The inaugural edition of the Mobile Money and Digital Payments Conference and Awards drew the who-is-who of banking and telecoms. See the event in pictures below
So it’s already been confirmed, the government is moving in on Telecel.Earlier today, the Minister of ICT, Supa Mandiwanzira, responded to questions on the government’s interest in Telecel Zimbabwe. ZARNet, a state owned Internet Provider, has been roped in because the government does not have the immediate capacity to execute this takeover. This will, in all likelihood, be executed with leveraged finance with foreign investors likely to be involved.
The government was offered ownership and control in Telecel Zimbabwe and it has been reported that this offer is being taken up. This comes after the Minister of ICT mentioned this offer in an interview. However, this move doesn’t seem to make sense considering some facts on the ground.
It turns out that TelOne now wants to make use of its mobile network licence by pursuing a partnership with another state-owned mobile operator, NetOne. This will make TelOne the fourth mobile operator and brings into play some interesting dynamics on infrastructure sharing.
Smartphone penetration is very low in Zimbabwe trailing far behind other nations like South Africa at 30% and Kenya at 67%. But who should be responsible for equipping the nation with these devices?
The board at POTRAZ, the telecoms regulator, has been dismissed following revelations of corporate mismanagement and corruption. This is the latest case of a shakedown on state entities from the Minister of ICT, Supa Mandiwanzira who has emphasized the need for performance and results delivery from the parastatals under his purview.
A new form of SIM Card that removes the need for roaming and lets you use the same SIM even across borders, without added costs, has been adopted in Brussels. If this is made available even locally, it could add a certain level of competition that would change telecoms.
A group of local investors that include former Telecel Zimbabwe CEO Francis Mawindi and former African Sun CEO, Dr Shingi Munyeza is set to launch a 4G/LTE network by the end of the year. This is meant to provide competition to existing players like Econet, NetOne and Telecel, while also entering the Pay TV services arena.
NetOne has a fair subscriber base of just under 30% of the market, which has however failed to translate into a healthier OneWallet. Accounting for less than 1% of Mobile Money subscribers, it needs to overhaul the product or face extinction.
Instead of relying on MNOs for information, POTRAZ will soon implement a direct monitoring system for all mobile money and voice traffic. The main thrust being in billing and reporting. It has benefits for subscribers and government
The latest Techzim podcast with open discussions on trending issues in local technology. This episode covered the Econet Social Bundles misstep, Hotels.ng raising $1.2 million, DEMO Africa coming to Zimbabwe next month and free WiFi in Joburg and Harare.
NetOne’s CEO Reward Kangai has been quoted talking about the network’s plans to have a 5G network. It’s way too early to be talking about it, seeing that it’s not yet a reality and we haven’t even gotten to 4G throughout Zimbabwe. There are a lot of other things Netone should focus on, like maximising on OTT services, instead of selling this fantasy.
So yesterday, the ICT Minister, Supa Mandiwanzira set off a storm speculation with his “orange” future for Telecel tweet: @cemambo @Techzim @Mathuthu Just finished a very positive mtng with Vimpelcom. It would appear the future of TZ is orange, it’s bright — Supa Mandiwanzira (@SupaCollinsM) May 5, 2015 Could this mean an operator that has an […]
That headline sounded a lot like some early 2000s cheesy advert, but there just isn’t any other way to put it really. NetOne, Zimbabwe’s second largest mobile network operator, is on the brink of launching two new products. Just like what we have seen with the strategy to lure more subscribers, It’s really hard to […]
It’s only been a few days since word got out that the telecoms regulator, POTRAZ, had given Telecel, the country’s third-largest mobile operator, 30 days to shut down operations. It didn’t come as a shock, this move had been exposed by the Minister of ICT a while ago. Another thing that’s not shocking though, is […]
“We’re shaking up the management of the company!”. This is what the Zimbabwean minister of ICT, Supa Mandiwanzira, told us yesterday in a phone interview over the restructuring exercise happening at NetOne. “What is NetOne’s performance in comparison to the other operators?” he asked, “Government as a shareholder is very much aware of the performance of the other […]
The telecoms industry in Zimbabwe was taken aback this week when suddenly, 24 executive level jobs for a mobile operator were advertised in the press. Starting the very senior position of COO, CTO, CFO down to managerial positions like Head of IT infrastructure. The speculation began; could this be a new company preparing to take Telecel’s place. Why would […]
When the WhatsApp calls feature was activated this year two things that everyone had been expecting for over a year happened. Firstly, subscribers to the insanely popular platform were excited that VoIP was being integrated into the main communication platform. At the same time, a cloud of uncertainty gathered over mobile network operators’ voice model. […]
In the delivery of new services for the telecoms industry, operators hardly come up with new ideas, they just steal source inspiration from competitors. The real winners just know how to modify their own offering. The same approach has also been used locally. Just take a look at the latest news on a new service […]
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 […]
This past week, we got to sift through the latest figures on Zimbabwean telecoms from the industry regulator, POTRAZ. These sector performance numbers are provided regularly and even though we’ve always been whinging about the late delivery (This latest report is for October – December 2014), the data provided is a great market indicator. Which brings […]
The national economy is in a really bad state, and it’s not surprising that those nasty effects are now chewing into the telecoms sector in a big way. A report published by FinX quotes the most recent Post and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) Sector Report which has key highlights for the fourth […]
What do we need to know about Digital Migration, really? Well, quite a bit actually. OK, so the whole exercise that was brought upon us by ITU has ZBC written all over it, but it will affect the whole country, including the multitudes that turned their back on local TV. So for those who are […]
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 […]
At the Digital Future Conference, several thought leaders contributed to discussions on the state of digital services in Zimbabwe, the challenges being faced right now and the future that lies in this space. This podcast is the first panel discussion that touched on these challenges. Taking part in this discussion was the Deputy Minister of […]
Sharing is caring. It’s not just a kindergarten mantra anymore, it is the underlying sentiment in local telecoms and has been put at the centre of a future for data services in Zimbabwe. We are talking about infrastructure sharing here. This is the catch phrase that the Ministry of ICT has been brandishing for a while […]
In case you haven’t been catching up via the live stream or the massive activity on Twitter (#MyDigitalFuture), a lot has already been shared already in the first part of the day at the Digital Future Conference. There was a panel discussion focused on the current challenges in digital and online media in Zimbabwe. The […]
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 […]
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 […]
What’s the latest on digitisation? There’s a lot of activity that we are starting to see regarding this project, but I’m one of the many people that have doubts that this going to happen on time. Still, the people involved are out to allay our fears. Today we attended a Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) media […]