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Author: Tendai Mupaso


Techwomen Zimbabwe targeting 50% representation in all STEM professions

Techwomen Zimbabwe, the organisation spearheading the global technology entrepreneurship program for girls called the Technovation challenge in Zimbabwe, is targeting 50% representation in all Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) professions. Speaking during the Techwoman Zimbabwe presentation held on Tuesday at the US embassy public affairs office, Rumbidzai Mlambo and Aretha Mare (founding members of […]


Mark Zuckerberg claims to have called Obama over US internet surveillance

  Facebook CEO has once again astonished the world by claiming that he called the most powerful person in the world, President Barack Obama, to express his frustration over alleged governments surveillance of Facebook and the Internet in general. Given that Facebook’s own privacy record is not squeaky clean, this comes as a bit of […]


Telecash interoperability taking shape as insurance companies come on board

Telecel launched Telecash with interoperability as their main trump card and that promise seems to taking shape gradually. . Today Telecel announced via their Facebook page that Telecash users could now pay their insurance premiums via the mobile money service. Based on the announcement and advert, the service seems to be only active with three […]


BOStv Director says channel targeting a return on 1 April, as paid channel

Free to air channel BOStv has been off air for some time now amid irregularities with their licensing as a satellite broadcaster. The troubled channel was also at the centre of a storm in Botswana last year after a rival station accused BOStv of screening SABC content illegally in Botswana. Over the past few weeks, […]


Road Angels’ Road Assist app now available for iOS devices

On 30 January 2014 Techzim announced that Road Angels’ “Road Angels Assist “ had made it’s debut on Google Play. During that time, the Road Angels told us that the app would be coming to the Apple Store is a  few weeks and true to their word, today we can announce that iOS users can […]


Techzim Podcast: thoughts on Dennis Magaya, Bitcoin’s future and the #MWC14

The story on Dennis Magaya’s dismissal from Powertel was a contentious issue on Techzim.co.zw and also dominated the discussions in this podcast. We also discussed the auto registrations to EcoCash, the RBZ’s directive to mobile money operators, the demise of MtGox and the Samsung Galaxy S5. William Chui also shares is experiences at the Mobile […]


ICT Ministry’s e-Tech Africa Expo 2014 scheduled for 12-14 March

The Ministry of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services will host the e-Tech Africa Expo 2014 next week from 12 to 14 March at the Harare International Conference Center (HICC). The theme of the expo and the conference, which will run concurrently, is “Promoting Competitiveness and Sustainable Growth Through ICTs”. According to information gathered […]


Econet Zero in early glitch as some customers report being charged on free sites (update)

Update: We have since tested Econet Zero again and Wikipedia is now working. Econet has also advised that they have fixed the minor glitch. Econet yesterday announced a ground-breaking product called Econet Zero which gives all Econet Broadband subscribers free access to more than 50 educational websites. Amid all the fan fare of the launch […]


MultiChoice Zim follows SA lead and increases local DStv subscriptions

MultiChoice South Africa yesterday announced that it will increase DStv subscriptions in South Africa effective 1 April 2014. The increases will affect the major bouquets – Premium, Extra, Compact, Family and Select. Unfortunately, the increases will not remain south of the Limpompo.  MultiChoice Zimbabwe has confirmed to Techzim that local DStv subscribers will be expected […]


Astro to launch Mobi Store next week, we are cautiously excited about it

Local mobile devices brand Astro is set to launch a new product called the Astro Mobi Store at the e-Tech Africa Expo 2014 scheduled for 12-14 March 2014. Yesterday I was at the Astro offices in Harare and had a chat with the Astro CEO, Munyaradzi Gwatidzo who gave me a glimpse of the Astro Mobi […]


Econet announces Econet Zero: free access to these 50+ educational websites

Today, Econet Wireless, announced the launch of a new product called Econet Zero, which extends their existing initiative; EcoSchool. Econet Zero gives all Econet subscribers free access to more than 50 educational websites. Early this year MTN South Africa introduced free access to Wikipedia but Econet has pushed the envelope further and presenting the new product, Econet’s […]


GOtv latest: signal switched off because of unspecified shareholding issues

Following an article we published yesterday on GOtv, the now shut low cost pay TV has issued another statement partially explaining the blackout. We now know that GOtv was shut down because of unspecified shareholding issues. The latest GOtv statements says GOtv is a joint venture between MultiChoice Africa, DAE and state owned Transmedia corporation. […]


RBZ Directive on mobile money agent wars: Econet says exclusivity up to agents

  Late last week we broke the story on the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe’s directive to mobile money service providers, which basically said that mobile money agents can conduct services for multiple mobile financial service providers. No exclusivity except if special waiver requested. This follows a complaint to the Reserve Bank by Telecel that the biggest […]


GOtv says little on blackout and offers subscribers refund on decoders

  DStv’s low cost service GOtv issued a statement last week Tuesday on the blackout on service, but the statement fell short and left more questions than answers. The statement only announced to subscribers that they could now get a $75 refund upon return of their GOtv decoders but falls short of explaining what’s exactly […]


Reserve Bank investigating Econet over EcoCash auto-registrations

Last week, allegations emerged that Econet was automatically registering subscribers to its EcoCash mobile money service. The official Econet response to the allegations was a failed spin that tried to deny allegations, only stating that it was against company policy to do that. However, the official Econet Twitter account confirmed the allegations in response to […]


Breaking: Reserve Bank issues directive on mobile money agents. Telecash wins

We have just received the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe’s official position on the mobile money agents war that was playing out between EcoCash and Telecash. The issue started after Telecel claimed that Econet was blocking them from accessing mobile money agents registered to rival mobile money provider EcoCash. Telecel then lodged an official complaint with […]


Africom’s 100mb for $1 is OK, but not good enough because it’s not unlimited

Today’s online media was awash recycling the story in the Herald on Africom’s extended Crossover promotion which now has an added 100mb for $1. Africom is now offering 100mb of data for $1 with the data valid for 1 day. At face value the promo looks like a game changer. $10 for 1GB? Econet gives […]


Special edition Techzim podcast: Mobile World Congress 2014 updates

This is a special Techzim podcast covering the Mobile World Congress taking place in Barcelona Spain. Techzim writer Tendai Mupaso made a Skype call to William Chui who is currently in Barcelona Spain attending the Congress and they spoke indepth about what’s taking place at the congress. Key areas covered in this Techzim podcast are […]


Econet Wireless Zimbabwe wins award at the Mobile World Congress #MWC14

Zimbabwe’s leading mobile network operator Econet Wireless yesterday received a Global Mobile Award at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Econet’s Energize the Chain Vaccine Project in Zimbabwe was named the best in the Mobile Health Product or Service category. Explaining the Econet award, the Global Mobile Awards wrote on their website: Every year vaccine-preventable […]


Samsung Galaxy S5 rules head to head spec comparison with iPhone 5S and S4

The Samsung Galaxy S5 unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona a day or two ago seems to have one on the iPhone 5S if specs are anything to go by. As far as the specs are concerned, the Samsung Galaxy S5 has superior processing power, camera, display, memory, battery and has matched the […]


Property24.co.zw update: Company looking to grow organically in Zimbabwe

A few weeks back we revealed that the continent’s biggest multimedia and eCommerce company Naspers, had entered the Zimbabwean webspace with Property24.co.zw. Today, we finally got a response to some questions we forwarded to them concerning this development. Judging from their response, it appears the company’s entry into Zimbabwe is not as decisive as their […]


Facebook finally ends redundant @facebook.com email addresses

So finally Facebook finally decided to do away with an email service they forced on people, but people never used anyway. The email service which is based on your Facebook username (e.g: tendai.mupaso@facebook.com) was introduced back in 2010 then made “compulsory” for  Facebook users in 2012. The @facebook.com emails became the publicly displayed emails instead […]


Samsung Galaxy S5 unveiled #MWC14: Improved battery, camera & protection

Samsung today unveiled their new flagship Galaxy S5, Samsung Gear 2 and the Samsung Gear Fit at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Spain. All three devices will be released in close to 150 countries on the 11th of April this year. The main improvements on the Galaxy S5 are on the design, the camera, […]


Telecash moving on, now advertising Agents that can’t be “ruffled” by Econet

For the first time since its launch. Telecel’s Telecash has started advertising its mobile money agent network in the local press. Telecel is currently embroiled in a bitter wrangle with Econet over access to mobile money agents that first signed up with EcoCash. The dispute is currently in the hands of the Reserve Bank of […]


Latest Techzim Podcast: Whatsapp bundles, Telecash-EcoCash reader comments, Bitcoin

We had another interesting podcast were we discussed the recently introduced Whatsapp bundle from Econet, Baba Jukwa’s announcement to shut down his page and we had the opportunity to explorer what our reader had to say about the Telecash-EcoCash “war for agents”. We would really appreciate your feedback and general comments on the podcast and […]


Steward Bank’s EcoCash enabled Diaspora banking not so clear

Steward Bank announced via Tweeter and Facebook a new product line that they are calling Diaspora Banking. The service is targeting Zimbabwean in the Diaspora to open any of the four Diaspora account products namely the Diaspora Current Account, Diaspora Savings Account, Diaspora Fixed Deposit Account and the Diaspora EcoCash Banking Services. The Diaspora EcoCash […]


Locally developed BMI Calculator app lands Opera Top apps for 2013 award

Locally developed Body Mass Index or BMI Calculator app for symbian devices received the Opera Top App awards for 2013 in the Health and Sports category. The BMI app was developed by Avelgood Apps, a Bulawayo based company that develops varying mobile apps. Commenting about the award on their blog, the company said: We are […]


Powertel introduces 0.50c/day unlimited mobile broadband package for students

Powertel has introduced a new package or promotion targeting students called the “Scholar Pack”. The new package is offering college and university students unlimited surfing and downloads for just $0.50 per day. Over a thirty day period, this will translate to $15 for unlimited broadband, making it the cheapest broadband deal in Zimbabwe. The prepaid […]


When will Facebook kill WhatsApp’s ‘no ads, no games, no gimmicks’ stance?

  Today we woke up to the biggest news in Tech so far this year. Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp has already got people worked on what will become of the popular messaging app, which arguably has more users than Facebook in Zimbabwe. Both parties in the deal moved quickly to squash any uncertainty […]


Facebook agrees to buy Whatsapp for $19 billion

  Social media giant Facebook has just announced, the purchase of instant messaging app Whatsapp. Commenting on the deal his Facebook wall, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg did not say how much Facebook will pay for the IM which has 450 million users, but the deal is rumored to be in the region of $19 billion […]