We will not do what Econet did to you, says Telecel

Last week’s light jab at its fighting rivals wasn’t enough for Telecel. They’re not done yet taking optimum advantage of the situation. In a more settled and deeper response to the goings on with Econet and NetOne, Telecel statements in the print press attributed to the CEO Francis Mawindi, essentially offer that the company would […]
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Zimbabwe is more than ready for e-commerce and online shopping

This guest article was authored by Prosper Chikomo, an internet entrepreneur and author of Turning Iron into Gold: Golden Opportunities: How to Spot Them, Create Them, Make Money from Them, and How Not to Miss Them (Available on Amazon.com)  A doubtful Zimbabwean-banker asked me the question, “Is Zimbabwe ready for e-commerce? Did you do any market research […]
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Econet and NetOne agree to resume interconnection pending main hearing

Reports on yesterday’s High Court hearing on the interconnection dispute between Econet and NetOne say the two mobile operators made a “draft consent order” yesterday in which Econet agreed to resume interconnection services with NetOne pending the main hearing on the matter. The date of the hearing will be set after Econet files its arguments […]
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6 quick tips for pitching your startup at ZOL Jumpstart Challenge

Pitching is both an art and a science that every entrepreneur needs to master. Even if you possess a rare charm that enables you to sell ice to Eskimos, you still need to focus on articulating critical aspects of your startup. Ahead of this year’s ZOL Jumpstart Challenge, we’ve put together the few pointers below.  Each […]
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TelOne owes Econet much more interconnection money than NetOne does

Last month, when Econet Wireless chief executive, Douglas Mboweni, appeared before a parliamentary committee on Media, Information and Communication Technology on ICT, he reportedly disclosed that Econet is owed a whopping US $85 million by NetOne and TelOne in interconnection fees. Last week when Econet decided to terminate interconnection with NetOne it cited $20.4 million as […]
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biNu Surveys: Zimbabwe’s mobile browser preferences

Last week we posted that biNu, the Australian startup that just raised 2 million bucks to expand its feature phone platform, has introduced a new feature called biNu surveys, which is basically a tool for companies to poll biNu users across the world. The new feature is still in beta, but biNu opened the door […]
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Tech companies’ exhibitions at the Harare Agricultural Show (Pictures)

It’s called an “agricultural show” but there are really all kinds of companies that exhibit there.  Motor companies, those doing music, NGOs, government departments, financial institutions, educational institutions and, yes, tech companies; mobile operators, internet providers, tech hardware companies and one or two software development firms. In fact, we didn’t even visit the agriculture stuff at this […]
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NetOne accuses Econet of possible economic sabotage in Zimbabwe

Econet Wireless cut us out during an important national event constituting a possible case of economic sabotage, is the latest accusation from Zimbabwe’s state owned mobile operator, NetOne, which last week had its interconnection with Econet severed as a dispute over unpaid interconnection fees escalated. The interconnection was restored after NetOne challenged the decision at […]
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Full text of NetOne’s notice on interconnection dispute with Econet

Earlier, we reported that NetOne released a notice today basically saying that in addition to making an application to the High Court to have Econet restore the interconnection (which they have done), NetOne is also taking the matter to the police so Econet board and management can be held liable for the “crime”. The NetOne […]
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Thanks to ZiFM now we can listen to Zimbabwe radio on the internet

Some months ago, when this beloved country of ours essentially had only one radio broadcaster, we posted an article complaining that we couldn’t conveniently access this broadcaster’s content conveniently. See, they don’t stream the radio live on the internet and because of it it’s easy to just resort to other “foreign” radio stations that do […]
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NetOne threatens to have Econet leaders arrested over Interconnection dispute

NetOne is not taking the blow they suffered from Econet yesterday lightly. In a press notice released today, the state owned mobile operator has threatened to have Econet Wireless Zimbabwe’s board and management arrested over the termination of interconnection services between the two mobile operators that Econet carried out yesterday. After the termination, NetOne made […]
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Econet to terminate interconnection with Zim government owned operator NetOne

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has issued a public notice that the company will terminate mobile network interconnection services to the state owned mobile operator NetOne today, 23 August 2012. The notice, which was published in Zimbabwe’s print press today, cites the repudiation of their interconnection agreement by NetOne as the reason. As you may be aware, […]
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Barclays’ mobile money smartphone app Pingit launched in Kenya. Zim & others to follow

Pingit, Barclays’ smartphone mobile banking app, has been extended to Africa, with the first implementation launched in Kenya. An announcement posted on the institution’s global website says the application will be launched in additional Africa markets, including Zimbabwe, in the next couple of months. It is an app much like the CABS textacash service in terms of […]
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Zim web & mobile startups: Here’s the ZOL Jumpstart Challenge Process

The BarCamp and ZOL Jumpstart Challenge website is up. It’s challenge.jumpstart.co.zw. Over the past few weeks, we have been working to secure sponsorship for both the BarCamp and Jumpstart Challenge. We have also been working to structure the events and processes to incorporate lessons from last year’s events. On the Jumpstart Challenge, we are excited […]
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Website set up to “expose truths” about Old Mutual

In a case of Internet activism in Zimbabwe, an individual, or group of individuals (it’s not apparent on the site) has set up a website to campaign against what it calls hypocrisy by Old Mutual. The website’s address says just that actually; oldmutualhypocrisy.com. Amoung other things, the website accuses the corporate giant of being unapologetic […]
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A user’s review of the uMAX service

This review is written by someone who has used virtually every ISP in Zimbabwe since the year 2000 and has the battle scars to boot. This is not so much a technical review of the product but a user’s review of how the product delivers. This is deliberately so because at the end when all […]
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World Links bridging the digital divide

We have been profiling efforts by various Zimbabwean parties in providing access to ICT. We caught up with the folks at World Links Zimbabwe who have setup Telecentres, provide hardware to schools and train educators to incorporate ICT into their pedagogy. World Links is based at the Minstry of Education complex in Mt. Pleasant. The […]
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Westchase receives 2012 Microsoft Partner of the Year award

  Westchase Consultants, a local ICT solutions company that develops business application based on Microsoft platforms was recognized recently as 2012 Microsoft Partner of the Year for the Zimbabwean region. Westchase founder and managing director, Mkhululi Ndlovu, was presented with the award at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Canada last month. Westchase was […]
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Comment: Are POTRAZ’s infrastructure sharing regulations fair on Econet?

Yesterday, we posted an article titled “POTRAZ to introduce compulsory infrastructure sharing in new regulations” which basically talked about the Zimbabwe’s telecoms regulator’s move to institute legislation to enforce sharing on telecoms infrastructure  among telecoms licensees on commercial grounds. It’s not clear yet how commercially reasonable these grounds are going to need to be but we will all find […]
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