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Telecommunications

Startups: Understand the language mobile operators speak (infographic)

We found this here quite interesting, especially since the government in Zimbabwe has called for applications to an ICT Innovation Drive fund. It’s a great infographic to help startups speak the language that mobile operators use and therefore what they care about. You can only partner mobile operators if you understand them and they understand you. Working directly […]
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Mobile Money & eCommerce

CABS limits DStv payments further. Says it’s prioritising critical payments for imports

In February, CABS announced that they had limited payments for DStv. Non-account holders couldn’t make payments and account holders could only pay for one DStv account a month. Today, the bank has announced further restrictions on DStv payments. Essentially, payments will only be available to Platinum and Gold Class customers and will only be via the bank’s mobile platforms. DSTv […]
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Broadband

This South African startup has been acquired for US $103 million

A South Africa educational technology startup called GetSmarter has been acquired for $103 million in an all-cash transaction. The startup has been acquired by a US Nasdaq listed company called 2U, which offers online degrees. GetSmarter is essentially in the same business as 2U; it partners some of the world’s leading universities in creating online short courses for professionals. GetSmarter shares […]
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Gadgets & Apps

Zimbabwe price of Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ revealed

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, which became available for preorder in Zimbabwe last week, will be priced at $1,160 and $1,400 respectively.  The local prices of the Samsung’s 2017 flagship were revealed by Econet in an announcement of the availability of the phones. You shouldn’t expect the price to be any different with other retailers locally […]
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Startups

Tech startups: To invent or innovate?

As I was growing up, I was obsessed with the thought of inventing something that would someday make history. Nevertheless, as time progressed, I came to a point where I thought “oh well, what’s there to invent?? Everything has already been invented. What new thing can I bring about?” in fact, this ‘realisation’ weighed me […]
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Broadband

#FridayDeals: What have we learnt…so far

On the 16th of March we introduced Friday Deals, an experiment to explore the possible bottlenecks to a thriving e-commerce ecosystem in Zimbabwe. Here is what we learnt: Online payments are not really a problem This was more of confirmation to what we knew already. The biggest player in online payments between Limpopo and Zambezi […]
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e-Health

Event: The Zimbabwean E-Health Perspective

The Computer Society of Zimbabwe will be holding an event on e-health on 9 May 2017 at Monomutapa Legacy Hotel in Harare. Event time is 1730hrs – 1930hrs. Presenting at the event is one of Techzim’s contributors Dr. Nyakabau. NB: The Event is Free for all CSZ Members and $5 for non CSZ Members. Payments can […]
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Startups

Zimbabwe government’s $25m ICT Innovation fund. A tech startup boom on the horizon?

The Zimbabwean government just announced that it has opened for applications to the ICT Innovation Drive fund. This fund, totalling $25 million, was announced last year by the Ministry of ICT, Postal and Courier Services. The minister, Supa Mandiwanzira, said that the Zimbabwean government is committed to the development of local platforms and apps through investment financed by […]
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Startups

Zim government opens for tech startup applications to $25 million fund (POTRAZ ICT Innovation Drive)

The Zimbabwean government, which set up a $25 million fund for local technology startups, announced yesterday that it’s now accepting applications to the fund. The Zim telecoms regulator, POTRAZ, which is managing the fund, sent out a statement calling for applications: Are you an ICT Innovator, start-up or entrepreneur with a brilliant innovation or solution. Potraz has introduced […]
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Telecommunications

NetOne launches One-Cliq, a closed user group voice product

Brian Mutandiro, NetONe acting CEO, at launch of One-Cliq and One-Fi NetOne today launched a Call User Group product called One-Cliq. Essentially this allows NetOne subscribers to call a group of numbers at discounted rates. To use the service, subscribers will need a minimum of 5 NetOne numbers to form a group. The people in the group then activate the service […]
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Broadband

NetOne Launches One-Fi, WiFi product for homes, SMEs

NetOne today launched a new home WiFi product called One-FI. The service, targeted at home users and small offices allows NetOne subscribers to buy a WiFi router that has a NetOne sim card. That way they can access NetOne 3G and 4G over WiFi. The company is selling the router, picture above, for the service. The router, […]
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Media

The Financial Gazette acquired by ANZ, publishers of the Daily News

Techzim is reliably informed that Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ), the media company that owns the Daily News and other titles, has acquired The Financial Gazette, popularly known as just Fingaz. Fingaz is one of Zimbabwe’s most iconic weekly papers and covers mostly business news via a newspaper and online presence. Information that ANZ was acquiring Modus […]
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Mobile Money & eCommerce

EcoCash finally integrates with CABS

Econet, Zimbabwe’s largest mobile financial services company, has finally integrated its EcoCash platform to that of CABS. CABS is one of the largest and oldest banks in Zimbabwe. The two companies had not come to an agreement to integrate more than four years after Econet started integrating the EcoCash platform with local banks. At some point the issue degenerated into […]
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Broadband

MTN shuts down VU streaming service

Remember MTN’s streaming service called Frontrow? We wrote about it here a few times after it launched. It launched at a time when suddenly it seemed everyone had woken up to streaming. MTN introduced Frontrow in December 2014, Naspers followed a few months later with ShowMax , and then soon after Strive Masiyiwa announced Kwese. […]
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