POTRAZ will this week hold a consultative workshop in Harare where they will table public contributions made so far to a Consumer Protection Guidelines draft that the telecoms regulator has produced.
The difficult process of registering local domains in Zimbabwe is something we have written about extensively here on Techzim. It’s something we feel passionate about for the simple reason that allowing people to easily register local domains easily means more people can try more stuff online easily. Imagine therefore our delight finding out a team [...]
The article below is a statement issued by ZimSwitch on the state and progress made with the ZimSwitch Shared Services payments switching platform. The statement was issued to us as part of the research that we made over the past few weeks for the article Zimbabwe: Of banks, Mobile Money and EcoCash. It has been a busy year [...]
Many like myself are probably wondering about the future of Mobile Money in Zimbabwe. On one side we have EcoCash bullishly rolling out merchant after merchant gathering enough momentum to fully implement a system perhaps even more speedily adopted than M-Pesa of Kenya. On the other hand we have the banks under the banner of [...]
If you have worked or stayed in the Avondale area in Harare, you probably know of a popular food place at the flea market where lots of people religiously enjoy their lunch everyday. I visited the place with a friend today and we were quite intrigued to find they are now accepting Textacash mobile payments.
Yesterday, we received received a press release from Taps Murove, the Operations Manager of a new tech hub set to launch in Harare called, according to the release, Hypercube Technology Trust. Here’s the full release: The launch of Hypercube in November will mark it as the first technology hub in Zimbabwe. In recent years, technology hubs [...]
You might have heard that after years of making BBM exclusive to BlackBerry device customers only, and then watching the WhatsApps and what nots run with the prize, BlackBerry finally woke up. Well, not really, since they are all but yielding the ghost. Anyway, life onwards or not, BlackBerry decided to open up BBM to other platforms, chiefly Android, and maybe later IOS and Windows.
We just got tipped to the news that Econet Wireless – well, the Econet Services part of it – has completed the integration of its EcoCash platform with NMB Bank’s banking platform.
Boarding a Taxi or a public bus – while it might seem like a simple enough task elsewhere; In Zimbabwe It has lately become a very dangerous affair. There have been very recent reports of deaths, robberies and police kidnappings involving taxis. But before this article grabs the attention of the UN and the global sanctions machinery, these reports are very few and far between but by no means non-existent.
When Econet announced launched 4G LTE service last week, they declined to say how much the 4G dongle would cost. They haven’t finalised that they said. So for now we can only speculate based on what we see on the ground plus ofcourse the good old rumour machine.
Seldom do you hear of an operator defying a regulatory directive. So we are surprised that Econet has chosen the defiance path on the order they got from POTRAZ this week to stop the Buddie Zone promotion and revert to the old tariffs by Friday – today.
When Chenjerai Katanda made the Zimbabwe Schools Rugby Sevens team that traveled to Kenya for a tournament in 2009, he recalls that he Naively thought anyone who represented Zimbabwe in such a capacity deserved mention in the media. “Boy was I wrong. Schools sport was not ‘important’ or as they say ‘it does not sell’”.
Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has marked the joint hosting by Zimbabwe and Zambia of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) general assembly by launching one of Africa’s first Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks. The LTE will be launched in the resort town of Victoria Falls, where the assembly will be held from August 24 to 29.
Econet, POTRAZ deputy director general Alfred Marisa said to us in a telephone interview today, jumped the gun with the latest 10 cents per minute tariffs and this is the reason they have been asked to revert to old pricing with immediate effect.
In an interesting twist to the ongoing mobile tariff wars in Zimbabwe, POTRAZ we are told, has today directed Econet to revert to the old punitive pricing of 25 cents per minutes for calls. We just got the information right now from an Econet spokesperson. This is the first time POTRAZ has reacted publicly to the tariff wars.
While discussing the possible pricing of their new VoIP service some time ago, one telecoms executive remarked “Our interconnection pricing is skewed in favour of the incumbents! It’s difficult to make any meaningful money in Zimbabwe as a VoIP provider”.
For the past number of years we have been writing about the fall in broadband prices. Most, if not all, of these decreases are precipitated by two things: a fall in equipment and a fall in upstream bandwidth prices. Despite these commendable developments one area has been lagging behind: VSAT internet. VSAT is still prohibitively expensive.
Under the onslaught of never-ending steep promos from the competition, Econet has today finally announced the a serious slash of mobile tariffs in a move that can only be described as taking the fight to the competition.
I recently accompanied a sick relative to the hospital. As we were waiting for our turn to receive treatment I could not help notice the stark difference between our local hospitals and the ones that I see in Western movies. Our hospitals look empty in comparison.
Econet recently started an ad campaign for a service that will allow subscribers to obtain vanity telephone numbers under a new cell phone number prefix 078. Information on their website did not reveal when the number prefix would be operational.
Top executives in Zimbabwe’s telecoms industry have just told Techzim that mobile license renewal talks between Telecel, POTRAZ and the ministry of Transport, Telecommunications and Infrastructural Development have been finalised.
Zimbabwe has always been a tricky landscape for online ventures. We have seen many an entrepreneur launch an exciting platform only to see it fail. Ventures such as tengesa.com easily come to mind. Don’t get me wrong here; I am not saying we do not have success stories in Zimbabwe.
There’s apparently “an upsurge in the number of offensive and abusive calls and text messages generated from unregistered sim cards” in Zimbabwe, a POTRAZ statement said today citing the reason it was issuing a directive to all mobile operators to disconnect unregistered subscribers with immediate effect. It came a bit as a surprise as all along we thought the issue of unregistered sim cards had been sorted.
Ever wondered what most people are searching for on Google? Well, it’s possible to find that information using a Google tool called Trends. Using Google Trends, you can find what they whole world is searching for on the largest search engine ever created. But you can also drill down to a specific country, Zimbabwe say, and a specific period.
Mukonitronics, a local electronics manufacturer – one of the few in Africa who design and manufacture industrial and consumer power products – contacted us recently to let us know they are currently fighting off clones from China. The company, whose founder we interviewed on this blog some time back, is known locally for durable surge protectors called M-Tron surge protectors, and according to them, this is the product that’s being cloned in China at a fraction of the cost that makes the genuine product appear needlessly expensive.
Earlier today Econet released a statement, its response to the Telecel statement yesterday that basically accused them of throttling traffic. In the statement, which we posted in full here, Econet essentially said they are no under any obligation to have interconnection with Telecel as Telecel are an unlicensed operator. This because Telecel is still to renew its license.
We don’t have to employ work arounds anymore because Facebook allows targeting Zimbos now. if you have tried to advertise on Facebook over the past couple of weeks you will know that Facebook says there’s an estimated 1.1 million active Facebook accounts inn Zimbabwe. The exact figure this morning is 1,140,000. Of those, 65% are male the tool says. men have more access to tech tools than their female counterparts?
One clear measure of the progress that the country is making in connecting its population to the rich resource that is the internet, is the physical infrastructure installed at any particular time. Especially the fibre. So we were too glad to know last week that Liquid Telecom is laying 2.7 km of fibre a day in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe 1st TV went live yesterday as promised. But they are not just beaming to free-to-air satellite TV decoders, the channel is available for online viewing. The channel can be viewed as streaming service you Ustream, viewed as recorded shows on YouTube, and followed on Facebook
When we attended the Liquid Telecom the MD of the fibre operator, Wellington Makamure said that while Zimbabwe’s telecoms industry is lucrative, its one of the most competitive. Nothing speaks more about that heat of competition than a new price cut by ZOL just weeks after the operator announced unlimited internet on all its packages.