16 Jul 2015

Minister confirms government’s move for Telecel, hints at foreign investment

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.

6 May 2015

Supa: Don’t read too much into Tweet. No Orange player replacing Telecel

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 […]

Looking for home security, a fire alarm or a FWT? NetOne now has these solutions

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 […]

3 May 2015

Salvaging the Telecel wreckage, NetOne offers subscribers option to retain number

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 […]

2 May 2015

“We’re shaking up the NetOne management” says ICT Minister Supa Mandiwanzira

“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 […]

1 May 2015

NetOne executives’ jobs on the line as massive restructuring begins

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 […]

21 Apr 2015

As voice continues to die, it seems like WhatsApp calling is a problem after all

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. […]

21 Apr 2015

It’s not just Econet that’s playing doctor, NetOne is getting into medical services

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 […]

19 Apr 2015

Mobile money continues to pick up pace, overlaps into every financial service. What’s next?

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 […]

15 Apr 2015

Zim telecoms stats from POTRAZ show decline in mobile revenue, internet penetration

  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 […]

21 Mar 2015

Digital Future Conference in pictures

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 […]

19 Mar 2015

Special Edition Podcast: The challenges to Zim’s reach for a bright Digital Future

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 […]

17 Mar 2015

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

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 […]

16 Mar 2015

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

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 […]

11 Mar 2015

Zim looks East for digital migration: BAZ signs on Huawei, says deadline will be met

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 […]