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The UK wants to make GDPR cookie popups to be better

When the European Union unleashed the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) upon the world back in 2018 they brought about a much-needed intervention in the tracking and cookie world. Before that, it was the Wild-West out there with each tech giant doing as it pleased. Internet users had very little power and control over how […]


Video: NetOne used to have fewer subscribers than Telecel

This is a visualization of 8 years of subscriber trends for Zimbabwe’s top 3 Mobile Network Operators. Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or OneMoney number: Buy Please dial our USSD code *405# on your phone to buy airtime because this page will not work. {{error_message}} {{error_message}}


Did You Know Pick n Pay Zim Has More Followers Than ZBC News

This is a visualization of Zimbabwe’s top 10 most followed Facebook accounts. Follow us on YouTube for more animated statistics Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or OneMoney number: Buy Please dial our USSD code *405# on your phone to buy airtime because this page will not […]


Video: Fixed Internet Subscribers In Southern Africa 2000-2018

This is a visualization of changes in fixed internet subscribers over 18 years Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or OneMoney number: Buy Please dial our USSD code *405# on your phone to buy airtime because this page will not work. {{error_message}} {{error_message}}


Video: Zim’s Top 10 Most Followed Twitter Accounts

Here is a list of the top 10 most followed Twitter accounts in Zimbabwe Source: Social Bakers Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or OneMoney number: Buy Please dial our USSD code *405# on your phone to buy airtime because this page will not work. {{error_message}} {{error_message}}


Video: At 237K Subscribers Jah Prayzah Is Zim’s 3rd Most Subscribed YouTube Channel

These are the top 10 Zimbabwean YouTube channels by subscriber count. Here are the links to the channels. Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or OneMoney number: Buy Please dial our USSD code *405# on your phone to buy airtime because this page will not work. {{error_message}} […]


Video: Broadcasting Equipment was Zim’s Top Import Product In 2017

This is a visualization of 18 years of Zimbabwe imports from 2000 to 2018. Source: https://oec.world/en/visualize/tree_map/hs92/export/zwe/all/show/2017/ Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or OneMoney number: Buy Please dial our USSD code *405# on your phone to buy airtime because this page will not work. {{error_message}} {{error_message}}


Video: Zimbabwe’s Biggest Export In 2009 Was Postage Stamps

This a timeline view of Zimbabwe’s top export products in millions of US dollars over a 20 year period from 1997 to 2017 Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or OneMoney number: Buy Please dial our USSD code *405# on your phone to buy airtime because this […]


Video: Internet Penetration Rates In Southern Africa Over 18 Years (2000-2018)

This is a visualization of Internet penetration rates of African countries over 18 years. Penetration rate is being measured as percentage of internet users in a country against the country’s total population. Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or OneMoney number: Buy Please dial our USSD code […]


Video: Zimbabwe Top 5 Import Sources In Millions Of USD 1997-2017

Zimbabwe imports more than it exports and these are the top 5 countries that Zimbabwe has been importing from from 1997 to 2017. Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or OneMoney number: Buy Please dial our USSD code *405# on your phone to buy airtime because this […]


Video:Growth In Mobile Phone Subscribers For SADC Countries 2000 – 2018

This is a visualization of growth in mobile phone subscriptions over 18 years in SADC member states. Watch it here. Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or OneMoney number: Buy Please dial our USSD code *405# on your phone to buy airtime because this page will not […]


Video: Zimbabwe’s Top 5 Export Destinations In Millions Of Dollars 1997 To 2017

This is a visualization of Zimbabwe’s top 5 export destinations by value in millions of USD. Data has been sourced from Observatory of Economic Complexity. Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or OneMoney number: Buy Please dial our USSD code *405# on your phone to buy airtime […]


Video: SADC Country Inflation Rates Over 18 Years, Of Course Zim Leads The Race

Ever wondered how bad Zimbabwe Inflation rates have been compared to other SADC countries? Check it out in this video. Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or OneMoney number: Buy Please dial our USSD code *405# on your phone to buy airtime because this page will not […]


[Video] Zimbabwe GDP Per Capita Vs Other SADC Countries 2000-2018

The following video is a visualization of SADC member state’s GDP Per Capita figures over an 18 year period. An animated comparison of how Zimbabwe has been faring compared to it’s other sister states. If you have any stats you want to see presented in this format do let us know. Enjoy, Like and Share […]


[Video] Zim’s Decade Of Social Media (2009-2019)

Ever wondered what Zimbabweans were doing on the internet the past 10 years? Well here is a visual of how social media tastes of Zimbabweans has changed over 10 years. If you have any stats you like to see presented in this format do let us know in the comments. Enjoy. Quick NetOne, Econet, And […]


Survivorship Bias: How Data Driven Decisions Can Be Wrong

Introduction Making decisions that are supported by evidence and data is usually a good thing, one that must be encouraged. It is often objective, clearly puts different stakeholders on the same page quickly to facilitate buy in and action, takes out individual biases and group think out of the equation…leading to better decisions, most of […]


Cyclone Idai Reflection: Data Science In Disaster Preparation And Relief

Hi! My name is Njabulo Sandawana and am the founder of Ant Analytica. Ant Analytica is a Big Data Analytics startup based in Harare. At Ant Analytica we leverage data science and Analytics to help companies build automated solutions and provide insights that lead to sustainable growth. The recent disaster that occured in the Eastern […]


Google Translate Is Getting Much Better At Translating Shona

Most of Google’s technologies have always been awesome but if you speak a language that’s not as popular as the likes of French, Spanish, Hindi and a bunch of other “significant” languages then you may feel a tad bit left out. We’ve all seen hilarious translations of English to Shona on Google and apart from […]


{Press Release} Agriculture Sector Urged To Embrace Technology And Leverage On Big Data

The agricultural sector has been encouraged to embrace technology and leverage on big data as a way of improving productivity in the sector. This was said at the Zimbabwe Agricultural Development Trust (ZADT) stakeholders briefing held in Harare recently. The ZADT through its fund currently offers loans for Working Capital, Capital Expenditure, Access to Clean […]


Econet Turned 20 Today-Their Journey So Far

Econet turns 20! It has been quite a journey since it was launched in 1998. Here is what Econet has been doing each year. 2005 Higher Life Foundation Supports under privileged students as well as those academically gifted by giving scholarships to study locally and abroad. 2009 3G Service Service that allows mobile phone users […]


Thanks to Technology Small Businesses Could Get Loans In 30 Minutes

Have you ever waited for 2 weeks to hear a response of whether your loan application has been approved or declined? Only for the application to be declined. That sucks, right? Welcome to the Age of Credit Decline. Now that banks have reduced consumer lending to productive sectors of the economy, who will lend to […]


Here’s What Zimbabweans Searched For On Google In 2017

So the year is about to come to an end and like every year, Google has released data on what people searched about throughout 2017. Around the world, people searched for a wide variety of things from recipes, song lyrics to people or television shows. The data available for what Zimbabweans searched is not as […]


Big data: When we moved from being the customers into being the product.

During the Competition and Tariffs Commission event that happened last week, we touched a little on internet privacy, something that’s been of concern to the people who use the internet much. There’s always a different angle to it, for example I remember discussing issues around privacy versus security at the AfricaCom event. Here, we were […]


What really do data centres sell?

It is a very expensive thing to set up a room with many high-end powerful computer servers connected together for the remote storage, processing, or distribution of large amounts of data. So when a company decides to make such an investment, they believe that it will be profitable. Yesterday we looked at some benefits of using […]


Some benefits of using a data center for small to medium businesses

A data center is simply a room with many computer servers connected together. They are typically used by organizations for the remote storage, processing, or distribution of large amounts of data. Data centers have been around for a while now and some Zimbabwean companies have them for private use. Telone recently lauched a data center so it’s natural for […]


Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning – Why should you care?

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning. In the tech space, these terms have been used a lot and sometimes interchangeably without understanding what they mean. So what is all the fuss about? Before we get to why you should care, let us first clear up the confusion of what each is all about and […]


Opportunities in big data for ZIMRA as it tackles fraud with data capture system

The new system runs on devices that will be deployed at traders’ premises and transaction points. It is set to help ZIMRA identify firms that under declare their transactions for purposes of tax evasion and is being used for both formal and informal businesses.


Zimbabwe’s first supercomputer

It’s not quite time yet to be doing “the year in review” articles, but here’s one thing that flew below my radar: Zimbabwe officially launched a 36-teraflop supercomputer in February 2015. The supercomputer, housed at the University of Zimbabwe’s Zimbabwe Centre for High Performance Computing (Zim-CHPC), was installed by Inspur Group of China  funded by a $5,4 […]