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Econet voice, data, and SMS bundle prices are going up tomorrow

Zimbabwe’s largest mobile network operator (MNO) Econet has announced in a tweet, that voice, data, and SMS bundles prices are going up tomorrow. The statement by Econet reads as follows: PUBLIC NOTICE Dear Customers, Please note, we will review our Voice, Data & SMS bundle prices effective, Thursday 19 May, 2022. To access Voice & […]

POTRAZ shares updates on infrastructure sharing. Econet, NetOne, Telecel sharing towers at over 267 sites

Ah, the infrastructure sharing saga. For a long time, the government through the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (POTRAZ) pushed for it but it took many years for any deal to be struck. Econet held up the process but for good reason. When first proposed, infrastructure sharing looked like it would benefit their competitors much […]

ZOL is now officially Liquid Home & has 60 new LTE base stations

ZOL, today unveiled its new brand identity – Liquid Home Zimbabwe. This rebrand follows the evolution of Liquid Telecom becoming Liquid Intelligent Technologies, a business of Cassava Technologies. ZOL was the only arm of Liquid that hadn’t yet come under the new brand umbrella. ZOL to become “Liquid Home” in the not too distant future […]

Econet brings 5G to Bulawayo at ZITF2022

The country’s largest mobile network operator, Econet yesterday launched its 5G service in Bulawayo at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF2022). This was at the company’s very impressive ZITF2022 installation which dwarfed what was in the main hall, we even started chucking figures, guessing as to how much Econet paid to reserve such a large […]

ISP Spotting at ZITF2022: WE FOUND ZODSAT!!!!!

For those who have been around Techzim for a while the name, ZODSAT won’t be a new one. They have been around for a while and offer VSAT services much like TelOne, Liquid Home and Utande. We got a chance to talk to the team they sent to Bulawayo about what they have been up […]

TelOne officially opens its first Matabeleland data centre

State-owned telecommunications company TelOne, yesterday commissioned its Bulawayo data centre and customer experience hub in a move set to improve data connectivity and customer interface in the Southern region. The data centre, a first of its kind in the Matabeleland region, is part of TelOne’s product expansion drive which has seen the concern investing more […]

NetOne at ZITF2022: “driving the metaverse”, agritech, e-tolls, smart services & more

NetOne had one of the more fascinating stands at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF2022). The state-owned mobile network operator (MNO) is really pushing the metaverse angle as it is their chief motto at its stall in the main hall. NetOne’s mobile money division was not left out of things because it was paying for […]

If TelOne was in the UK, customers would get USD11.00 a day for an internet outage

Yesterday TelOne announced that one of its fibre lines was damaged by an excavator that sunk into the ground causing an internet outage in some suburbs. The situation was complicated by a water line the digger also hit which meant that there were two problems to contend with to restore service. While browsing on the […]

TelOne customers, a stuck digger is the reason why you don’t have internet

State-owned telecommunications company TelOne has announced to its customers in some suburbs in Harare that if they were experiencing an internet outage it is because of a construction accident that damaged a fibre cable. TelOne’s statement on the internet outage caused by the fibre break reads as follows: TelOne sincerely apologises for service disruption in […]

Econet’s Smart USD bundles are cheaper than MTN’s in South Africa. There’s much to discuss

Econet Wireless launched Smart USD bundles yesterday that allow customers to purchase voice airtime, data and SMS in USD.  Customers can buy this USD airtime either through the EcoCash FCA wallet or by purchasing physical recharge cards or vouchers. Said Econet spokesperson, Customers will be able to purchase the bundles via their EcoCash FCA wallet, […]

Strive Masiyiwa’s daughter replaces him on Econet board

Just over a month ago, Econet Wireless announced that their founder, Strive Masiyiwa, was stepping down from the board of directors of the company. He had been on the board since inception in 1993 and the announcement closed the chapter on a very long and dramatic 29 years.  The Masiyiwa story at Econet is far […]

The control of information flow by American tech companies during Russia-Ukraine war is scary

We are living in the Information Age. When I first heard that term, I thought it was cute and did not think much about its implications. The past few years, and the first two and half months of 2022 especially, have revealed what the information age really entails.  The information age started in the mid […]

Econet employee defrauds company of $4 million in juice card heist

When it rains it pours for Econet Wireless Zimbabwe. In January this year, two (former) employees from the country’s biggest mobile network operator (MNO) were given a combined nine years for defrauding the company of ZWL$20 million and now there is a new report of another employee who defrauded Econet of ZWL$4 million in a […]

UZ e-learning resources now free to access thanks to Liquid Intelligent Technologies

Liquid Intelligent Technologies partnered with the University of Zimbabwe to zero rate the university’s e-learning resources. Students and staff at the largest university in the country will enjoy free access to all online library resources, no data required.  Students will be celebrating this considering the high data costs in the country. More so when you […]

Zimbos put the fear of God into NetOne over the ridiculous data prices

Last week NetOne announced a price adjustment for its OneFi data packages that would have seen 80GB going for ZWL$99,000 which was US$800 at the auction rate. After a day-long public outcry, the state-owned mobile network operator saw the light and reduced the prices to a more realistic range. You can listen to or download […]

Netone reverses price hikes after public outcry. How much should they charge?

NetOne gave the nation a shock when they increased their data bundle tariffs by a significant margin. They had announced that prices would be going up today but few would have foreseen the entry level 10GB package’s price going up by over 3.5 times. The memes were flowing on social media about how ridiculous the […]

Breaking: Strive Masiyiwa retires from Econet Board

Econet Wireless has announced that their billionaire founder, Strive Masiyiwa, has stepped down from the board of directors of the ZimbabweStock Exchange listed Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Limited. Masiyiwa had been on the board since the founding of the company although he has not been resident in Zimbabwe for many years. Announcement given to ZSE. What […]

US$800 for 80GB, NetOne’s new One Fi prices are killing its MiFi use case

I am still reeling from NetOne’s new One Fi bundle prices… What possible justification can there be that a mobile network operator is charging tens of thousands of dollars more than internet service providers (ISPs) for similar packages and even more than uncapped packages? $99,000 for 80 GB?! NetOne’s new data prices (February 2022) Here’s […]

$99,000 for 80 GB?! NetOne’s new data prices (February 2022)

State-owned mobile network operator, NetOne Cellular yesterday announced that it would be increasing data bundle tariffs today. And like many, I was expecting a modest rise in prices however what I saw when I went to NetOne’s One-Fi bundles scared the life out of me… NetOne One-Fi Bundle Prices Bundle Old Price (ZWL$) New Price […]

Econet appears to be readying 5G rollout

The largest mobile network operator in Zimbabwe kept its cards close to the chest. For a while, it looked like NetOne would be the first carrier to rollout 5G in the country. The govt announced that NetOne would be deploying 5G base stations last September. While we wait to see how that will unfold, Econet […]

Free 10GB data per month for South Africans and 10% price increases for Zimbabweans

Sometimes you marvel at just how differently politicians and govt officials from different countries think. I feel like the South Africans are just mocking/exposing us right now. In the same week where we saw an excise tax of 10% lead to more expensive fixed internet in Zimbabwe, we hear that South Africans will be getting […]

New TelOne internet package prices; some large data caps almost doubled

State-owned telecommunications company TelOne has increased internet package prices. The price increase is most felt in the bigger data packages with the lower ones not being affected or remaining unchanged. Here are the TelOne Internet Package Prices which will take effect on the 22nd of February 2022 TelOne residential broadband package prices Package Download Cap […]

Telecel is giving loyal customers 30 free call minutes

Telecel Zimbabwe has a loyalty program, unlike anything we have seen in recent memory. The countries smallest mobile network operator (MNO) is giving its staunch customers 30 free minutes in a promotion called MaMinutes eMonaz. “To our loyal subscribers, you will be awarded 30 minutes free Telecel to Telecel voice calls in the next coming […]

ZOL to start charging 10% tax on internet packages next month!

ZOL Zimbabwe, soon to be Liquid Home, has announced that the rebranding exercise will be coupled with a 10% Excise Duty or tax across all internet and VOIP packages. Dear Valued Customer, As a result of the regulatory changes, ZOL Zimbabwe is required to levy a 10% Excise duty across all internet and VoIP packages […]

Telecel says it has sorted out the intermittent service disruption

Telecel Zimbabwe has announced on Twitter that it has sorted out the intermittent service disruption that the mobile network operator was facing this week. Telecel would like to inform you that our network has been restored. We thank you for your patience and any inconveniences caused are sincerely regretted. Telecel on Twitter Earlier this week […]

RETRACTION :Telecel IS NOT shutting down

Earlier today we published an article titled “Telecel forced to shut down! Why and why now?” on the Techzim website. We are retracting that article. Potraz is not forcing Telecel to shut down like we asserted in the article. Telecel is still licenced to operate in Zimbabwe and there is nothing to our knowledge that […]

Telecel isn’t feeling too good, customers say its been down for days (again)

Telecel seems to be going through yet another rough patch… The country’s smallest mobile network operator put out a statement on the 29th of January 2022 saying that it was facing network challenges. However, Telecel’s customers have reached out to us saying the network has been down for days… To all our valued customers . […]

0.36% budget allocation for ICT makes you wonder, would ‘command ICT’ serve us well?

I was old enough to witness some Zimbos build impressive real estate portfolios from ‘money changing’ profits in the years preceding dollarisation in 2008. As these people made their millions by ‘burning,’ I learnt the lesson, ‘it is in crises that wealth transfer occurs.’ The Covid-19 crisis yielded the same results, and tech companies came […]

Two Econet employees got 9 years for stealing $20 million

Two employees of Zimbabwe’s biggest mobile network operator (MNO), Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, Mukai Mapunzure (Sales Consultant) and Gavin Guwu got nine years in prison for defrauding the company of $20 million (ZWL$). The former was facing 108 counts of fraud and got seven years. While the latter had 98 counts and got two years. The […]

Strive Masiyiwa’s net worth is now at US$2.7 billion – Forbes

Econet Group Founder Strive Masiyiwa’s net worth has been estimated at US$2.7 billion according to Forbes’ latest rankings. Masiyiwa is now in 10th place tied with South Africa’s Jacobus Petrus “Koos” Bekker, the founding director of African Telecommunications giant MTN and later became Chairman of Naspers (DStv’s parent company). “Despite the global coronavirus pandemic, Africa’s […]