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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
We recently talked about how Android is now the leading mobile operating system in Zimbabwe, something that is attributable to a lot of factors around the availability of cheap Android devices. But what are the top 10 mobile phone and tablet brands in Zimbabwe right now? It turns out that in all of this Android […]
Move over Nokia and Symbian; Zimbabwe is now officially an Android market. The latest figures from GS Statcounter for the month ending January 2015 place Android as the leading operating system (OS) for mobile phones. 53.49% of mobile devices run the Google-owned OS, which has managed to overtake the Series 40 that is used on Nokia feature […]
If you follow tech, missing out on the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) highlights is a bit of a downer. There are a lot of things that come from each edition that push the envelope in the world of consumables without focusing too intensely on mobile tech. There is a lot to digest especially for an expo that comes so early […]
Bigger is better, but emerging markets matter the most. This doesn’t entirely sum up mobile devices in 2014 but it speaks volumes about what we saw in the market this year. For the high end market the focus was on how Apple (finally) took the leap and started offering a larger screen for its phone. For […]
We are fast approaching the end of this year. Like every other year before it, there have been both hits and misses from the tech world. From awesome devices and software slip-ups here is a quick run through at what was worth the mention in this device and OS review for 2014. A for Apple The […]
It has been reported by Biztech Africa that TECNO, a device manufacturer that has a strong focus on the the African mobile space is set to introduce a smartphone priced at a under $30 next year. This comes after an executive from TECNO made the remarks in an interview at Africacom last week. The company […]
So you have read about my niggardly thoughts on Powertel’s bundles. I really hate not knowing what I am going to spend on my internet connection in advance. The good news is that I know exactly how much I am going to spend on my internet next month: $50. After Powertel’s switcharoo I went out […]
Zimbabwe is still Nokia country, well at least in terms of device and OS market share. According to figures from StatCounter, for the 12 months ending September 2014, Series 40 devices are still the most widely used with just under 34% of the market. Android OS is still in second place in with a 27.73% […]
In a press release sent out today by global telecoms giant MTN, them and Huawei claim to have achieved a major milestone in the global telecommunications industry by successfully completing tests of what is “currently the fastest and most intelligent optical network to date in the industry”. Using MTN’s backbone fibre in South Africa, the two companies […]
A recent report by Human IPO has said that Kenya has 67% smartphone penetration. The report is based on figures released by Kenya’s leading mobile operator Safaricom. According to Safaricom, Kenya has 67% smartphone penetration attributed to “a growing middle class that has increased the uptake of these types of phones”. Safaricom also says 23% […]
The inaugural Zimbabwe Public Sector ICT Forum which is being hosted by the Ministry of Information Communication Technology Postal and Courier Services and sponsored by Huawei Zimbabwe was officially opened today at the HICC. Speaking in the keynote address the guest of honour Vice President Joyce Mujuru commended the role ICT is meant to play […]
The Ministry of Information Communication Technology, Postal & Courier Services will be hosting a public sector ICT forum, The Zimbabwe Public Sector ICT Forum 2014, in collaboration with Huawei Technologies, a leading global ICT company from China. This is taking place on Thursday the 3rd of April 2014 at the HICC from 8AM to 5PM. […]
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 […]
Yesterday we learned that Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, is actively selling it’s IP TV solutions to African internet carriers. This was revealed to people who attended the Huawei road show currently being held at Cresta Lodge in Harare. Huawei’s IP TV solution have been available in China for several years now with China Telecom one […]
Huawei has no plans to introduce dual OS Smartphone Huawei has come out and said they don’t have plans to introduce a smartphone that runs on Android and Windows OS as previously speculated. The speculation was fueled when Huawei’s Chief Marketing Officer was quoted saying, “Compared with Android, the priority of Windows Phone is much […]
Facebook introduces 15 minute video ads Yesterday Facebook announced the introduction of Video ads that it hopes will help “advertisers to drive branding objectives on Facebook”. The 15 minute video ads play automatically in the News Feed with the sound muted. The video ads will also stop when you scroll past them but tapping on […]
The $25 smartp hone from Mozilla (Mobility) Mozilla has announced plans for a $25 smart phone running on its FireFox OS at the Mobile World Congress in Spain. There are many reasons not get excited about this late comer in the mobile OS space. Firstly, cheap may not cut it if the app ecosystem is […]
“This is tired nonsense we’ve been hearing for years. This is politically-inspired and racist corporate defamation, nothing more.” is what a representative of Huawei, a Chinese telecommunications giant, apparently said to The Verge.
At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in the US, Huawei unveiled a Windows smartphone called the Huawei Ascend W1. The phone has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB internal storage and a 5MB pixel camera. In short, low to mid-range brain & power. Today, the two companies announced a slight and gave it made for a Africa tag. It’s actually called exactly that; Huawei 4Afrika.
A U.S congressional investigation concluded that the two Chinese telecommunications giants, Huawei Technologies Inc., and ZTE Inc pose potential risks to their national security. The US’s worries come from the fact that the two entities receive significant funding directly from the Chinese government. The two tech firms have experienced growth, rapidly expanding worldwide especially in emerging markets, Zimbabwe […]
Last week, we visited the Huawei Mobile broadband show that ran from 22nd to 29 February in Harare. The show was held for telecommunication services providers in Zimbabwe and it was meant as a neutral platform for Huawei to showcase its product, both end user consumer products and backend infrastructure products.
Good news like this press release travels fast. No sooner had it been published than Zimguardian picked it up and repeated the PR. It’s said if you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it. Eventually a big local daily newspaper, the NewsDay, picked the lie and amplified it yesterday. But in these connected times we live in there’s high risk repeating a lie; someone will eventually call you out on it.
Yesterday, a Bulawayo state owned publication, the Chronicle, carried an article about the state owned fixed line operator, TelOne. According to the article, an infrastructure upgrade exercise is underway at TelOne as part of a multi-million dollar deal with Huawei International and Alcatel Lucent. The first phase will be complete this month, the article says, and when all work has been completed, TelOne will have a subscriber capacity of at least a million subscribers.
After we announced the launch of Huawei’s Ideos S7 Tablet in South Africa a few months ago and the company’s stated intentions to conquer Africa with affordable Android devices, Econet Wireless has come out with a double punch. The company has introduced the Huawei Ideos S7 tablet and the Ideos Google phone at $450 and $165 respectively.
Huawei, China’s ICT giant recently launched its Ideos S7 Tablet PC to the South African market. Huawei is well known as a telecoms infrastructure and enterprise hardware producer and has been moving into the consumer segment in recent years. Along with ZTE, the company is among a crop of Chinese brands that have gained ground internationally and intends to build on this while aggressively competing on pricing.
Today, Econet launched a new contract (post-paid) package for mobile subscribers where, if a customer has a minimum salary of US $250, they can get a free mobile phone on contract. We contacted Econet for details of new mobile plan and got some interesting facts you’ll want consider if you’re thinking of getting yourself a contract ‘free’ mobile phone.
Econet, the largest mobile operator in Zimbabwe, has started selling Android smartphones at its new concept shops in Harare. So far only the Huawei U8220 mobile phone is available. We visited the Livingstone Avenue Econet shop last week and had a feel of the phone.