadband use ideas from none other than the users themselves SEACOM has launched a competition dubbed “What could Africa do with more bandwidth?”. For a chance to win a Flip UltraHD camcorder valued at around $200 and an unspecified “insane Seacom hamper“, East and Southern Africans (I wonder where […]
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Zimbabwe 6th in Global Narrowband Connecitivity Assessment

And no, I’m not making fun of my beloved country, the word “Narrowband” does exist and Zim is very close to the top. If you’re in Zimbabwe and you’re viewing this blog on a +256 Kbps connection, you’re amoung a priviledged 4% of Zim internet users! In a “State of the Internet” report released by […]
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Google Opening Up Wave To More Than 100,000 Testers Tomorrow

I should admit, I never really watched the full Google Wave Developer Preview at Google I/O 2009 video back then in June when TechCrunch’s MG Siegler posted an article about it. Heck, all the developer-this-developer-that talk got me thinking this product didn’t have a decent user-ready face to look at yet. The idea was the […]
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The Prime Minister’s Opening Address At 2009 ICT Africa Exhibition

We can’t upload a 10 minute long video speech here due to bandwidth limitations so we posted the MP3 version of Morgan Tsvangirai’s address at the opening of the 2009 ICT Africa Exhibition at the Harare International Conference Center. Tsvangirai Opening 2009 Ict A by Morgan Download now or listen on posterous Morgan_Tsvangirai_Opening_2009_ICT_Africa_Zim.mp3 (10493 KB) […]
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Econet Enlists ZTE and Ericsson In $200m Deal To Expand Network

Econet is set to increase its subscriber base from the current 3 million to about 5 million following agreements worth over $170 million with the Swedish Ericsson and ZTE of China The only operator in Zimbabwe with GPRS and EDGE enabled on its base stations, the expansion will propel Econet even further ahead of its […]
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And The 2009 ICT Africa Best Stand Winner Is……

Zimbabwe Online (ZOL) scooped this year’s ICT Africa best stand prize beating close contenders Yo! Africa, Toshiba, The Ubuntu Team and WebDev! Before the announcement, almost everyone I spoke to agreed ZOL had beat the other exhibitors hands down. Everyone except ZOL themselves; “Zvine politics izvi Makani, hatimbohwini hazviiti” (This’ a political game Makani, we […]
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