Internet for Africa, LTE from Telecel, Econet job losses – Podcast

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In this episode of the podcast, we discuss the LTE opportunity for Zimbabwe and how Telecel is approaching it, the 100 employees retrenched at Econet, Tecno entering the Zimbabwean market, Facebook’s investment into African internet and the new Microsoft devices. Please feel free to share your thoughts on these topics on this platform or on any of our social media accounts.


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  1. Watch out apple says:

    I think you need a special article on the new microsoft devices it well worth it

  2. Price says:

    You all talking about devices .How many of you can afford lte internet if its available. Don’t complain when your phone finishes $10 airtime in 30min and say MNO are now stealing your money. Most people still cant even afford 3g at moment due to current economic liquidity – See more at:

    1. Block dem apps! says:

      I think it’s just a matter of learning to manage your device and the apps on it. Manually switching down to 3g is possible on a lot of phones now. And as for apps, something like Opera Max will not only help track and block specific apps (blocked apps will ask for permission!) but will also compress unencrypted data traffic saving you even more! These days there’s hardly a mb used on my phone that i didn’t intend to use.

    2. Khal Drogo says:

      I don’t see why Telcel need to delay to deploy LTE, let us who can afford it use it and enjoy FaceTime on our cellphones.

      1. William Chui says:

        But the question begs Khal, what will their return on investment be? Are there enough people with these devices using their network? Will they recoup their investment in a quicker time than if they focused on 3G base stations?

        1. kellerman says:

          everyone is going to have an LTE phone..

        2. Khal Drogo says:

          Yes, they will recoup their investment as the latest flagship smartphone have data hungry mobile apps wating into bandwidth. Is LTE here to stay, whether you like it or not. That is unfair for people who have LTE enabled phones. By the time Telcel rollout (LTE) standard other (MNO) Mobile Network Operators will be on (LTE) Advanced.

  3. mwanamwana says:

    There is a big difference between the Surface tablet and the Surface Book, they are not the same device but you will see that when you decide to do an article about that.
    The Econet layoffs could be opportunities for the tech industry for the country and the guys leaving Econet probably have better wallets and better perspective of the opportunities that lie untapped here, check what other guys have done when they left a tech giant. They should just not pull off a Wazara move, though it was bold one just wrong choices of tech.
    Facebook for parts of Africa and Google with what they are doing in India now with connecting the unconnected is plan to grow a future customer base which would be free for now and when the new user realises a need to be always connected and are more productive because of it, then the Internet infrastructure gets used more and translate that into making dollars for themselves.
    Google already owns satellites in space through O3B networks. Seacom has recently stated that only 5% of its undersea cable capacity is being utilised, its 5Tbps capacity and 240Gbps are used at the moment, image where Liquid is at on utilisation on the inner part of the continent. So increase future demand by enticing new customer base then we are good to go.
    Facebook and Google are trying to cover the last mile as much as possible…
    Telecel, no comment.

  4. Khal Drogo says:

    I don’t see why Telcel need to delay to deploy LTE, let us who can afford it use it and enjoy FaceTime on our cellphones.

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