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Video: Interview with David Behr, Chief Digital Officer – Liquid Telecom

Techzim sits down with David Behr to discuss his illustrious rise through the telecom industry and how life has changed over the last year. 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 […]

Telecel reviews Megaboost bundle tariffs – Sept 2020

Yesterday, Telecel reviewed their Megaboost data bundles and the pricing has changed significantly – something not too surprising when you consider the last review for Megaboost was back in July. What’s the difference? Megaboost was priced as follows before the recent changes; Price On-Net Off-net SMS WhatsApp Facebook Data Validity $40 10 – 30 30MB […]

TelOne users complain about poor internet quality – What’s going on?

Over the last few days, a number of people I know who use TelOne have been complaining regarding the extremely poor internet speeds. A cursory search of “TelOne” on Twitter will actually show you that a number of users are actually going through this. What’s the problem? So from the searches and talking to TelOne […]

How to register and buy shares on ZSE Direct

So Zimbabwe Stock Exchange recently launched ZSE and the goal of the platform is to increase the number and activity of retail investors (ordinary guys like you and I) participating in the local capital markets. As part of their rollout of the platform ZSE also shared detailed YouTube videos for those interested in getting to […]

Beware of scammers posing as NetOne agents on WhatsApp

A few weeks we wrote about NetOne suspending customers who were believed to be using hacks to access mobile data at no cost. Some subscribers were using DroidVPN to create VPNs that allowed them to browse for free. NetOne figured this out and started banning subscribers with usage patterns that were being flagged as suspicious. […]

C-Trade now offers option to invest in Unit Trusts

[Image source: C-Trade] C-Trade has introduced Unit Trusts as a means for investors to diversify risk and access capital in the medium/long term. Let’s talk Unit trusts… Unit trusts are in essence mutual funds – a financial vehicle made up of a pool of money collected from many investors in the form of stocks, bonds […]

Local WhatsApp chatbot Hotbox reaches 100k users

In June we wrote about Hotbox – a locally built chatbot that was looking to fill the gap left by Duta – and fast forward to September, that chatbot has now been used by over 100 000 users. Hotbox allows anyone users to access news, educational, sports, entertainment, music and eCommerce services via WhatsApp. We […]

Dandemutande also has vehicle tracking service – How is it different from TelOne’s Teltrack?

Last week, TelOne launched their vehicle tracking service Teltrack and following the launch event Dandemutande reps reached out to us and informed us that they had a similar product on the market. In fact, Dandemutande’s Fleet Management System (FMS) has been on the market since last year and they are currently offering the service to […]

Sasai announces Talent Show as Cassava continues aggressive user acquisition efforts

Late last week, Cassava Smartech circulated a press release announcing that they were hosting a African and Talented competition and they had over US$15 000 in cash prizes that were going to be won. Beyond doing an article outlining that this is what’s happening, I was more fascinated by the why? Why is Cassava doing […]

Local internet usage boomed in Q2 but so did the gap between the haves and have-nots

POTRAZ has released a press release in anticipation of the Q2 Postal and Telecommunications report which we expect to be out before the end of this week. The press release is interesting enough and contains a number of key statistics from the telecoms industry. Two of the following stats caught my eye; i) The total […]

Contitouch – A local ISP banking on their unshared internet service to win over Zim’s business community

For many Zimbabwean organisations, getting a reliable ISP is actually a battle. From prohibitive pricing to unreliable uptimes there are many uphill battles to overcome when it comes to selecting an internet service provider. Many have suggested that the solution to this is more competition and ContiTouch is one of the competitors to the established […]

TelOne’s car tracking service Teltrack launch event

TelOne has officially launched its vehicle tracking service Teltrack. At an event that was attended by representatives from the Ministry of ICT, Car Track, Zimoco, the Truckers Association of Zimbabwe and the press. The event shed more light on what Teltrack is about and what it does. Teltrack Teltrack is a service that is using […]

TelOne internet connection has been appalling according to reports

There have been a number of reports that TelOne internet connection has been inconsistent to absolutely slow. Some reports say that there have been intermittent periods where the connection has been alright and there have been others that say that connection has been bad altogether. The service disruption has been experienced by users on TelOne […]

ZIPIT upgrade in the works: This puts serious pressure on EcoCash

Zimswitch is working on an upgrade that will make using it similar to the mobile money wallets we use on a daily. ZIPIT Smart as it will be called is launching in the next few days and after getting early access, we think they are on to something big. What problem will ZIPIT Smart solve? […]

Econet said they weren’t suspending eLearning bundles. Schools are being told the opposite

Earlier this week we noted that there was some confusion surrounding the eLearning bundle. A school authority we spoke to mentioned that an Econet employee who was handling their purchase of the bundles informed them that the eLearning bundle was being suspended. We reached out to Econet PR to understand if this was official and […]

POTRAZ increases voice & data tariffs, they say operators costs increased by 219%

POTRAZ recently published a regulatory circular on tariff adjustments for mobile network operators (MNOs). In the circular, they explain that the pricing of tariffs would be increasing to better reflect the increase that telecoms company have incurred for most of the year. POTRAZ says the pricing model for bundles, voice and SMS that was being […]

TelOne increases prices for internet packages

TelOne has increased the prices for their internet packages. This is, of course, following on ZOL’s price adjustment last week. TelOne prices, however, look to have taken a massive leap from the last price increase late last month. The new prices are as follows: These prices take effect from the 6th of September 2020 FOR […]

Is Econet discontinuing eLearning bundles on the 1st of September?

We have it on good authority that Econet might stop offering eLearning bundles from the beginning of September. The cheaper bundles were extremely useful to schools who were able to buy cheaper data for students to conduct lessons online during the pandemic. What’s the official position? Well, we reached out to Econet representatives to get […]

ZOL prices in local currency creep up again

ZOL has increased local currency prices for their internet packages to match the prevailing Foreign Exchange Rate. The price increase is hardly surprising because this happened last month at around the same time. The new price adjustment takes effect from the 2nd of September 2020. USD Prices remain unchanged The prices are as follows: Package […]

DStv plans to partner with internet providers once Xplora Ultra is released

DStv is launching new hardware. That much we’ve known for a while now and we wrote about the 2 (Xplora Ultra & Streama) new decoders here. There were questions regarding how the decoders would go online. Multichoice has revealed some details regarding how they plan on doing it (in South Africa). One of the questions […]

Econet employee blocks subscriber’s number after black market deal goes wrong?

We’ve written about the black market for eLearning bundles a couple of times now. In fact, we’ve done so on four different occasions now. Most recently we noted that fraudsters were selling eLearning bundles and then not giving buyers the data. Whilst buying eLearning bundles from this black market has always come with an inherent […]

ZOL now offering “Fibroniks on the Go” across Africa

One of the perks that ZOL offers are it’s Wi-Fi hotspots dotted across the country. These Wi-Fi spots offer ZOL and non-ZOL customers free internet access for a limited period each day. The benefit for ZOL customers (Wibroniks and Fibroniks) is that they can access “Fibroniks on the Go” through ZOLSecure. This is a service […]

ZSE launches Receivables Marketplace to ensure SMEs get invoices settled quicker

Back in March, we confirmed that ZSE & Harare Receivables Exchange were working together to create a national receivables exchange. Today, ZSE announced that the Zimbabwe Receivables Marketplace has been launched today. What problem are they solving? My colleague who wrote about Harare Receivables Exchange in 2013 nailed the ordeal on it’s head: If you […]

Government to use video conferencing tool built by Zimbo

A video-conferencing software platform built by Zimbabwean Richard Chinomona was launched today and will be adopted by our government with the announcement event scheduled for tomorrow. According to press communication, Glue Virtual Platform is “Africa’s first virtual communication and collaboration platform conceived and developed by Africans.” Features GlueVP is a ZOOM-like platform and the following […]

More ZOL woes, as ISP is facing challenges with payments and MyZOL portal

ZOL has had a rough go of it of late. A couple of weeks ago we reported that Customer Services Staff were on an effective go-slow because of wages, subcontracted staff and NSSA payments issues. Last week the internet service provider had a problem with its core system which led to customers experiencing fluctuating internet […]

DStv Avondale branch closed for COVID-19 disinfection

Multichoice Zimbabwe has temporarily closed its DStv Avondale branch for COVID-19 disinfection, their statement is as follows: IMPORTANT NOTICE: We regret to announce that one of our staff members tested positive to Covid-19. MultiChoice Zimbabwe has temporarily closed its office in PaSangano building in Avondale, Harare. The office will be closed for fumigation and staff […]

ZSE opens door to companies interested in participating on the Victoria Fall Stock Exchange

Zimbabwe Stock Exchange has issued an invitation for expression of interest to participate on the Victoria Falls Stock Exchange. The invitation they published reads; The Victoria Falls Stock Exchange Limited (“VFEX”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange Limited, is currently awaiting licencing by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Zimbabwe and is calling […]

Fortune Chasi dismissed from his post as Minister of Energy… To be replaced by Soda Zhemu

Fortune Chasi has been dismissed from his role as Minister of Energy & Power Development. Chasi’s replacement for the post is Soda Zhemu The press statement announcing the appointment of Zhemu reads; In terms of Section 104 (1) of the Zimbabwe Constitution Amendment (No. 20) Act of 2013, His Excellency the President, CDE Emmerson Dambudzo […]

You can now limit who replies to your tweets

Earlier this year, Twitter started testing out a feature that allowed users to specify who could reply to their Tweets. After what seems like an eternity the feature is now rolling out to every Twitter user. The feature was supposed to be introduced in Q1 of 2020 but it didn’t meet that deadline. It allows […]

Beware of fraudsters selling eLearning bundles at discounted prices

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Zimbabweans affinity for black markets – exemplified by the sprouting up of black markets for eLearning bundles. In that article, I also noted that bundles being sold via this channel will inevitably lead to scamming. At the time people were already getting scammed, and it seems many still […]