Zimbabwe and regional technology news and updates

Telegram update brings profile video feature, file size limit has been increased to 2 GB and more

Telegram, the social media application that allowed Zimbabweans to circumvent the internet shutdown has released an update with a number of new features. The raft of new and updated features includes: (takes a deep breath) Video profile feature Improvements to the photo editor Improved “people nearby” Mini thumbnails Chat filtering Group stats Increasing file size […]

Econet giving customers 3 free minutes as an apology for service disruption

Econet has had a rough few weeks when it comes to technical issues. At the beginning of the month there was a nationwide black out of services and then on Friday some Econet customers reported experiencing service disruptions. As an apology for the latest disruption Econet posted the following: NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS Dear Valued Customer,Enjoy […]

ZimLive selected for Google’s COVID-19 journalism relief fund

Local news outlet is going to be a beneficiary of Google’s COVID-19 journalist relief fund. Google launched this fund to support small and medium-sized news organizations that produce local and original news. “Local news is a vital resource for keeping people and communities connected in the best of times. Today, it plays an even […]

Lenovo’s Legion Duel gaming smartphone is a beast!

I may have said, in the review of the Samsung A51, that I am not a fan of mobile gaming. My stance on this hasn’t changed but this smartphone is from a specs perspective, really really impressive. The gaming smartphone market has some impressive and established entries. The Asus ROG Phone 3, Razer Phone 2, […]

TelOne releases new prices for broadband

Following hot on the heels of ZOL, TelOne have reviewed their prices for broadband. These prices will take effect from the 1st of August: TelOne residential broadband Package Download Cap US$ ZWL$ Home Basic 10GB 10.00 722.00 Home Basic Night 20GB 13.00 938.00 Home Extra 15GB 11.00 794.00 Home Plus 30GB 17.00 1,227.00 Home Plus […]

Instagram is rolling out a fundraising feature

Instagram announced that they will rolling out a way for users on the platform to fundraise. This could be for a personal cause, for someone they may know going through a difficult time, a small business or any number of initiatives. The reasons behind this decision seem to be the coronavirus and social movements that […]

ZOL prices in local currency jump to match the “official” rate

ZOL has updated prices for packages in local currency to match the forex auction rate announced on Tuesday. The new prices, which take effect from the 1st of August 2020 are as follows: Home and Office Package Name Data USD Z$ Home Fibroniks Zoom 10GB (Pay As You Go) 11 794 Fibroniks Lite 40GB (Pay […]

WhatsApp beta update, multiple account logins and advanced search

Last month we reported that WhatsApp was working on three new features. Search by date, multiple account login, and way to more clearly monitor storage usage. Well, WABetaInfo has revealed some images from WhatsApp beta Multiple logins So we all know that you can only use your WhatsApp account on one mobile device at […]

Digitising agricultural value chains. What has technology brought to farmers in Zimbabwe?

The ability to consistently produce food is one of the many reasons why societies as complex as ours are possible. With some assurances that there will be a means of sustenance people began to settle into communities. Be it growing crops or domesticating animals, mankind began to slowly emerge from surviving on what nature provided […]

All NetOne outlets will be closed tomorrow 23 July, NetOne also announce new operating hours

In a press statement NetOne has said that all of its outlets will be closed tomorrow and have outlined operating hours from Friday the 24th of July onwards: Shop Opening Hours Thursday 23 July 2020 All Shops Will Be Closed Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday thereafter:Open 0900 – 1100hrs Bulawayo Main Kwekwe Kariba Mutare Bulawayo […]

2% tax still lives even during a global pandemic, if only Zimbabwe were Kenya

The Finance Ministry, on Thursday last week published the mid-year budget review, in this they outlined the “progress” the country has made over the past six months. The more interesting part of that were the proposals set forward by the Minister. Some of these measures were aimed at mitigating the financial woes Zimbabweans are currently […]

Strict Covid-19 restrictions return

The following measures were announced by the President this evening and will take effect from tomorrow: All non-working sections of our population will be required to stay at home; except for purposes of securing food, water and health services. Where travel and social contact becomes essential and inevitable, every Zimbabwean should and must uphold the […]

RBZ forex auction round 5, rate now at 72.15

The fifth Foreign Exchange has been completed and the results are as follows: New rate is ZWL$72.147 The highest rate ZWL$82.17000 The lowest rate ZWL$55.00 The lowest accepted rate ZWL$70.00 Total bids amounted to US$20 316 153.74 Allotted amountUS$14 853 708.88 PURPOSE AMOUNT ALLOTTED US$ Raw Material 7 417 479.47 Machinery and Equipment 2 309 […]

Econet to shut down all shops from tomorrow because some employees tested positive for COVID-19

Econet Wireless released the following statement: NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS Dear Valued Customer, We regret to announce that some of our staff members tested positive to COVID-19 and are now quarantined. Strict measures around contact-tracing and testing have been taken on these cases as guided by the Ministry of Health and Child Care.There has been a […]

Domestic USD NOSTRO cards: Seems like govt employees were short-changed… again.

The government last month promised to give civil servants an allowance of US$75.00 a month after they protested against the working conditions as well as the poor wages they were being given. The government also said that this foreign currency that Civil Servants would be getting wouldn’t be in cash but will be a deposit […]

Face to face lectures suspended in all colleges due to increasing COVID-19 cases

With the increasing number of coronavirus cases, the Permanent Secretary for Higher and Tertiary Education Professor Fanuel Tagwira has called for the suspension of all face to face lectures in colleges and polyclinics. RE: SUSPENSION OF FACE-TO-FACE LECTURES ON CAMPUS IN ALL TERTIARY EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS It is now observed that Covid-19 cases are escalating daily […]

Monetising Zoom calls through M-Pesa [Kenya]

With the popularity of Zoom during the coronavirus pandemic, it was just a matter of time till this service was in some way monetised on the user end. With cases on the rise and people looking for alternatives that limit the disruption of business, Safaricom’s M-Pesa seems to have struck on a solution for businesses […]

Bankers Association of Zimbabwe has released a statement in support of the Forex Auction

The Bankers Association of Zimbabwe (BAZ), whose main mandate is to support the banking business of member banks, supports the Foreign Exchange Auction Trading System introduced by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) on 17 June 2020 and became operational with effect from 23 June 2020. The introduction of a Foreign Exchange Auction Trading System […]

ZIMSTAT have shut down their offices after employees tested positive for COVID-19

The Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT) has closed down operations after employees tested positive for the Coronavirus. This shut down means that their scheduled training programs which were to be held this week (20th to the 25th of July) have been called off. On the 18th of July ZIMSTAT ordered its staff not to come […]

Stanbic introduces QR Code payment solution, here’s why it won’t work

Stanbic has partnered with Slydepay to offer QR code payment to Stanbic Zimbabwe customers. Stanbic Bank say that their customers can download Slydepay app to access QR Code payments. What is Slydepay? Slydepay is a mobile money platform that was developed by a Ghanaian company called DreamOval Limited. Slydepay allows businesses and individuals to create […]

DStv payments will be unavailable from 19 to 20 July due to scheduled maintenance

IMPORTANT NOTE TO DStv CUSTOMERS Due to a scheduled systems upgrade, subscription payments will be unavailable between Sunday, 19 July at 21:00 until Monday, 20 July at 16:00. DStv customers are encouraged to make payments before this time to avoid interruption in viewing. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please watch this space for more […]

Telecom26 to provide connectivity to infectious disease testing programs in Zimbabwe

Telecom26 has announced that a partnership with long-time client SystemOne who’s initiative is to enable real-time testing results communication to help timely containment and treatment of infectious diseases will be extended to Ghana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Background Telecom26 is an independent global mobile network operator (MNO) founded in Switzerland in 2012. They have their own […]

IBM appoints first female African region head

IBM named Angela Kyerematen-Jimoh as the new regional head for North East and West Africa. She becomes the first woman and African to be appointed in this position by IBM. Before this she served as Chief of Staff to the senior vice president of IBM in New York. Kyerematen-Jimoh first joined IBM in 2011 as […]

ZTE and MTN partner to launch indoor 5G router in South Africa

ZTE Corporation has launched its first 5G router (CPE MC801 A) in South Africa. This launch comes in collaboration with MTN, the router will support the latest Wi-Fi 6 and will allow multiple users to use it simultaneously. ZTE’s 5G router supports NSA (Non-standalone) & SA (standalone) 5G networks which are in line with 4G […]

Facebook Messenger extends screen sharing in video calls to iOS and Android

Facebook announced that they will be extending the screen sharing feature for Message Rooms and Messenger video calls to mobile. This feature will now be available in Messenger and Message Rooms video calls on iOS and Android mobile apps. Putting them in step with Zoom, who already offer the feature on mobile. The initial roll […]

Verified Twitter accounts hacked in a crypto-scam

Last night Twitter verified accounts were hacked, these accounts included those of prominent international figures and companies Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Joe Biden, Uber and more. The hack left the following post (which had a link): Twitter moved to remove the tweets and suspended some functionality to verified accounts. The initial wave of […]

Muchenje v NetOne is going the full 12 rounds

The NetOne circus keeps on going as yesterday the Muchenje got a small victory. His termination by the NetOne board only 24 hours after his reinstatement has been overturned. HOWEVER this is only until NetOne themselves file a reply to a reversal of termination filed by Muchenje. Muchenje went to the High Court on Monday […]

Multichoice Showmax Pro is now available in Zimbabwe

Following on a report from earlier this month, Multichoice unveiled a new product Showmax Pro. The initial rollout only had it available only in Nigeria and Kenya, but that list of countries has been expanded. The list is as follows: Benin Democratic Republic of the Congo Guinea-Bissau Rwanda Botswana Cote d’Ivoire Liberia São Tomé and […]

Telecoms regulation and licencing, what’s what?

There is a period when a new technology becomes known of, or is available. This period, for a lack of better term, is referred to as the “wild west”. This is when everything is expanding rapidly, first to those who can afford it or the government and then lastly and slowly to the public. In […]

The allure of easy money, what seems too good to be true, usually is

Zimbabwe is not a stranger to crisis. We have moved from one economic crisis to another over the last couple of decades. This has, on one hand, made Zimbabweans very adaptive and innovative. On the other hand the dire situation has made people look for alternatives that assure them an easy win. We have seen […]