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Here are some details about TelOne’s new billing system #AfricaCom

About 2 weeks ago, we wrote about TelOne’s switching from the uncapped but throttled model of billing to a prepaid capped one for the ADSL product. The previous model was not something of their choosing; the circumstance that forced it on them was the lack of a proper billing system to measure data allocation and capping.

Announcing Zimbabwe’s first ePayments Forum

Convenient payment options are a critical and often cited sticking point for commercial and economic development. Numerous discussions have taken place around the need for increased electronic payment methods as a means to overcome time, socio-economic, and logistical constraints amongst others.

How Transparency Int is using SMS to fight corruption in Zimbabwe

Last week, Transparency International Zimbabwe (TI-Z), launched an Interactive SMS Platform to help Zimbabweans report corruption activities in the country. Witnesses and victims of corruption will be able to send SMSs to the platform to report such cases as bribery and cheating, says the communication we got from the organisation. Since last week, TI-Z says […]

Apps4Africa 2012 Zimbabwe brainstorming session tomorrow

As you’ve probably seen in our events calendar, Apps4Africa 2012 is here. Like the previous one, the sub-Saharan funding competition challenge is split into three regional competitions for East Africa, West & Central Africa, and the Southern Africa region which Zimbabwe falls under. Unlike the 2011 edition though, the competition is not about coming up with three […]

PowerTel introduces weekly & biweekly mobile broadband packages

In what is certainly a first in the market locally, PowerTel is introducing weekly and biweekly uncapped internet packages. The move according to PowerTel marketing manager Willard Nyagwande, has been necessitated by the need to flexibly accommodate subscribers who just want to use the service product for a week or two. Such customers could for […]

Press Release: Telecel gives 100% bonus on all scratch cards

Telecel customers now receive 100 percent bonus airtime whenever they use a scratch card or electronic voucher to load airtime, no matter what denomination card they use. They also receive free SMSs whenever they load airtime worth $2.00 or more. The bonus on-net airtime and SMSs were introduced today (Friday) in a new promotion dubbed […]

TelOne switches ADSL service to prepaid, enforces data capping

If you’re a TelOne ADSL customer, then you probably know that TelOne wasn’t enforcing your ADSL package data cap. That is, say you were paying for the US $30 Basic package that has a data cap of 10GB, it was really unlimited; you could literally use 1TB of data if you wanted, without an issue. Well, that honeymoon […]

VAS entrepreneur takes Telecel to court over Mega Promo

The local mobile VAS company which, last month threatened to sue Telecel over what it said was stolen VAS concept, has just done so. A report in the Herald today says Mobile Connexion has filed a lawsuit in the High Court against Telecel. The lawsuit is an escalation of the matter by Mobile Connexion after Telecel refused […]

Internet Explorer only!

Remember the website that the Registrar General’s office launched last week where Zimbabweans can access a Zimbabwean passport form, fill it in, print it and take to the passport offices for further processing? Well,   On the ground however, things stand like so,   Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime […]

Zim Registrar General’s ‘passport forms website’ going on and off

The Registrar General department’s website which was revealed yesterday in a report announcing the availability of digital passport forms online see to have some issues. It may be that the department wasn’t quite ready to go digital yet. Since yesterday, the website has been going on and off. We have been experiencing it ourselves and information we […]

Econet increases EcoCash mobile money transaction limits

Econet, Zimbabwe’s largest telecommunications firm, and now arguably the largest mobile money transfer services provider in the country, announced recently the increase of daily and monthly transactions limits for its EcoCash service. The changes were effected on 25 September 2012. Where previously an EcoCash user had a daily spending limit of US $500, the amount […]

Court clears way for Econet to claim more than $3 Billion in Nigeria

Yesterday, Econet Wireless International sent out a press statement announcing the dismissal by the High Court in Nigeria of an application by Bharti Airtel to block an International Commercial Tribunal from quantifying compensation and damages owed to Econet.  Airtel, an Indian telecommunications group, was seeking to prevent an assessment of the “quantum of damages and […]

Presentation: Building a vibrant ICT Industry in Zimbabwe

After posting an article two days ago about presentations made at the ongoing eTech Africa event in Harare, readers asked us to publish a video of Mkhululi Ndlovu’s presentation about Building a vibrant ICT industry in Zimbabwe. We don’t have a video but we managed to get the full presentation document and we have an audio recording to […]

One billion people milestone for Facebook!

Mark Zuckerburg, the famous founder and CEO of the world’s largest social network Facebook, announced today that his company now has more than 1 billion monthly active users. The announcement was made on the site by the 28-year-old billionaire: This morning, there are more than one billion people using Facebook actively each month. If […]

4 executives in Africa among world’s most powerful people in telecoms

Four executives in African telecoms companies have been listed in the Global Telecoms Business Power 100, a list of the world’s most powerful individuals in telecommunications. The four are; Zimbabwean born Sifiso Dabengwa the CEO of MTN in South Africa, Shameel Joosub the CEO of the Vodacom Group, Chris Wood, the chairman of undersea fibre […]

POTRAZ to introduce new pricing model for mobile operators

Zimbabwe’s state owned daily, The Herald, reports today that POTRAZ, the local telecoms regulator will be introducing a new cost-based pricing model for telecommunications operators. Quoting POTRAZ deputy director general, Alfred Marisa, the report says the Long Run Incremental Cost (LRIC) method will be adopted by the regulator. We are in the process of coming […]

IDSS hosts cocktail to introduce Cyberoam UTM Solution

This week we attended a corporate cocktail event in Harare hosted by Integrated Digital Security Solutions (IDSS), a company so far known for the distribution of the Eset security solutions in Zimbabwe. The focus of the Cocktail was on a different product though; a relatively new a unified threat management (UTM) solution called Cyberoam. As authorised distributor for the territory, […]

DEMO Africa announces shortlist of 40 tech startups

In less than a month the first DEMO Africa tech startups event will take place in Nairobi, Kenya. In preparation for the event, the organisers have released a shortlist of 40 startups from different countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to launch at DEMO Africa next month. “This has been a very enriching exercise seeing the kind […]

Advice for the ICT Minister, Nelson Chamisa, from some Zimbabweans

About a week ago, after Zimbabwe’s ICT Minister Nelson Chamisa declared it was time to read the riot act on the country’s mobile operators for poor service delivery, we decided to crowd source some advice for the minister through our Facebook page. We asked the following of the 4,300 people that follow our page: If […]

Have an innovative idea in science, technology & business? read this

Recently we were pointed to an innovation challenge that we think is a great opportunities if you’re an innovator and in need for both exposure and some investment. The challenge was announced in July but thankfully, if you’re reading this now, you still have more than 5 weeks to participate; the deadline for submission is […]

Press Release: Econet customer base surges to 7 million

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe’s customer base has surged to over seven million connected users from 6.4 million in February and has the capacity to rise further to 8.5 million customers. In a statement, the company, which will report on its half year results in the second week of October, said that after a slow start due […]

ICT Africa 2012 to host an Apple/Samsung debate

As you may know, The ICT Africa 2012 exhibition will be held in Harare about a week from now. We just received a press release with an update of mostly the content of this year’s exhibition. The update says as this year’s event marks the 25th year since the first ICT Africa exhibition was held […]

Econet and NetOne agree to resume interconnection pending main hearing

Reports on yesterday’s High Court hearing on the interconnection dispute between Econet and NetOne say the two mobile operators made a “draft consent order” yesterday in which Econet agreed to resume interconnection services with NetOne pending the main hearing on the matter. The date of the hearing will be set after Econet files its arguments […]

Full text of NetOne’s [REVISED] notice on interconnection dispute with Econet

When Econet terminated interconnection services with NetOne for a day on 23 August 2012, NetOne responded with a public notice published in the local newspapers on Friday, 24 August 2012. We posted the full text of the notice here. A day later, NetOne release another notice, the one below. It’s in many parts similar to the […]

Full text of Econet’s public notice to terminate NetOne Interconnection

Earlier, we reported that Econet issued a notice in the Zimbabwean newspapers today advising that it will terminate interconnection services to NetOne today following the “repudiation of interconnection agreement by NetOne”. Below is the full text of the notice as published in the Herald. We have contacted both NetOne and POTRAZ to get a comment on […]

Westchase receives 2012 Microsoft Partner of the Year award

  Westchase Consultants, a local ICT solutions company that develops business application based on Microsoft platforms was recognized recently as 2012 Microsoft Partner of the Year for the Zimbabwean region. Westchase founder and managing director, Mkhululi Ndlovu, was presented with the award at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Canada last month. Westchase was […]

Econet changes eTXT tariffs to weekly and monthly subscription model

Econet Wireless, Zimbabwe’s largest telecoms firm, has changed the tariff model of its eTXT service from per message charging to a weekly and monthly subscription model. eTXT subscribers will now pay US 30 cents a week for unlimited messages, or, if they prefer, $1 for a month’s month. Previously, each eTXT message cost 2 cents. […]

Econet Press Release: Update on EcoCash upgrade

When you are in Europe or America, it is possible to move around without any cash in your pocket as long as you have a credit card or a debit card. Governments in developed countries have long urged their citizens to transact electronically. This is known as a ‘cashless society’. It is fast, cheap, and […]

Zimbabwe’s 2005 National ICT Policy under review [download]

One of the most topical issues since last month has been the National ICT Policy review that Zimbabwe’s Ministry of ICT is currently undertaking. With the consultative workshops that were held last month completed, the ICT Ministry is now putting together the new draft policy.

NetOne in US $200 million equipment deal with Huawei Technologies

Zimbabwe’s state owned weekly, The Sunday Mail says today that NetOne, a state owned mobile network operators, has signed a telecoms equipment deal for 2,000 base stations worth US $200 million with major Chinese telecommunications equipment and services company Huawei Technologies. According to the report, the equipment will enable NetOne to upgrade old equipment as […]