POTRAZ will be holding an open-house conference of stakeholders involved in infrastructure sharing in telecoms in the next few days as it finalises the draft sharing agreement readying for transforming into law and possible implementation by end of year.
It’s easy to consider VSAT as an outdated phenomenon that nobody really talks about anymore. With Internet Providers complaining about the cost of VSAT landing fees and the gazetting of new fees reducing them to token figures, one must realise that indeed VSAT is still a technology to consider.
Zimbabwe’s telecoms regulator, POTRAZ, has scrapped the annual fees for VSAT landing rights from $1,500 to a low $20 for C and Ku Band and $30 for Ka Band.
Harare Institute of Technology will hold a series of workshops on technology as part of its 10th Anniversary celebrations.
The second session of the MISA Internet Governance Conference held in Harare recently concluded with startups and online businesses sharing their experiences. The role of technical enablers in the form of Internet Providers and Mobile Operators would have been an interesting discussion, but unfortunately, only TelOne turned up. The discussion also brought onto the spotlight the […]
Telone has introduced hotspots at food outlets in partnership with Innscor. This could be a good development as it quickly multiplies Telone’s numbers and attracts traffic to Innscor outlets.
We have just concluded the first session of the MISA Governance Conference. Here is a summary of the event so far.
Telone is reported to have joined the Labour realignment bandwagon and slashed salaries by 15 percent. It has also implemented a raft of measures to reduce the overall wage bill.
In recent months, we have been seeing the shift in companies from cash sales to the trendy electronic and online platforms. Some of the most unlikely “traditional” corporate are showing an interest in these “new age systems”. Are we finally seeing the start of a huge shift into online payments and mobile payments in Zimbabwe? In this interview, we discuss this dynamic with Vusi Ndebele from local payments aggregator, Paynow.
Local payments gateway, Paynow, is experiencing healthy growth, recording a 30% month-on-month increase in transaction value and volumes. Paynow’s Topup has also managed to process up to 3,000 transactions per month from its launch to date.
MISA will hold an Internet Governance Conference which will dwell on Internet reach, sustainability, governance, content creation & dissemination. While the media will dwell on issues surrounding their viability, it is also prudent for general consumers to join the wider discussions towards coming up with an internet governance framework.
Google has activated YouTube offline video viewing via a download button available on the app during video play. It seems, however, it is only available in countries where the Android One project has been launched.
Android One has just announced that it is launching in Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco and Nigeria.
With the launch is the introduction of the Infinix HOT2-X510 which comes at a recommended price of $87. This is not a high-end device as it is meant to be a low-cost enabler.
With the current quality of service from the operators coupled by the coming in Infrastructure Sharing framework coming, it may be ample time for a Mobile Virtual Network Operator.
G-Tel has made strides into Kenya by partnering with Airtel in a deal structured to take advantage of Airtel’s market share to deliver mobile phones on credit.
Naspers is in negotiations with Vodacom to offer Mobile based VOD services via its new vehicle ShowMax. This move may consolidate Naspers market share in the face of NetFlix expansion.
A pilot exercise by regional member states to reduce roaming tariffs as a means through which to promote regional trade and partnerships under the SADC Home and Away Roaming (SHAR) initiative is underway. However, this development is a bit late in the making and seems to ignore data roaming charges.
The Meikles group is developing a loyalty card that is similar to the MyClub Card but looking to enhance it with banking services. Most conventional mobile money transactions are going to be covered by the card.
At the IPA Zimbabwe fireside chat, an important aspect was brought up regarding the argument of innovation and importation of external solutions to a local problem. Should imported ideas tweaked to a local problem be considered innovation?
With the consistent shortage in ZESA electricity, I am seriously wondering why solar laptops are not a popular idea. Wouldn’t a solar powered laptop solve the battery problem for a lot of people?
From a new phablet to add-on keyboards, here is a look at the impressive lineup unveiled by Samsung at its recent product launch.
As it turns out, in addition to the Nettcash app, the ZB Mobile App also offers agents a platform to sell ZESA prepaid tokens from their mobile phones. The functionality of the App, however, is clouded by the availability of POS which are probably prioritised for their physical receipts.
The ZESA prepaid token ecosystem is not as efficient as we would want it to be with constant reports of downtime for “upgrades” and the sort with most distributors letting consumers pass the blame to ZESA for their distribution challenges
Most tech startups and techies in general, believe that the world is as tech literate as they are and the solutions they provide seem to miss this point.
Banks have been given an ultimatum by the RBZ to submit financial inclusion plans within the next four months, a late development considering that banks have laid back while Ecocash and Telecash established a presence in the market.
This month Aruba Networks will host a series of public meetings discussing WiFi solutions applicable in Zimbabwe by various players. Besides selling its products, the HP company will give the public an opportunity to understand the retail broadband solutions available to them.
Many would like to believe that internet is now cheaper in Zimbabwe but other than the promotional packages i feel that we are still a bit high. Mobile data which would provide the most convenient delivery of internet is ridiculously expensive.
Mahindra Comviva’s payPLUS mPOS solution has been accepted into the Visa Ready Program and delivers payments according to Visa standards. This development will increase their appeal as a trusted payments provider.
With the current developments in labour where perpetual employment has been virtually terminated, credit rating systems will become crucial in providing benchmarks through which companies offering products on credit can reference credit worthiness.
Liquid Telecom CEO Nic Rudnick has landed on the “50 African Trailblazers” list for his exploits at Liquid and recognition in the telecoms industry. He joins the likes of Didier Drogba, African Billionaires Mo Ibrahim and Aliko Dangote, music legend Hugh Masekela and Ghana actress Yvonne Nelson among other businessman.