Tag Archives: Net*One

Telecel #TellSomeone, imitation is the greatest form of flattery

July 22nd, 2014

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It all started with Telecel’s successful rebranding exercise in February 2012. The network operator managed to craft a tagline, “Go Ahead, TellSomeone”, that effectively combined their brand name with a viral marketing concept to their user experience that every user had to “tell someone” about. NetOne, in what seemed like a quest to create steam [...]

Zimbabwe’s mobile penetration 106% as Econet grows to 9 million subscribers

July 16th, 2014

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A recent Q1 report by Zimbabwe’s telecommunications regulator, POTRAZ, says the country’s mobile penetration rate is now 106%, mowing mostly to the growth of Econet subscribers by about 4%. Econet’s total active mobile subscribers continue to grow and are now 9.07 million. The figure shows Econet has effectively grown it’s market share from about 63% in December, [...]

Local mobile voice call tariffs tumble

July 15th, 2014

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Let’s all take a minute to celebrate the sweet spot mobile subscribers are in right now. As the battle for voice call revenue among network subscribers rages on, each network has launched promotions aimed at building loyalty and ensuring that subscribers do more than just “WhatsApp” and “Facebook” on their devices. For local network operators, [...]

My complicated relationship with my network provider

July 14th, 2014

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My relationship with my network provider, Econet Wireless is rather complicated. Why complicated? Well there’s so much to be happy about when it comes to being an Econet subscriber. Then there’s the litany of frustrating practices that warrant dismissing the Econet service and using another provider altogether. All this leaves one with conflicted choices about [...]

Use OneWallet through TelOne agents and win a T-Shirt!

July 4th, 2014

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Don’t just tell someone, tell EVERYONE! NetOne is making moves to broaden the reach of its mobile money service. According to a newly flighted advert TelOne is now a OneWallet money agent with 34 TelOne outlets across the country listed as agents! This hardly comes as a surprise though.One wonders why this arrangement hadn’t existed [...]

POTRAZ should review and enforce regulations for the operators’ sake

July 2nd, 2014

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Local regulation on cyber crime and telecoms services infringement is rather lax. Or at least that’s the impression we’re getting from the concerns raised by Telecel to the state legislature. It has been reported that Telecel says their network is being prejudiced of millions of dollars worth of revenue by individuals engaged in traffic refilling. [...]

Telecel reclaims “second biggest MNO” tag with strong subscriber numbers

July 1st, 2014

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Yesterday mobile network operator Telecel Zimbabwe gave oral evidence to a Parliamentary committee on Communication, Technology, Postal and Courier Services. According to a report in the Herald the operator released figures regarding its subscribers and its Telecash mobile money service. Telecel has 3.3 million active subscribers and is targeting to boost its switching capacity to 5.5 [...]

Man in the mirror: What Econet can learn from being excluded by ZESA

June 30th, 2014

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Econet is unhappy about being excluded by ZESA from selling prepaid electricity tokens via the EcoCash mobile money platform. It doesn’t make sense to them how the government won’t let them provide convenience the market needs. The issue has come up in more than half of the conversations I’ve had with Econet executives these past 3 or so months. It’s [...]

NetOne by the numbers: 2.7mil subscribers, 200k OneWallet subs, $105M revenue

June 24th, 2014

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Last week’s parliamentary portfolio committee meeting on Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services where NetOne was giving oral evidence on One Wallet, was a blessing to those of us that are always knocking for information on closed systems. We didn’t attend ourselves, but the Financial Express has a brilliant collection of figures in the article they [...]

NetOne almost made $3.5 mil profit in 2013

June 24th, 2014

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Yes almost. That’s what the MD Reward Kangai told a parliamentary portfolio committee recently. Almost because the company was surprised to see the taxman come after them and wipe the already meagre profit away. “Revenue has been going up and the financial statements were showing a profit but Zimra came up and put in penalties and [...]

Tel•One sponsors second edition of the Zimbabwe Broadband Forum

June 5th, 2014

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Tel•One will this year be sponsoring the second edition of the Zimbabwe Broadband Forum which begins tomorrow (Friday, 6 June) at the Sango Conference Centre, Cresta Lodge, Harare. The country’s largest fixed line provider has chosen to be a Platinum Sponsor at this year’s Forum where the agenda will be focused on “Unpacking the Broadband [...]

OneWallet now pays ZESA prepaid electricity credit, so does CBZ & ZB Bank

April 8th, 2014

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NetOne’s OneWallet customers will now be able to buy ZESA prepaid electricity credit via OneWallet mobile money solution. In a press statement, NetOne said the integration is part of a deal between NetOne and the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission Distribution Corporation (ZETDC). Both are state owned enterprises. We are not certain how many customers are on [...]

NetOne’s broadband expansion to proceed as lawsuit is dropped

March 26th, 2014

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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 [...]

New voice call promotions from Econet and Netone increase competition

March 14th, 2014

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Competition is always a good thing in business and the more intense it gets among providers, the better the deal for the customer. The tussle for subscriber loyalty and a bigger chunk of voice call revenues among network operators has put the Zimbabwean consumer in a sweet spot. Econet Wireless has launched a reduced tariffs [...]

Please give us uncapped mobile internet

February 27th, 2014

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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 [...]

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

February 12th, 2014

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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 [...]

NetOne’s OneWallet in 2,000% increase in transactions since relaunch

January 30th, 2014

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NetOne’s mobile money service OneWallet is said to have experienced a 2,000% increase in transaction volume since the re-launch in November 2013. These claims are contained in a FinX report which quotes the NetOne CEO, Reward Kangai. In an interview with FinX, Reward Kangai is quoted as saying. “ There has been a huge OneWallet [...]

Zimbabwe’s telecoms stats (2013): 103.5% mobile penetration rate

January 9th, 2014

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We just got the full telecoms subscription statistics from the regulator, POTRAZ, for the 3 months ending December 2013. So, very current. There are two key things you will notice with the new stats;  One is that the mobile penetration has gone past the 100% mark to the now 103.5% and the second is that [...]

Mobile Money in Zimbabwe: Of EcoCash, Telecash and …well, OneWallet

December 17th, 2013

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First, congratulations to the EcoCash team for winning the AfricaCom Best Mobile Money award. No doubt a few heads have turned towards Zimbabwe and we appreciate it. Congratulations as well to NetOne for the OneWallet re-launch. We hold our breath as we await Telecel’s Telecash launch. There has been quite some hype surrounding Telecash’s mobile [...]

Minister Shamu, emulate Jonathan Moyo and shake up NetOne

November 25th, 2013

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Minister Shamu in party regalia at a NetOne official event. On the left is NetOne MD, Reward Kangai. Today I came across an interesting article published in the Herald entitled “Tolerating incompetence can be costly for Zanu-PF”, by Amai Jukwa. It’s not every day that you come across anything criticising Zanu-PF from the Herald or [...]

NetOne re-launches OneWallet. Will it stick this time?

November 8th, 2013

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NetOne re-launched a revamped OneWallet product at their Kopje Plaza offices in Harare this afternoon. The OneWallet product was previously launched in 2011 and this re-launch is in response to a re-engineered platform that has just gone live. Here’s all that you need to know about the revamped OneWallet product: The new The most touted [...]

Zimbabwe number portability: POTRAZ issues notice to operators (Exclusive)

October 13th, 2013

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POTRAZ expects mobile operators to implement number portability in 2014 POTRAZ says it regards number portability as an important regulatory tool to widen subscriber choice and promote service based competition  A source in the industry has told us that POTRAZ just issued a notice to all mobile operators in Zimbabwe informing them that number portability [...]

Apparently, only Telecel and NetOne had unregistered subscribers

September 30th, 2013

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The past few weeks Telecel and NetOne both revealed that as part of the POTRAZ directive to disconnect unregistered SIM cards by 31 August, they each shed 100,000 subscribers. Almost sounds like one reported the right number and the other just went ‘yeah, about the same’! Anyway, we curiously asked a source at Econet (the [...]

Zimbabwe mobile broadband speedtests results compared #ICTAfrica2013

September 13th, 2013

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As some of you may know, we decided this year to participate in the ICT Africa event by hosting an impromptu 1 hour Broadband Shootout at the 3 day event! The shootout was simple; every operator would get a chance to speak for two minutes about what makes their service the best say how it’s the best broadband locally, and then afterwards we would do a speedtest.