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Econet to launch Econet Energy

We just received an invitation from Econet to attend the launch of a new venture called Econet Energy. The launch is today in Harare. The Econet Wireless Zimbabwe CEO, Douglas Mboweni, will make a presentation at the launch. Here’s an excerpt of the invite:

Spiritage owned Valley Technologies to launch voice and data network in Zimbabwe

We’ve been trying to get information about the company called Spiritage for some weeks now. What caught our attention (and that of many of you asking us about Spiritage) were the Spiritage ICT job vacancies in the press. The company is clearly on a massive recruitment drive. Fortunately, a few days ago, some information started trickling in.

Econet restores hacked website, secures it with test software

Econet has switched on its Econet Broadband website www.econetbroadband, after more than a month of downtime following a hacking incident in December last year. The site is noticeably still using the popular open source content management system Joomla.

Zim’s Internet slows down as PowerTel & Econet fibre cables experience outage

PowerTel and Econet, Zimbabwe’s main suppliers of international internet bandwidth both experienced some downtime on their fibre cables yesterday.

RubieM to invest US 30 million in SIM & modem manufacturing plant

Dr. Dennis Magaya, the founder and managing director of telecommunications and IT service company, RubieM Technologies, has revealed to a Zimbabwean weekly newspaper that his company has plans to invest US $30 million into the establishment of a telecommunications SIM & mobile broadband modem manufacturing plant.

Google’s message to Africa: create local content

“Many people believe Google creates or writes the information that you see on the Internet. We don’t; we just find and index it. Its actually created by people like you” – This is statement from a post made on the Google Africa blog by Bridgette Sexton, Googles’s Program Manager, Developer & Tech Outreach, Africa.

Aquiva Wireless now offering WiMax, Fibre and VSAT connectivity, to launch VoIP

We were at Aquiva Wireless in Harare the other day, talking to the founding team about developments at the Internet Access Provider. There are some interesting developments alright; it’s Mobile WiMax offerings, fibre, VSAT and some VoIP services to launch in a few months.

Econet launches contract mobile phone plans

Today, Econet launched a new contract (post-paid) package for mobile subscribers where, if a customer has a minimum salary of US $250, they can get a free mobile phone on contract. We contacted Econet for details of new mobile plan and got some interesting facts you’ll want consider if you’re thinking of getting yourself a contract ‘free’ mobile phone.

Why we moved Techzim hosting out of Zimbabwe

About 4 weeks ago, we moved Techzim from our local web host to South Africa. The moving process wasn’t painless. It lasted some 4 days and we faced a lot of non-technical hitches that come with moving a domain from Zimbabwe.

POTRAZ to commence telecommunications project in under-served rural Zimbabwe

At the end of last week, Zimbabwe’s telecommunications regulatory authority, POTRAZ, issued an invitation to tender in local the press for the design and installation of Passive Telecommunication (mainly towers) infrastructure in some rural areas of the country.