IT Professionals in Manicaland pioneer tech adoption in province

Secondary school students using computers in Harare, Zimbabwe (file photo) Recently President Robert Mugabe unveiled the latest school to benefit from the Presidential High Schools e-learning programme Landa John Nkomo High School at Manqe in Tsholotsho District. The school became the first in Tsholotsho to have a fully equipped computer laboratory, designed to bring e-learning. […]
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Current ADSL coverage in Zimbabwe (listing of cities and towns)

Along with the announcement of the availability of backhaul fibre connectivity, posted by TelOne today the company also posted an update on the locations in Zimbabwe that can now access ADSL services. The update also has the rollout plan for cities and towns that that don’t have the service yet. We separated it from the […]
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TelOne announces backhaul fibre availablility for operators & companies

TelOne, the state owned and Zimbabwe’s sole fixed telecoms company announced today the availability of backhaul transmission facilities for leasing to other telecoms operators, government institutions, private companies and NGOs. According to the announcement, the backhaul connections are available on the SDH interfaces and IP Ethernet interfaces. The units of bandwidth announced are the following: […]
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Connectivity

Econet owed $85m by NetOne & TelOne. About sharing infrastructure, USF

Today, the Econet CEO, Douglas appeared before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Media, Information and Communication Technology on ICT. The appearance was for discussion on various issues ranging from tariffs, infrastructure sharing, future investment in telecoms and network rollout amoung other issues. We (and now you) have been lucky enough to receive a detailed report in […]
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Connectivity

Across Africa MTN celebrates Madiba day

South African based telecoms company MTN Group marked Mandela Day by conducting various acts of goodwill in some of it’s operations across Africa and the Middle East. The 18th of July has been officially adopted by the United Nations as “Nelson Mandela International Day”. Mandela Day marks the birthday of South Africa’s first democratic president […]
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1,000 Zimbabwe schools to have e-Learning facilities by December, ICT Minister

Techzim caught up with Zimbabwe’s Minister of ICT, Nelson Chamisa, recently to get some insights into the ongoing e-Learning program rollout that the government has embarked on. In our interview with him, the minister said that the government plans to have e-Learning facilities at at least 1,000 primary and secondary schools in the country by […]
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Connectivity

MobileNEWS introduces more convenient pricing

The Herald’s MobileNEWS service is now available for US 88c per week. The new pricing option is advertised in today’s (18 July 2012) copy of the newspaper. Earlier we reported that The Herald’s Mobile News service had managed to sign up 5,000 subscribers after it’s first month of operation. This was based upon statements released […]
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Altfin’s SMS based medical aid service now available across networks

In June, Altfin announced that their SMS and USSD mobile based medical aid service, MedAccess, would be made available on the other two major mobile network providers in Zimbabwe. The company has delivered on that promise. Starting a couple of days ago, Altfin has been advertising the availability of the service to Econet and Telecel […]
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Connectivity

Will MTN be snookered by deepening bribery scandal?

The bribery scandal involving the MTN Group and its Iranian associate MTN Irancell is gathering momentum following the suspension of Yusuf Saloojee, South Africa’s ambassador to Oman. Saloojee is the former SA ambassador to Tehran and is among government officials named in the Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetlera AS lawsuit documents citing bribery in the awarding of […]
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NetOne in US $200 million equipment deal with Huawei Technologies

Zimbabwe’s state owned weekly, The Sunday Mail says today that NetOne, a state owned mobile network operators, has signed a telecoms equipment deal for 2,000 base stations worth US $200 million with major Chinese telecommunications equipment and services company Huawei Technologies. According to the report, the equipment will enable NetOne to upgrade old equipment as […]
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Connectivity

The Samsung Galaxy S 3 officially launched in Zimbabwe

Some several hours ago, Samsung Zimbabwe officially launched the Galaxy S III at a colourful function in Harare attended by the some notable names in the Zimbabwe tech industry. The Galaxy S III has been a big deal globally, for many good reasons such as being the fastest selling gadget in history, so it’s no […]
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Startups

mTutor marches towards commercial launch on Econet network

After their success at the FMNA ZeTXT Apps Challenge we caught up with the team behind the winning app mTutor to see how much progress they have made to commercialise their product. mTutor the brainchild of developers Prince Kaguda and Douglas Chifetete was a case of second time lucky as they had participated in last […]
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Broadband

Update on MICT policy consultation schedule

Last week we published the schedule for the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology’s (MICT) consultative review workshops. Unfortunately there were some errors in the original schedule we received. Some of our readers had wondered if the Ministry would conduct a consultation session in Masvingo. To our knowledge this was done on the 5th of […]
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Now 270,000 active EcoCash users, and more than 1.5m registered

We just picked up and thought we would share some insightful EcoCash stats in a report posted yesterday by the GSMA on their blog Mobile Money for the Unbanked. The GSMA got the stats from the head of EcoCash, Francis Matseketsa. We’ll just give a summary here of what we found interesting. You can read […]
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Africom in aggressive network expansion

In a sign of the increasing excitement in  Zimbabwe’s Internet industry, news reaching us is that Africom is aggressively expanding their network. Africom a major player in Zimbabwe’s telecoms industry offers voice and data (fixed and mobile) products using the wireless CDMA EV-DO Revision A standard. The company whose roots are in the enterprise sector […]
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Econet Wireless Zimbabwe celebrates 14th anniversary

The 10th of July marks the date Econet Wireless Zimbabwe was granted its GSM mobile network operating license back in 1998. Today, the company celebrates its 14th anniversary. In press adverts celebrating the occasion, the company expresses pride of its position as leader in the local telecoms market despite being granted an operating license after […]
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Telecel hits 2 million subscribers. Zimbabwe’s mobile penetration now 80%

A press released we just received from Telecel says the company has surpassed 2 million active subscribers. The new milestone means Telecel has added on some 200,000 subscribers since the March stats released by the company last month. Telecel is the second largest GSM mobile network operator in Zimbabwe by number of subscribers. The largest […]
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Broadband

6 suggestions for Zim’s ICT policy

It is noble that the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) is drafting a national ICT policy document. But what will this policy achieve? Government policy documents run the same risk as corporate strategy documents. Management invests a lot of time and money into the process of consultation, drafting and formulation including creative offsite […]
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Connectivity

Google launches “Legalise Love” campaign to promote gay rights

Internet search giant and one of the worlds largest tech companies, Google, is launching a campaign called “Legalise Love” a Google call to “decriminalise homosexuality and eliminate homophobia around the world.” The campaign was launched on Saturday 7 July starting in Singapore and Poland and according to reports, “will focus on places with homophobic cultures, […]
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PowerTel expands mobile broadband service to Mutare, Rusape and Marondera

PowerTel, the state owened Internet Access Provider (IAP), last week launched mobile broadband services in Zimbabwe’s 4th largest city, Mutare, and two major towns, Rusape and Marondera. PowerTel has been on a network expansion drive since last year in a bid to compete favourably against mobile network opreators and other new IAPs that have launched […]
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Connectivity

ICT Policy Review, the Roadmap

The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) has embarked on a 2 month long process to craft a new ICT Policy. The current ICT Policy was produced in 2005. At a press conference prior to the review process, ICT Minister Nelson Chamisa explained the rationale for the review saying “it has been six years […]
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