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New internet based money transfer service for Zimbabweans abroad

While we’re not experts on global remittance and have no idea how HomeLink is doing, we found this piece of news interesting and the service potentially superbly convenient for those of you in the Diaspora.

PowerTel launches mobile broadband in Bulawayo. Gweru & Kwekwe to follow

State owned backhaul Internet Access Provider, PowerTel has launched 3G CDMA mobile broadband in Zimbabwe’s second largest city, Bulawayo. The official launch took place at the close of 2010 and the mobile internet service is now fully operational.

Press Release: NetOne’s OneWallet successfully launched to stakeholders

NetOne’s newest and pioneering product, OneWallet mobile money transfer solution was successfully launched to stakeholders in the city of Harare recently. OneWallet is a cocktail of services that include, sending cash, receiving cash, topping up own account, topping up another’s, account and paying bills via the mobile phone.

Our data on the internet

One evening, while going through my Facebook wall I began to wonder, how long is it all going to last? 40 years? 20 years? 100 years? I joined Facebook back in 2008, and my friends list has grown significantly (360 something friends and counting).

Econet mail goes live

On December 17 last year, Econet announced it was preparing to launch an email system for broadband subscribers. Exactly a month later, Econet Mail has gone live. Econet has announced the system is ready and broadband subscribers will be getting their login credentials via SMS.

Telecel mobile internet access ‘satisfactory’

Feedback acquired by TechZim from Telecel Zimbabwe subscribers who have been selected to test the Telecel mobile Internet platform launched towards the end of last year has been mixed.

And we’re back!

Finally, we’re back online. Problems with the site started today last week and it’s been hectic all week moving to a new web host in South Africa. We faced a few hitches during the move. But it’s all done now.

Zimbo Jam hits two million page views per month

Just a little over 5 months ago, Zimbabwe’s leading lifestyle, arts and culture blog, Zimbo Jam, celebrated reaching a million page views in a single month. The site’s readership has kept growing since.

Powertel Outage slows down internet in Zimbabwe, Techzim affected

Since yesterday morning, we noticed traffic on the Techzim local site wasn’t replicating to the International mirror. Experience has taught us that when this happens it means our webhost, Webdev, doesn’t have International internet.

ICT developments to watch out for in 2011

2010 brought so much positive change to Zimbabwe’s ICT landscape. An exciting year indeed. But it’s behind us now and 2011 has just started. It remains to be seen if growth in the sector this year will happen at the same 2010 leaps-and-bounds rate. Still the new year looks promising from a couple of fronts. Especially the connectivity one.