Tag Archives: Net*One

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.

VoIP & CDMA operator, Africom, finally interconnects with NetOne

September 9th, 2013

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Africom, the one telecoms operator in Zimbabwe that has been deliberate about it’s new VoIP offering, announced yesterday that they have finally interconnected with NetOne, the last of three mobile operators in the country. The interconnection agreement has been finalised a whole two years after Africom interconnected with Econet, Telecel and fixed line operator, TelOne. [...]