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Ambitious New Telecoms Operator, Broadlands Networks

Yesterday’s Standard newspaper carried an article on the new telecoms operator, Broadlands, with the title: “New Operator to End TelOne Dominance”. It’s not clear from the article if Broadlands Networks is after a slice of TelOne’s market share in fixed telecommunication services, International bandwidth wholesaling or mobile CMDA services.


Seacom Blames African Governments And ISPs For Costly Internet

Seacom has heaped the costly internet blame on African national governments and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) for failing to pass on the benefits of high speed internet to ordinary citizens. Seacom was responding yesterday through a post on its blog following numerous queries on its Facebook and Twitter pages. Quite visibly unhappy that the much […]


Zimbabwe’s Fibre-Optic Internet Backbone Projects

I’ve been curious to find out what high speed Internet backbone projects are underway in Zimbabwe. Reading through the Zimbabwe investment prospectus launched by the Zimbabwe Investment Authority (ZIA) a few months ago, I came across a project by Africom Continental. Africom Continental is a special purpose vehicle company formed by Africom (50%), the Infrastructure […]


Ecoweb To Launch VSAT And Mobile Wimax

Two weeks ago we posted that Ecoweb was going to start offering VSAT services. Ecoweb has since made it public that they will be launching their VSAT operations soon. This is welcome news to many organizations such as mining companies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and tourism companies with operations in Zimbabwe’s most remote areas where fixed […]


TEAMS Undersea Cable Ready For Commercial Use

The East African Marine System (TEAMS) cable will be launched this week. TEAMS is a submarine fibre-optic cable systems linking Kenya to the world through the United Arab Emirates. The project was initiated by the the Kenya government in 2007 to augment the SEACOM cable which runs along the shores of east and southern Africa […]


SEACOM Competition: What Could Africa Do With More Bandwidth

In a bid to get creative broadband use ideas from none other than the users themselves SEACOM has launched a competition dubbed “What could Africa do with more bandwidth?”. For a chance to win a Flip UltraHD camcorder valued at around $200 and an unspecified “insane Seacom hamper“, East and Southern Africans (I wonder where […]


Zimbabwe 6th in Global Narrowband Connecitivity Assessment

And no, I’m not making fun of my beloved country, the word “Narrowband” does exist and Zim is very close to the top. If you’re in Zimbabwe and you’re viewing this blog on a +256 Kbps connection, you’re amoung a priviledged 4% of Zim internet users! In a “State of the Internet” report released by […]


Ecoweb To Start Offering VSAT Services

I’m told in less than 24 hours Ecoweb will announce their new VSAT satellite Internet services. No Information yet on pricing but that shouldn’t be hard to get once they go public with it. VSAT implementation in Zimbabwe has been contentious issue with the regulator POTRAZ, who at one point went (or threatened to) around […]


Telecel Launching 3G Shortly

A week ago we bemoaned the fact that with both NetOne and Telecel not on 3G, Econet subscribers wouldn’t enjoy video calling to friends on these networks. Well, not anymore. We’re told Telecel will be launching its own 3G service in about 3 weeks… moving quite fast to catch up to the world aren’t we! […]


Some Facts About Econet’s 3G

Finally had a chance to talk to an Econet customer service person and here’s some clear information about the 3G service. Is 3G available in all areas with Econet coverage in Zimbabwe? No. As of 28 August 2009, 3G became available in the greater Harare CBD and it remains so to this day. Once you’re […]


3G Launch By Econet Very Unclear

A fortnight ago Econet launched the much hyped 3G on its network, marking quite a significant milestone in Zimbabwe’s communications advancement. Strangely enough, however, and much to the nation’s disappointment, the launch did not live up to the company’s renowned reputation. Bluntly put, it was clumsily managed. It’s hard to figure out what’s going on even for my geek […]