Zimbabwe and regional technology news and updates

Low Turnout at This Year’s ICT Africa Exhibition

Compared to previous editions of the ICT Africa exhibition, this year’s event saw a remarkable decline in attendance. Visitors to the exhibition park in Harare were so few the place looked empty most of the time.

Africom Launches Mobile Broadband, Gives Free Bandwidth for a Month

As promised last week at the launch of the new red Africom, Africom has launched their mobile broadband service this week. The mobile broadband service is available in Harare only at the moment

ZOL Launches ZOLife Magazine

Zimbabwe Leading Internet Service Provider ZOL launched a new magazine yesterday on the sidelines of the ICT Africa 2010. The magazine is run online as a blog at and also has a free offline paper magazine to be issued six times a year.

Zimbabwe to Host Trinidad & Tobago Delegates at ICT Africa 2010 Conference

Zimbabwe’s Ministry of ICT is hosting a delegation from Trinidad and Tobago at a conference running alongside this year’s ICT Africa exhibition. The conference has been organized by a global faith based NGO called Congress WBN head quartered in Trinidad and Tobago.

Econet to Change Number Prefix from 091 to 077

We just received an email with the information that Econet will be changing its prefix number from 091 to 077. Here’s the full text of the email:

Telecel Makes Per Second Billing Optional for Prepaid Subscribers

Telecel, the second largest mobile operator (by subscribers numbers) launched ‘Per Second’ billing on its network on 1 September. We started seeing adverts for the new service this week and noticed something that made us sto

Econet to Launch ‘Econet Broadband’

We just learnt from a contact that Econet will be launching new broadband services shortly. The new services will be branded ‘Econet Broadband’. The services will be a combination of the 4G mobile WiMax from Ecoweb (a subsidiary) and the 3G services introduced by Econet last year

Botswana Fibre Optic Breaks, Affects Zim ISPs

Yesterday, the Botswana fibre optic cable that supplies wholesale International bandwidth to Powertel (a state owned Internet provider) broke. The cable damage was on a section in an area outside Francistown in Botswana.

Zimbabwe’s Fiscalised Electronic Devices Program

About 3 weeks ago, Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Finance and the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) launched fiscalised electronic registers and fiscal memory devices

ZELLCO Introduces VoIP Services

In an email yesterday, ZELLCO a mobile virtual network operator invited subscribers to register for public VoIP services. According to ZELLCO, the service is being offered by a local network called Gigatel.

Econet Introduces Per Second Billing

Today, Econet, Zimbabwe’s largest mobile operator announced that it has introduced ‘per second’ billing for its subscribers. The move is in compliance with regulatory requirements issued by POTRAZ earlier this year.

NetOne Makes Gradual U-Turn on Line Registration, Urges Subscribers to Register Lines

Since the directive to register SIM cards was issued by the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) NetOne maintained in the press that their subscribers were registered. Statements like the following one in The Herald of 22 June were common: