Tag Archives: Net*One

NetOne’s $200 million bet on LTE; is this project worth it?

April 20th, 2015

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We’ve already established that LTE isn’t yet that much of a reality in Zimbabwe. We only have a smidgen of the service thanks to Econet’s efforts and when you do get to the areas that have LTE you need to use a modem for a laptop/PC based connection. All that is supposed to change courtesy of […]

Digital Future Conference in pictures

March 21st, 2015

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The highlight of the Zimbabwean digital media calendar was the Digital Future Conference which took place earlier this week. A lot of what happened at the two-day meeting has been shared through video, social media and articles. You can still watch some of the discussions and presentations by following the links in this article. Here […]

Zim’s digital minds gather in Harare as Digital Future Conference starts

March 17th, 2015

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After months and months of build up, Zimbabwe’s largest conference on digital media and broadcasting is finally here. Digital Future, a two-day indaba aimed at exploring the opportunities that lie in online and electronic media kicks off today at 8am at Sango Conference Centre, Cresta Lodge Harare. It has been touted as Zimbabwe’s largest gathering of […]

From WhatsApp bundles to LTE: NetOne goes all out on data services

March 16th, 2015

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Finally, NetOne has stepped up to the plate, and not a moment too soon actually. The mobile network operator launched its own Over The Top (OTT) service bundles, or more specifically WhatsApp and Facebook bundles. The modus operandi is the same: Give subscribers unlimited access to the most visible applications or services and have them pay […]

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 […]