Tag Archives: Net*One

Vimpelcom out and MTN in? Another multinational operator eyes Zim market

February 26th, 2015

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Oh boy, here we go again. Here’s how the story is being told. MTN wants a slice Zimbabwean telecoms and it’s been sniffing around for potential investment opportunities that could lead to it acquiring an interest within our borders. Sound familiar? That’s because we’ve heard it before. A new report in the Financial Gazette has […]

Latest on SIM card hack: NetOne and other MNOs weren’t under surveillance

February 25th, 2015

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Yesterday we talked about the cyber-security attack on Gemalto, the security company and tech contractor that provides SIM cards to the majority of mobile network operators in the world, including local networks like NetOne. Gemalto released a press statement today, sharing the results of its own investigation into the matter. According to the security firm’s […]

Podcast: Understanding Zimbabwe’s Digital Future

February 16th, 2015

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Next month Techzim and TBWA will be hosting “Zimbabwe’s largest gathering of digital minds” at Digital Future. This two-day event slated for the 17th and 18th of March will bring thought leaders, influencers and decision makers in the Zimbabwean digital space together for an exploration of the potential impact of all things digital. In this special […]

Techzim and TBWA Zimbabwe to explore the future of digital media in Zimbabwe

February 11th, 2015

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Techzim and TBWA Zimbabwe, will host what’s been billed as “Zimbabwe’s Largest Gathering of Digital Minds”, at a conference and training event called Digital Future. The event will feature thought leading insights from leading digital media professionals from across the world on the 17th and 18th of March 2015 and will be sponsored by NetOne, […]

By the numbers: 6 interesting facts about telecoms & internet in Zimbabwe

February 5th, 2015

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1. Zimbabwe’s mobile penetration 87% now. This figure is based on the number of active sim cards in the country.   2. Zimbabwe’s total number of active SIM cards reported, 11.4 million, is actually not the number of people that own mobile phones. Some people have more than one SIM from the same operator (smartphone, internet […]

About the accuracy and reliability of Zimbabwe’s mobile telecoms stats

January 22nd, 2015

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In Zimbabwe, there’s been a lot of confusion of the the mobile subscriber statistics released regularly by the mobile operators themselves to shareholders, as well as those released by POTRAZ, the regulator of the space. Recently for example, when we wrote that Telecel’s active subscribers were down again for the 3rd consecutive quarter, the company pointed […]

Where are we now with LTE in Zimbabwe?

January 22nd, 2015

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4G/LTE always gets people in telecoms excited, and for good reason. Faster connections and efficient networks are everything. Even though it has been singled out globally as the mobile tech advancement that should come front and centre in a mobile world that will be all about better mobile internet, the uptake of 4G on the local front is […]

Podcast: TelOne Broadband, biNu, Telecel subscribers, MoJo & Hellomukoma

January 18th, 2015

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We are back again with the latest Techzim podcast covering all the stories that were topical in the past week. Issues discussed in this podcast include the turnaround that TelOne is experiencing thanks to a focus on internet services, the continued dip in subscribers that Telecel has experienced for the three straight quarters, biNu’s return as a […]

Looking for jobs available in Zimbabwe? NetOne has a solution

January 13th, 2015

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If there’s one thing we’ve learnt from mobile network operators looking for additional revenue streams its that you can never get enough VAS services, especially in an environment where there are so many problems that need solutions. Take the problem of massive unemployment and the difficulty that job seekers face in finding an easy to use […]

2015 is all about broadband: How TelOne is positioning itself as an internet company

January 12th, 2015

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An article published today by the Source has qouted TelOne’s managing director, Chipo Mtasa, highlighting an anticipated growth revenue of 4% in 2015 for the fixed telecoms operator. Mtasa referenced the plans TelOne has which are focused on network expansion while improving client services systems and expanding broadband connectivity. There was also mention of expanding […]

NetOne introduces Emergency Airtime. Why is it free?

January 11th, 2015

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Today state-owned mobile network NetOne introduced its own emergency airtime credit facility that extends 50 cents to any prepaid subscriber accessing the service on the *140# shortcode. NetOne has made its own credit facility free, meaning that unlike the Econet and Telecel emergency airtime credit purchases, a subscriber who borrows the airtime won’t have to […]

2014 in review: Highlights in Zimbabwean internet services

December 17th, 2014

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  2014 has been a fairly exciting year in the ISP arena, with some interesting developments from the different providers. We decided to look at some of the highlights in Zimbabwean internet services over the past 12 months. Mobile Broadband The year will probably be remembered for the introduction of OTT services. These were specifically the […]

Safaricom now has a venture fund: Will local operators do the same?

November 30th, 2014

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The biggest news in East African tech entrepreneurship this past week has to be about the new venture fund that Safaricom launched a few days ago, aimed at encouraging the development of tech solutions and mobile application development. It’s hardly surprising that Safaricom is the network operator to do this. It’s involvement in the tech startup […]

Dear ZIMRA: How about paying taxes through mobile money?

October 24th, 2014

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In Kenya it’s now possible to pay taxes via mobile money. According to a recent report in Mobile Money Africa, mobile operator Airtel has partnered with the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) to introduce the new service. This service will allow subscribers to inquire about KRA services, generate a KRA payment reference number which will be […]

The Apple SIM a step closer to killing off single and dual-SIM cards

October 20th, 2014

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Last week, Apple unveiled their latest generation tablets to the world. While the iPads didn’t seem to have a lot going for them, there have been a few subtle technologies that came along with them that have gained special attention, one in particular called the Apple SIM. This is not to say the iPhone-maker wants […]

POTRAZ will not force MNOs to reduce data tariffs. To let market forces regulate

October 19th, 2014

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With internet out-of-bundle prices ranging from US 7 cents (NetOne) to 15 cents (Econet) per megabyte, Zimbabwe’s data tariffs are considered relatively – to the average incomes that is – high. This however, a directive to MNOs issued by POTRAZ last week suggested, is not high enough to warrant POTRAZ’s intervention. POTRAZ will, for now, leave data charges to […]

Econet, Telecel, NetOne ordered by POTRAZ to slash mobile voice tariffs

October 18th, 2014

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Zimbabwean mobile operators, Econet, Telecel and NetOne have been ordered by the telecoms regulator, POTRAZ, to slash mobile voice tariffs from the current US 23 cents per minute to 15 cents. According to a report in The Source, the directive was issued on 16 October this week and MNOs have been told to effect this in December. […]

Econet ventures into car tracking with its new service

October 15th, 2014

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Earlier today we attended the very elaborate launch of mobile operator Econet’s new service called the Econet Connected Car which is part of a new range of products that Econet is calling Connected Lifestyles. The main delivery was by Dorothy Zimuto, the COO for Econet Connected Car, who outlined Econet’s ambition to ensure that most […]

NetOne connects with MTN

October 3rd, 2014

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Local network operator NetOne placed an advert in today’s Herald talking about the introduction of a new roaming option for its Easycall subscribers. Labelled as “A first for Zimbabwean Roaming, ” the new Easycall prepaid roaming option allows subscribers who are using the roaming facility to recharge their lines with airtime from MTN when roaming […]

Networks offer free WhatsApp to subscribers

September 19th, 2014

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Earlier today South Africa’s Cell C announced an offer for free WhatsApp services to all its contract  subscribers and some of its prepaid subscribers. According to a report from My Broadband this promotion is set to last until the festive season and Cell C has stated that this is meant to be the network’s strategy […]

Zimpost’s Zipcash moves into Botswana

September 18th, 2014

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It has been reported that Zipcash the electronic money transfer and remittance service launched by postal service Zimpost has extended its service to Botswana. Zipcash was launched late last year and has been working on expanding the reach of its money remittance service. In May this year Zimpost announced its entry into West Africa and at […]

Econet reacts to taxes?

September 16th, 2014

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Its funny some of the small things that catch a mobile subscriber’s attention. We recently received a tip from an Econet subscriber who noticed that the network has adjusted its voice bundles, this time with a marginal price increase. The voice tariffs for the Econet Bundles are now being advertised in the promo SMS as being […]

NetOne applies for datacasting licence

September 15th, 2014

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According to a notice in the Herald, state-owned mobile network operator Netone has applied for a national datacasting licence from the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe.The datacasting licence is one of ten broadcasting licences offered by the regulator. Datacasting, or the broadcast of data, is a service that delivers information via radio waves in varied forms […]