Earlier this week, we received a tip in our inbox about a mobile broadband service about to be launched by ZOL, one of Zimbabwe’s largest ISPs. Here:
ZOL has just introduced mobile WiMAX in the 2.5Ghz frequency range. Initially this was available via Econet at 2.5c per Mb with a window period of 30 days and minimum payment of 15 a month for 500Mb. ZOL is charging $29 dollars a month for the service unlimited and pretty decent depending on where you are located.
We made some checks and established this is actually true. Except, the reason it’s not been announced yet is that it’s still under some kind of ‘limited public trial’.
So yes, soon -no idea how soon – there’s going to be another ISP playing in the mobile broadband space, along with Africom, PowerTel, iWayAfrica, and the mobile operators (Econet, Telecel and NetOne). There’s no telling yet how amazing (or disappointing) the ZOL service will be, but judging by that tip there – we’re guessing this is a customer already using it – the key phrase is “pretty decent depending“