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RBZ orders Econet, Telecel & NetOne to phase out juice cards

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe’s (RBZ) Financial Intelligence Unit has in a circular told the country’s mobile network operators (MNOs) to decrease physical airtime vouchers or juice card sales as they are reportedly being used for money laundering. The statement from the RBZ’s Financial Intelligence Unit on Juice cards reads as follows: To: Mobile Telecommunications […]

Telecel’s 15% data bundle discount promotion: the stats say this won’t work

Zimbabwe’s smallest mobile network operator (MNO) Telecel has announced that customers will now be getting a 15% discount if they buy bundles through its mobile money arm Telecash. Enjoy a 15% discount everytime you get data bundles using Telecash! Hurry up and juice-up today. T&C's apply.#megabundlespromo#staysafe#tellsomeone — Telecel Zimbabwe (@Telecel_Zim) October 21, 2021 “Enjoy […]

NetOne subscribers, here are the new data bundle prices [October 2021]

One month after NetOne announced a data bundle price hike (6 September 2021), the country’s second-largest mobile network operator has announced yet another price hike. At this point complaining about it would be just futile. This is definitely something we are going to have to get used to. And in that vein, here is what […]

Get 5GB for only ZWL$500 from NetOne

Netone is celebrating its 25th anniversary and is offering this generous bundle to all its customers – 5GB for ZWL$500. Celebrate NetOne’s 25th Anniversary with 5GB Anniversary Bundle. Purchase the 5GB data bundle (valid for 25hrs) for $ZWL 500 & earn entry into the weekly draw. Entry into all weekly draws earns entry into the […]

Brace yourselves, NetOne is hiking data bundle tariffs

State-owned mobile network operator (MNO) NetOne announced on social media that it will be increasing bundle tariffs tomorrow the 19th of October 2021. Here is NetOne’s post on the bundle tariff review: Public Notice! — NetOne Cellular (@NetOneCellular) October 17, 2021 Public Notice Review of Bundle Tariffs Please be advised that we are reviewing […]

Econet getting most revenue from each user, Telecel just terrible

The Zimbabwean economy remains hostile to business, more so with a pandemic decimating the small gains we had made. Business is run with a view to make profit and so it is with keen interest that we look at Potraz’s Q2 2021 sector performance report. Specifically on revenues and operating costs for the mobile network […]

Econet, Telecel & NetOne added 52 new base stations in Q2 2021

Zimbabwe’s mobile network infrastructure saw 52 new base stations according to the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe’s (POTRAZ) Q2 2021 sector performance report. All of the players (NetOne, Econet and Telecel) all contributed with Econet putting up the most. 2G base stations Q2, 2021 Q1 2021 Q2 2021 Net Addition Market Share Econet […]

NetOne hits 4 mil subs while Telecel is hanging on by a thread – POTRAZ Q2 2021 report

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has released the sector performance report for Q2 2021. One of the major highlights of the report is NetOne’s continued upward trend in terms of subscribers gained. NetOne has over the years slowly closed the chasm of the gap that exists between it and market leader […]

[Full Text] TelOne Chairperson’s speech at Executive Development Programme Graduation Ceremony

TelOne today held a graduation ceremony for its Executive Development Programme Graduation Ceremony at the state-owned company’s Centre for Learning. The event was attended by the Ministry of ICT’s Jenfan Muswere, Africa University Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Pamela Machakanja and many others. Below are the remarks from TelOne’s chairperson, Dr Douglas Zimbango, at the event: […]

Company that routes billions of U.S. SMS messages says it was hacked for five years

According to a report by Ars Technica, Syniverse a company that routes hundreds of billions of SMS messages was the victim of a five-year hack. Syniverse, in a disclosure to the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission), said that they noticed in May 2021 that someone had unauthorised access to its systems since 2016. After finding […]

Econet schedules system maintenance, data services may be affected

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe sent an SMS to customers notifying them of two scheduled system maintenance exercises that are happening in the coming days. The message from Econet reads as follows: Dear Customer. We have scheduled system upgrades from midnight to 2am on 02 & 06 Oct. This may affect data services. Please bear with us […]

The 30% data, voice & bundle tariff hike had POTRAZ’s blessing

In news that you probably know, because NetOne customers are already feeling the brunt of voice, data, and SMS tariff hikes, the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) granted Zimbabwe’s mobile network operators NetOne, Telecel and Econet the green light for a 30% out of bundle price increase. The domino effect was set […]

Liquid launches Operator Connect, linking PSTN phone services with Microsoft Teams

Liquid Intelligent Technologies has continued to deepen its ties with the Microsoft ecosystem. A couple of months ago, the company’s local subsidiary ZOL notified its customers that it would be migrating email and web services to Microsoft 365. And now Liquid has announced the arrival of Operator Connect for Microsoft Teams. “We are delighted to […]

Another NetOne price increase is on the horizon

State-owned mobile network operator NetOne put out a tweet saying that it would be reviewing (another way of saying prices are going up) out of bundle tariffs on the 26th of September 2021. The mobile network operator recently increased the price of mobile data and social media bundles. Public Notice! — NetOne Cellular (@NetOneCellular) […]

ICT Minister’s remarks on NetOne’s 5G mobile broadband plan

Yesterday, state-owned mobile network operator NetOne held an event where the National Mobile BroadBand (NMBB) Phase 3 was launched. This program would see NetOne install over 300 base stations across Zimbabwe including the capacity for 5G. Below is the speech delivered by Minister for ICTs Jenfan Muswere: Your Excellency, as your Ministry, we are fully […]

NetOne to install 300 base stations as it aims for 100% coverage

State-owned mobile network operator (MNO) NetOne held an event where it announced the expansion of its network capacity. The country’s second-largest MNO is set to install over 300 new base stations under the NMBB3 (National Mobile Broadband Phase 3). Over 300 new base stations are expected to be established under the NMBB3 project. The base […]

Are airtime scratch cards being phased out?

There have been several reports over the last few weeks that there is a shortage of airtime scratch cards. This might not be a big deal for some because the “route one” way to buy airtime these days is through mobile banking and USSD. More so with the advent of the pandemic. People are more […]

A satellite at the expense of terrestrial problems, only in Zimbabwe…

Yesterday the Zimbabwe National Geospatial and Space Agency’s (ZINGSA) Science Park 1 was unvieled at the University of Zimbabwe. If you remember back in 2018, the government announced the launch of Zimbabwe’s space authority as it sought to “foster research in geospatial science and earth observation, space science, space engineering, communications, navigation and space physics” […]

Govt says NetOne will soon deploy 5G base stations, here’s why I am not excited

Our beloved government has a sort of undeclared tradition: they save their most outrageous bald-faced promises which they have no intention of keeping for Sunday publications. On these days they make grand claims and promise us the world. Most of these promises are simply forgotten by the following week. Usually, these promises are rooted in […]

Noted and good day, here is why we use them

Zimbabwean Twitter or Zwitter as it’s sometimes known is an interesting place to be. Unlike the “real world” where people are sometimes afraid to express themselves or engage in certain subjects on Zwitter people are more liberal with their opinion, more fearless and candid. All sorts of topics including politics, health, personal finance, business ideas […]

New NetOne data bundle prices – September 2021

The country’s second-largest mobile network operator (MNO) NetOne has today (6 September 2021) increase the prices of data bundles. This shift follows up the data price increase NetOne announced in March this year and comes after Econet and Telecel’s increases a couple of months back. Here are the NetOne data bundle prices as of 6 […]

Former NetOne boss, Reward Kangai loses $2 million defamation lawsuit

These days things are relatively quiet at NetOne. There was a time when there were so many boardroom squabbles over there that hardly a week would go by without news of the scandal. At the centre of most of these issues and fights was the company’s former CEO Reward Kangai who was eventually let go. […]

Econet is calling for a tariff increase

The country’s biggest mobile network operator (MNO) Econet Wireless has called for a tariff increase. The company cited that this will be the only way to keep the telecoms industry viable as the sector is very resource-intensive and relies heavily on foreign currency which is in short supply. “Our headline tariffs were last reviewed in […]

ICT Minister says NetOne should clear all outstanding debt in 3 months

Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, Jenfan Muswere said that state-owned Telecommunications company NetOne should take a commercial approach to doing business and clear its debt in 3 months. “Full commercialisation should be implemented, and we need to adopt the ‘no pay, no service’ modus operandi. All the outstanding debt should be cleared in three […]

NetOne misused COVID-19 relief funds – Auditor General

In April last year, the government announced that it would be distributing COVID-19 funds exclusively through NetOne’s mobile money service OneMoney. At the time we speculated that this was meant to boost OneMoney’s position in the mobile money space. As I am sure you are all aware EcoCash has an insurmountable lead over the rest […]

POTRAZ updates Zimbabwe National Frequency Allocation Plan

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) announced in a statement on Twitter that it has published the updated Zimbabwe National Frequency Allocation Plan. REGULATORY NOTICE PUBLISHING AND RELEASE OF THE UPDATED ZIMBABWE NATIONAL FREQUENCY ALLOCATION PLAN. POTRAZ is pleased to advise the Radiocommunications fraternity and Zimbabweans at large, of the publishing and […]

South Africa’s Post Office wants to block other couriers from delivering packages under 1kg

In a shocking move, the South African Post Office said it was the only entity allowed to handle packages between 0 and 1 kg by law. The organization recently reiterated a ruling made by the country’s Complaints and Compliance Commission (CCC) against a private courier known as Postnet in 2019. The ruling confirmed that in […]

Telecel will be increasing bundles prices tomorrow

Telecel has followed in the footsteps of Econet by announcing that it will be increasing bundle prices tomorrow (30th of July 2021). To our valued customers, please note we will be reviewing our SMS and data packages, effective on the 30th of July 2021. Remember to stay safe. T&C's apply.#staysafe #tellsomeone — Telecel Zimbabwe […]

Full Text: TelOne makes unvaccinated workers stay at home and withdraws their COVID-19 allowances

On Wednesday (21 July 2021) TelOne issued a notice informing its workers that those among them who had not been vaccinated would now be required to stay home. In addition to this, TelOne said it would no longer be paying COVID-19 allowances to the same group. The message was among a series of COVID-19 counter-measures […]

The price difference between in and out of bundle browsing

So, if you weren’t already aware mobile data is priced differently depending on whether you are browsing in or out of a bundle. These prices are set by the Post and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) and the authority today put out a statement on the matter. In-Bundle and Out-of-bundle browsing. The mechanics of […]