Tag Archives: Net*One

2014 in review: Highlights in Zimbabwean internet services

December 17th, 2014


  2014 has been a fairly exciting year in the ISP arena, with some interesting developments from the different providers. We decided to look at some of the highlights in Zimbabwean internet services over the past 12 months. Mobile Broadband The year will probably be remembered for the introduction of OTT services. These were specifically the […]

Safaricom now has a venture fund: Will local operators do the same?

November 30th, 2014


The biggest news in East African tech entrepreneurship this past week has to be about the new venture fund that Safaricom launched a few days ago, aimed at encouraging the development of tech solutions and mobile application development. It’s hardly surprising that Safaricom is the network operator to do this. It’s involvement in the tech startup […]

Dear ZIMRA: How about paying taxes through mobile money?

October 24th, 2014


In Kenya it’s now possible to pay taxes via mobile money. According to a recent report in Mobile Money Africa, mobile operator Airtel has partnered with the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) to introduce the new service. This service will allow subscribers to inquire about KRA services, generate a KRA payment reference number which will be […]

The Apple SIM a step closer to killing off single and dual-SIM cards

October 20th, 2014


Last week, Apple unveiled their latest generation tablets to the world. While the iPads didn’t seem to have a lot going for them, there have been a few subtle technologies that came along with them that have gained special attention, one in particular called the Apple SIM. This is not to say the iPhone-maker wants […]

POTRAZ will not force MNOs to reduce data tariffs. To let market forces regulate

October 19th, 2014


With internet out-of-bundle prices ranging from US 7 cents (NetOne) to 15 cents (Econet) per megabyte, Zimbabwe’s data tariffs are considered relatively – to the average incomes that is – high. This however, a directive to MNOs issued by POTRAZ last week suggested, is not high enough to warrant POTRAZ’s intervention. POTRAZ will, for now, leave data charges to […]

Econet, Telecel, NetOne ordered by POTRAZ to slash mobile voice tariffs

October 18th, 2014


Zimbabwean mobile operators, Econet, Telecel and NetOne have been ordered by the telecoms regulator, POTRAZ, to slash mobile voice tariffs from the current US 23 cents per minute to 15 cents. According to a report in The Source, the directive was issued on 16 October this week and MNOs have been told to effect this in December. […]

Econet ventures into car tracking with its new service

October 15th, 2014


Earlier today we attended the very elaborate launch of mobile operator Econet’s new service called the Econet Connected Car which is part of a new range of products that Econet is calling Connected Lifestyles. The main delivery was by Dorothy Zimuto, the COO for Econet Connected Car, who outlined Econet’s ambition to ensure that most […]

NetOne connects with MTN

October 3rd, 2014


Local network operator NetOne placed an advert in today’s Herald talking about the introduction of a new roaming option for its Easycall subscribers. Labelled as “A first for Zimbabwean Roaming, ” the new Easycall prepaid roaming option allows subscribers who are using the roaming facility to recharge their lines with airtime from MTN when roaming […]

Networks offer free WhatsApp to subscribers

September 19th, 2014


Earlier today South Africa’s Cell C announced an offer for free WhatsApp services to all its contract  subscribers and some of its prepaid subscribers. According to a report from My Broadband this promotion is set to last until the festive season and Cell C has stated that this is meant to be the network’s strategy […]

Zimpost’s Zipcash moves into Botswana

September 18th, 2014


It has been reported that Zipcash the electronic money transfer and remittance service launched by postal service Zimpost has extended its service to Botswana. Zipcash was launched late last year and has been working on expanding the reach of its money remittance service. In May this year Zimpost announced its entry into West Africa and at […]

Econet reacts to taxes?

September 16th, 2014


Its funny some of the small things that catch a mobile subscriber’s attention. We recently received a tip from an Econet subscriber who noticed that the network has adjusted its voice bundles, this time with a marginal price increase. The voice tariffs for the Econet Bundles are now being advertised in the promo SMS as being […]

NetOne applies for datacasting licence

September 15th, 2014


According to a notice in the Herald, state-owned mobile network operator Netone has applied for a national datacasting licence from the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe.The datacasting licence is one of ten broadcasting licences offered by the regulator. Datacasting, or the broadcast of data, is a service that delivers information via radio waves in varied forms […]

Econet set to compete on product value, not lower tariffs

August 5th, 2014


Last week Econet Wireless held its annual general meeting which gave the company’s management an opportunity to address shareholders on issues related to revenue, profitability and the outlook for the next financial year. It has been reported that the network operator’s Chief Executive, Douglas Mboweni highlighted that they would not engage in all out tariff […]

Lots of homework for new directors at NetOne, TelOne and Zimpost

July 29th, 2014


A few days ago the Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Services, Webster Shamu, announced the new directors for local postal agency Zimpost and the two state owned telecoms outfits Netone and TelOne. The appointments are effective from 1 August 2014. The NetOne board chairman is Mr Alex Marufu and the vice chairman is Mr […]

Airtime and street vendors to pay $1 a day state levy

July 28th, 2014


It’s been reported that the government is planning to step up its revenue collection efforts with a crackdown on all informal traders. This blitz will also rope in the numerous airtime vendors who have become a permanent feature of street side entrepreneurship. This move is going to be the latest effort to increase revenue for […]

Telecel #TellSomeone, imitation is the greatest form of flattery

July 22nd, 2014


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 […]