Today, Spiritage Group introduced Brodacom, its new company that will offer new voice telephony and broadband internet services. A teaser advert appeared in the local papers yesterday and we incorrectly attributed the new services to Valley Technologies, a Spiritage owned internet access provider. And as we have learned today, the services are actually under the new company and brand.
The official website for the new company is www.brodacom.com. On the website a number of products and services are listed, notably:
- Brodahome / broadBand, an internet services product for homes and business.
- Tokmo, a prepaid voice service;
- Tokbusiness mobile, a postpaid voice service,
- Value Added Services like Mobile Banking, Push Mail, Push to Talk, Tele & Video Conferencing, SMS and Multi-media Messaging Services (MMS). Mostly the standard services that mobile operators offer.
There also is a BrodaStore which we didn’t succeed accessing, even through the search function. From the information we got when we toured the Spiritage Network Operations Center some months back, the store will probably offer gadgets and downloads that subscribers can buy directly from the site.
The one thing missing which we looked for is the tariff table. We’re curious to compare Brodacom tariffs to voice and data tariffs by incumbent telecoms operators (NetOne, Econet, Telecel, TelOne and Africom). The last Valley Tech tariff schedule released in April this year, had tariffs as ultra low as Africom’s. Then, Valley Tech declined to confirm if the tariffs would be the same at launch. We hope they are.
On voice coverage, the advertisements say that initially it’ll just be Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare and Chitungwiza. If you’re wondering how that compares to Africom, it looks like Africom has larger coverage for now (they have Marondera and Rusape as well).
Though Brodacom hasn’t mentioned it yet, the company faces the same issue of technology that Africom faces: The network is not GSM, so to start using the Brodacom voice services, a subscriber will need to buy a new supported mobile phone. Still, if you’d like to reserve a cool phone number and to make migration as painless for your contacts as possible, you can reserve your Brodacom phone number here: www.reserveyournumber.co.zw.
Update (July 13, 1600hrs): In the time since we posted the article, Spiritage has just replaced their website with a quickly slapped-together “Website Coming Soon!” message. Turns out it wasn’t ready for public viewing.
The www.reserveyournumber.co.zw website, which was supposed to go live at 2PM today, unfortunately didn’t meet the schedule for some reason. It still says “Site accessible from 2pm”)