6 Mar 2015

Podcast: #MWC15, Virtual Reality, MTN, 5G, EcoSure signups, DStv & Orange

In this week’s edition of the podcast, we discuss the highlights from the Mobile World Congress that took place in Spain in the past few days. This included a discussion on virtual reality, 5G and Orange’s low-cost smartphone for Africa. We also touched on the MTN results, EcoSure and its strategy to involuntarily sign up EcoCash subscribers, […]

4 Mar 2015

Another MTN venture in Zimbabwe as Carmudi heads this way

Rocket Internet is in the neighbourhood again. This time the small business incubator/”clone factory”/startup collective has plans to introduce the local market to its car classifieds service Carmudi. It’s been a year since we mentioned Carmudi here. the last time it was when Rocket internet was rolling it out in Ghana, having established a presence […]

4 Mar 2015

MTN releases 2014 annual results: US $12.8 billion revenue. Growth slows down

MTN has just started announcing their 2014 annual financial results. The company continued to perform well last year, after a good half year. Total revenue for the year was R146.2 billion up 6.4% from the previous year. Based on today’s exchange rate, that’s US $12.8 billion revenue for the year. The group’s total subscribers across the 21 […]

26 Feb 2015

Vimpelcom out and MTN in? Another multinational operator eyes Zim market

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 […]

19 Feb 2015

Steward Bank opens flagship branch, unveils Smart ATMs integrated with EcoCash

Last night, Steward Bank, the financial services subsidiary of Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, officially opened its flagship branch at Eastgate Mall in Harare. Speakers at the event included the new Steward Bank CEO Lance Mabondiani and Japhet Aritho, the head of EcoCash. They both highlighted the focus of tapping into Econet’s tech and financial services strengths […]

10 Feb 2015

Rocket Internet’s Lamudi raises $18 million. How will that trickle down to Zim?

Lamudi, the online property listings company that set up offices in Zimbabwe sometime last year has managed to raise $18 million in funding. This capital will be used for revenue and market share development funding for the global group. According to report on TechCrunch, the capital was raised from Asia Pacific Internet Group. This is […]

15 Jan 2015

Just how ready are we for internet dating in Zimbabwe?

Long before social media received a global definition from Mark Zuckerburg’s Harvard dormitory experiment, a lot of people had been experiencing the opportunity of the internet as huge meeting place for potential partners and social connections through online dating. The phenomenon has changed dramatically (to think it used to be email only) to incorporate social media […]

NetOne connects with MTN

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 […]

11 Sep 2014

Rocket Internet to raise almost $1billion in IPO for expansion

Rocket Internet, the German company builder and incubator recently confirmed that it would be launching an Initial Public Offering (IPO) later this year on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Rocket Internet, which focuses on emerging markets and has a significant footprint in Africa  has already established a presence in the Zimbabwean tech space through online real […]

28 Aug 2014

Huawei and MTN claim successfully testing fastest & most intelligent fibre

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 […]

7 Jul 2014

MTN is actually already in Zimbabwe. Just not fighting with their usual weapons

Unbeknownst to most of us, MTN, Africa’s mobile telecoms giant, is actually already in Zimbabwe. They just aren’t fighting on the highly regulated front of mobile telecoms. In Zimbabwe, and other countries on the continent where MTN doesn’t do traditional mobile telecoms business, the company is now operating internet startups such as a newly launched […]

6 Jul 2014

Rocket Internet is bad for the African tech startup ecosystem, says Njoku

Jason Njoku, the Nigerian co-founder of iROKO Partners, speaks his mind. Often enough and candid enough he has enough people criticising him, especially in Nigeria itself. Take this piece he wrote in January this year for example in which he decries the lack of local internet company champions in Nigeria, a problem which, he said, had created ample space for the likes of […]

24 Jun 2014

MTN launches Visa card, Zimbos to send money home cheaply

Exciting news out of South Africa advise that MTN SA have launched a Visa card for their Mobile Money uses, following in suite of mobile payments pioneer M-PESA who did something similar way back in 2011! Orange also has a similar service. MTN has brought convenience to its users allowing them to make purchases at Visa […]

27 May 2014

Mobile operators MTN, Orange, Millicom & Safaricom, see opportunity in tech startups

Yesterday, Orange Telecom, a French owned mobile telecoms company with operations in a number of African countries, announced the launch of a startup incubator in Niger. The incubator is the third the company has launched after similar ones in Niger and Mauritius. Earlier in the month, Safaricom’s CEO, Bob Collymore told Bloomberg TV Africa that they are […]

28 Feb 2014

Naija MNOs fined for poor service, Blackberry Q20: Regional & Global round up

Naija MNOs fined for poor service (Mybroadband) The Nigerian Communication Commission has fined all the mobile operators in that country a combined $4 million for poor service. The operators are MTN, Globacom and Airtel. The companies have also been banned from selling new SIM cards in March and an additional 2.5 million Naira penalty will […]

27 Feb 2014

Vodacom SA takes on Icasa, HTC One best smartphone: Regional & Global round up

Vodacom files court papers against Icasa (Techcentral) Following after MTN, South Africa’s biggest mobile network Vodacom, has filed papers against their regulator Icasa over proposed cuts in mobile termination rates. Icasa has already postponed the implementation of the new regulations after MTN filled papers against them. MTN and Vodacom stands to lose the most from […]

31 Jan 2014

Global tech news roundup: Lenovo buys Motorola, Hackers attempt hit on Yahoo, WeChat in aggressive global drive

The Tech scene has been on the brim over this past week both locally and regionally. Locally, Telecel’s long awaited mobile money service Telecash was finally launched but the launch may have been overshadowed by the short lived EcoCash Droid app created by the Gedion Moyo’s  – at least here on Techzim. Internationally, Lenovo’s purchase […]


MTN & Africom. Anyone with an idea what this means?

Yesterday, Africom, an Internet Access Provider in Zimbabwe, had a supplement in one of the major weekly papers called Fingaz. Among the announcements in the paper, was an article with the title “Africom, MTN deliver African dream” that no doubt caught our attention. Keen to know what this new partnership is about, we read the details, this: […]

4 Oct 2012

4 executives in Africa among world’s most powerful people in telecoms

Four executives in African telecoms companies have been listed in the Global Telecoms Business Power 100, a list of the world’s most powerful individuals in telecommunications. The four are; Zimbabwean born Sifiso Dabengwa the CEO of MTN in South Africa, Shameel Joosub the CEO of the Vodacom Group, Chris Wood, the chairman of undersea fibre […]

27 Sep 2012

POTRAZ currently unable to measure mobile networks’ service quality

Just days after Zimbabwe’s ICT Minister Nelson Chamisa declared he would crack the whip on Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) in the country for poor service delivery, POTRAZ, the telecoms regulatory body, has revealed that it’s currently unable to measure the networks’ quality of service (QoS). The revelations were made this week in an article published […]