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Powertel, ZARNet & Africom merger process “painstakingly slow”

Over two years ago, the government announced that Powertel, ZARNet (Zimbabwe Academic and Research Network) and Africom would be merged. At the time I thought this made sense – I still do actually. All 3 are state-owned Internet Access Providers (IAPs) and Powertel and Africom at the time were deploying similar technologies so it made […]

#NSSAGate Africom Dismisses Techzim Story By Confirming Every Detail In The Story

So Techzim published a breakdown of what happened between NSSA, the Zimbabwe military and Africom which resulted in Zimbabwean citizens bearing a USD15 million loan that had been acquired by Africom. PR games Africom has published some statement in newspapers ‘clarifying’ what happened. In the statement they claim that ‘certain elements of the media’ (which […]

NSSA Scandal And Tech Pt 1: Zim Army, Africom, NSSA Robbed Zimbabweans Of Millions

The NSSA forensic audit report which was made public a few weeks ago is making all the headlines. There is a lot in the report that is relevant to Zimbabwe’s tech space and we will break things down over a series of articles. Let’s start with the story of Africom, the army and NSSA. Starts […]

Africom Hikes Its Tarrifs Too

Africom has followed the steps of other service providers by readjusting its tariffs in the face of the current economic reality. The Internet Service Provider has released new tariffs for voice, mobile data bundles and fixed broadband that will take effect today. Here are the new tariffs: Also read: NetOne Increases Prices Too, POTRAZ Forces […]

Zimbabwe Doesn’t Need More Mobile Network Operators: POTRAZ

POTRAZ director technical services Engineer Baxton Sirewu has said that it is no longer possible for new Mobile Network Operator licences to be issued as the available spectrum had run out. He also said that Zimbabwe does not need new mobile network operators given its geographic size and the size of the population. … we […]

Airtime Yese On Techzim: Stop Being Cheated By Tuckshops And Vendors

So it would appear my colleague covered this a while back but I did not pay much attention to it until it happened to me. So about a week ago my Telecel Mega Bundles expired and I wanted to renew them as I use them for WhatsApp, especially WhatsApp calling something I cannot do with […]

Powertel, Africom and ZARnet To Merge: What Could This Mean?

State enterprises Powertel, Zarnet (Zimbabwe Academic and Research Network) and Africom were announced to be merging by Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa. Most readers will be familiar with Powertel and Africom who both act as Internet Access Providers (IAP) and Internet Service Providers, whilst ZARnet was established to provide internet to the government, academia and research […]

How To Use The Africom ECG Dongle

We recently tested Africom’s ECG Dongle, which we stated identifies problems with the heart, such as heart disease, heart failure, and cardiomyopathy etc. Now, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to actually use the device. How to take an exam with the ECG Dongle. Download and install the ‘ECG Dongle’ application from the Google Play Store or […]

Africom Introduces New Device To Help Identify Heart Problems

Africom is launching a new health-focused ECG(Electrocardiography) Dongle, which identifies problems with the heart, such as heart disease, heart failure, and cardiomyopathy etc. The device allows one to check their heart rate from the comfort of their homes.  The ECG dongle is being launched on 3rd of March in Bindura. February also happens to be Heart […]

Wanna make some bucks? Africom Is Looking For On Demand Broadband Installers

In case you missed it, Africom is looking for broadband installers to install broadband wireless internet in Harare, Chitungwiza, Norton and Mutare. Africom seems to be adopting the Kwese’s model of satelite tv installation. Instead of employing full time employees to install their dishes, they outsource (aka technites). Here’s the Africom ad in more detail. BROADBAND […]

Africom Hit Hard By Cash Crisis, Sinks Even Lower

I know, it is easy to forget that Africom is still active in the Internet Access Provider race. It is easy to forget because the company has been struggling and losing ground to competitors. The latest POTRAZ quarterly report shed light on the extent of the struggles the company is facing. From Q1 to Q2 […]

Nhaka TV says it has invested US $3 million in new TV streaming service

In an earlier article, I wrote about the launch of Nhaka TV’s video streaming service and the problems I had understanding exactly what they are on to. I sent them some questions in an attempt to have everything simplified. I didn’t quite succeed in the endeavor. The responses were evasive to say the least. Usually a sign a […]

Powertel relaunches unlimited internet promotion, offers downloads & surfing for $2 a day

Zimbabwean internet access provider Powertel is relaunching its unlimited internet package with an all you can surf and download offer. for $2 a day.

This is how e-Health will impact the next 5 years of medical service delivery in Zimbabwe

According to what’s been shared at the recent Zimbabwe Medical Association conference, here are 5 ways in which e-Health will be implemented to solve health-related challenges in Zimbabwe.

Minister of ICT says government’s investment in telecoms meant to encourage private sector growth rather than crowd it out

The Zimbabwean government’s interest telecoms infrastructure is meant to provide a platform for the private sector to flourish through the rollout of value-added services and third party providers like Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs).

New Zimbabwean operator Viva Mobile gets green light to launch, confirms carrier relationship with Africom

Viva Mobile, a Zimbabwean telecoms service that has been planning to launch as the country’s first Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) has finally been given the go ahead by the industry regulator to start operating and will be going live in August this year.

TelOne leads Zimbabwe’s infrastructure sharing, creates division to manage Africom, NetOne, ZETDC infrastructure

Local fixed telecoms operator, TelOne, will play a central role in Zimbabwe’s plans for telecoms infrastructure sharing by housing the division that will manage the infrastructure for four state-owned companies – Africom, NetOne, TelOne, and ZETDC.

Africom revises internet packages, offers weekend and night browsing options

Africom, another local internet provider also unveiled a revised list of data bundle packages. Africom has maintained the MiChoice tag for its internet bundles, with the packages falling into 3 categories – MiChoice Unlimited, MiChoice Regular and MiChoice night Browser.

The cost of internet in Zimbabwe – an overview of broadband packages

However, we are still not at a point where data service costs become an afterthought. Local internet prices are still steep, particularly for the majority of Zimbabweans who use mobile devices to go online. The absence of regulatory intervention hasn’t helped either. All the changes we’ve noticed so far are a reuslt of macro-economic forces in a tough economy.

Telecel sold, Zimpost mobile money, digital content theft, Xiaomi in Africa – Podcast

This episode covers the sale of Telecel to the government and NSSA’s involvement, the theft of digital content, Zimpost’s payment platform and the changing African devices market.

As Xiaomi enters Africa, local IAP, Africom takes lead for Zim market – offers a $250 device

Xiaomi is headed to Africa – well, to parts of it, anyway. Official distributors of the Chinese brand are opening their doors to the public through an official distributor, Mobile In Africa, who will service 3 countries (Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria), and all this is scheduled for this month.

TelOne expanding distribution network through local agents & entrepreneurs

TelOne has started inviting people interested in becoming sales agents for its products and services to contact the operator or submit details at the Harare Post Office. This franchising opportunity is part of TelOne’s strategy to expand its footprint while managing costs.

Is internet in Zimbabwe really that much cheaper?

Many would like to believe that internet is now cheaper in Zimbabwe but other than the promotional packages i feel that we are still a bit high. Mobile data which would provide the most convenient delivery of internet is ridiculously expensive.

Exclusive: Powertel launches promotion with 15 GB for $35 internet & a $175 unlimited package

Local Internet Access Provider Powertel has unveiled a new set of internet packages for its Winter Data promotion. These packages range from a $35 for 15 GB service to a $175 unlimited uncapped package that brings back an unlimited internet service to Powertel.

Liquid Telecom set to launch a VoIP service in Harare. What’s the idea behind it though?

Liquid Telecom is set to launch a VoIP service. While this seems like a move into enterprise voice solutions, it doesn’t seem entirely clear how that will play out with its own subsidiary, ZOL Zimbabwe, providing a VoIP service for both enterprise and residential clients.

How much to go online? – here are the prices for Zimbabwean internet services

Take a look at the calendar, the month of April is as good as over. This means that we have breezed through the first one-third of the year. In local tech and broadband, a lot has come with that passage of time, including a review of voice tariffs. We all hoped the Government and POTRAZ, […]

What sort of chances does TelOne have with its Metro Wi-Fi?  

At the 2014 Broadband Forum, the conclusion was that the next frontier in broadband is retailing broadband right to the doorstep. Various ISPs made noise about FTTH promising to deliver services such as IPTV. Competition seems to be heating up with emerging solutions being rolled out including TelOne FTTH and ZOL Fibroniks. It’s even more […]

Africom offering cheapest internet service in Zimbabwe with new data promo

Just last week we were talking about the new unlimited data offer from Powertel that is supposed to start a return to glory and hopefully, good graces with disgruntled clients for the Internet Access Provider. It turns out, Africom also introduced its own special offer on data in the same period. The Africom Super Data Promotion […]

From voice services to fibre: How TelOne is going to get its groove back

It’s only one month into the year so it’s still OK to have a long list of resolutions and to make a set of promises. Even the captains of industry are on the same tip actually. As far as promises and expectations in local tech are concerned, TelOne has got me excited the most. Chipo Mtasa, […]

ZOL has disrupted the Zim internet space, is voice communication next?

Zimbabweans are very particular about the cost of a product or service and any adjustment made to that effect. This extends to anything that an entrepreneur might want to provide really. The market is very price sensitive, just ask Powertel. It’s all blamed on the tough economic environment. Every dollar counts so if you up the […]