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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 […]


Google Opening Up Wave To More Than 100,000 Testers Tomorrow

I should admit, I never really watched the full Google Wave Developer Preview at Google I/O 2009 video back then in June when TechCrunch’s MG Siegler posted an article about it. Heck, all the developer-this-developer-that talk got me thinking this product didn’t have a decent user-ready face to look at yet. The idea was the […]


The Prime Minister’s Opening Address At 2009 ICT Africa Exhibition

We can’t upload a 10 minute long video speech here due to bandwidth limitations so we posted the MP3 version of Morgan Tsvangirai’s address at the opening of the 2009 ICT Africa Exhibition at the Harare International Conference Center. Tsvangirai Opening 2009 Ict A by Morgan Download now or listen on posterous Morgan_Tsvangirai_Opening_2009_ICT_Africa_Zim.mp3 (10493 KB) […]


Econet Enlists ZTE and Ericsson In $200m Deal To Expand Network

Econet is set to increase its subscriber base from the current 3 million to about 5 million following agreements worth over $170 million with the Swedish Ericsson and ZTE of China The only operator in Zimbabwe with GPRS and EDGE enabled on its base stations, the expansion will propel Econet even further ahead of its […]


And The 2009 ICT Africa Best Stand Winner Is……

Zimbabwe Online (ZOL) scooped this year’s ICT Africa best stand prize beating close contenders Yo! Africa, Toshiba, The Ubuntu Team and WebDev! Before the announcement, almost everyone I spoke to agreed ZOL had beat the other exhibitors hands down. Everyone except ZOL themselves; “Zvine politics izvi Makani, hatimbohwini hazviiti” (This’ a political game Makani, we […]


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 […]


3G Modems Available At Econet Service Centres For $120

Can’t afford a new 3G compliant smart phone? Fret not. Econet’s got just the solution for you. You can buy a 3G modem at any Econet service center for about $120. The sleek memory stick sized USB modem is exclusively supplied by Econet, who themselves are supplied by a company going by the name Business […]


The Zimbabwe Ubuntu Loco Team

The Ubuntu stand could have easily been nominated the most lively and most visited stand at the 2009 ICT Africa show. The “Freedom Toaster”, a Linux Installation media vending machine in which you insert a blank CD and burn any locally popular Linux distro was a huge attraction. Was impressed that the local Ubuntu community […]