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Zimbabwe 6th in Global Narrowband Connecitivity Assessment

And no, I’m not making fun of my beloved country, the word “Narrowband” does exist and Zim is very close to the top. If you’re in Zimbabwe and you’re viewing this blog on a +256 Kbps connection, you’re amoung a priviledged 4% of Zim internet users! In a “State of the Internet” report released by […]

Google Opening Up Wave To More Than 100,000 Testers Tomorrow

I should admit, I never really watched the full Google Wave Developer Preview at Google I/O 2009 video back then in June when TechCrunch’s MG Siegler posted an article about it. Heck, all the developer-this-developer-that talk got me thinking this product didn’t have a decent user-ready face to look at yet. The idea was the […]

The Prime Minister’s Opening Address At 2009 ICT Africa Exhibition

We can’t upload a 10 minute long video speech here due to bandwidth limitations so we posted the MP3 version of Morgan Tsvangirai’s address at the opening of the 2009 ICT Africa Exhibition at the Harare International Conference Center. Tsvangirai Opening 2009 Ict A by Morgan Download now or listen on posterous Morgan_Tsvangirai_Opening_2009_ICT_Africa_Zim.mp3 (10493 KB) […]

Econet Enlists ZTE and Ericsson In $200m Deal To Expand Network

Econet is set to increase its subscriber base from the current 3 million to about 5 million following agreements worth over $170 million with the Swedish Ericsson and ZTE of China The only operator in Zimbabwe with GPRS and EDGE enabled on its base stations, the expansion will propel Econet even further ahead of its […]

And The 2009 ICT Africa Best Stand Winner Is……

Zimbabwe Online (ZOL) scooped this year’s ICT Africa best stand prize beating close contenders Yo! Africa, Toshiba, The Ubuntu Team and WebDev! Before the announcement, almost everyone I spoke to agreed ZOL had beat the other exhibitors hands down. Everyone except ZOL themselves; “Zvine politics izvi Makani, hatimbohwini hazviiti” (This’ a political game Makani, we […]

Ecoweb To Start Offering VSAT Services

I’m told in less than 24 hours Ecoweb will announce their new VSAT satellite Internet services. No Information yet on pricing but that shouldn’t be hard to get once they go public with it. VSAT implementation in Zimbabwe has been contentious issue with the regulator POTRAZ, who at one point went (or threatened to) around […]

3G Modems Available At Econet Service Centres For $120

Can’t afford a new 3G compliant smart phone? Fret not. Econet’s got just the solution for you. You can buy a 3G modem at any Econet service center for about $120. The sleek memory stick sized USB modem is exclusively supplied by Econet, who themselves are supplied by a company going by the name Business […]

The Zimbabwe Ubuntu Loco Team

The Ubuntu stand could have easily been nominated the most lively and most visited stand at the 2009 ICT Africa show. The “Freedom Toaster”, a Linux Installation media vending machine in which you insert a blank CD and burn any locally popular Linux distro was a huge attraction. Was impressed that the local Ubuntu community […]

The Government Internet Service Provider Misleading Its Visitors

Couldn’t wait to see what the Government Internet Service Provider (GISP) was about so at first opportunity I visited them at their 2009 ICT Africa stand . I was surprised (they admitted everyone was) to learn these guys have been operating since 1998. Understandably though, exclusively serving government ministries and departments (parastatals too they say) […]

Telecel Launching 3G Shortly

A week ago we bemoaned the fact that with both NetOne and Telecel not on 3G, Econet subscribers wouldn’t enjoy video calling to friends on these networks. Well, not anymore. We’re told Telecel will be launching its own 3G service in about 3 weeks… moving quite fast to catch up to the world aren’t we! […]

2009 ICT Africa: Day 2

Tomorrow we have a speech/presentation by the Minister of ICT, Nelson Chamisa and the ministry’s permanent secretary. Hopefully I can post a video or audio of it here. Will also post a best stand and worst stand article a day later also… See the full gallery on posterous Posted via email from Technology Zimbabwe Quick […]

2009 ICT Africa: Day 1

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POTRAZ Suspends New IAP Licensing Indefinitely

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has indefinitely suspended the issue of new Internet Access Provider (IAP) licenses from 01 September 2009. The press statement, released on Monday 21 September 2009 is titled “Declaration on Moratorium for New Telecommunication License” and reads in part: “The authority has of late received an unprecedented […]

2009 ICT Africa: Setting Up

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Some Facts About Econet’s 3G

Finally had a chance to talk to an Econet customer service person and here’s some clear information about the 3G service. Is 3G available in all areas with Econet coverage in Zimbabwe? No. As of 28 August 2009, 3G became available in the greater Harare CBD and it remains so to this day. Once you’re […]

This Year’s TechCrunch50 Winner: RedBeacon

This year’s TechCrunch50 winner RedBeacon is a service I’m sure everybody has been wishing for for quite a while now. A refreshingly original idea and very useful service, RedBeacon matches consumers needing virtually any service to qualified local businesses and professionals who can do the job at the time and place you need. When you […]

2009 ICT Africa Exhibition

Arguably the biggest information technology-related public exhibition in the country, 2009 ICT Africa has come. I was there once and was exceedingly impressed by the number of ICT companies present, the range of products and services, open source initiatives and the general management of the expo.  For a second there it felt like I was […]

3G Launch By Econet Very Unclear

A fortnight ago Econet launched the much hyped 3G on its network, marking quite a significant milestone in Zimbabwe’s communications advancement. Strangely enough, however, and much to the nation’s disappointment, the launch did not live up to the company’s renowned reputation. Bluntly put, it was clumsily managed. It’s hard to figure out what’s going on even for my geek […]