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Zimbabwe’s internet speeds versus other African countries

Nobody wants slow internet. In Zimbabwe, we all dream of having that awesome home internet connection that allows us to stream to our heart’s content, download gigabytes in seconds and video chat with friends and family without issues. Unfortunately, the reality is that we don’t always get what we want. Zimbabweans always complain of slow […]


ZOL Announces Price Increase – Here’s What You’ll Pay Now (May 2020)

ZOL has announced yet another price increase which doesn’t come as much of a surprise considering just how the local currency has weakened over the last 2 weeks. The new pricing for ZOL’s packages is now structured as follows: Package Name Data $ Home Wibroniks Unlimited Unlimited $3,105 Fibroniks Zoom 10GB (Pay As You Go) […]


TelOne Announces New Prices For Broadband Packages

TelOne has announced the new pricing for their broadband offerings which have been effected from today (14 March). For TelOne Packages Prices as of September 2020 (the most recent price adjustment) click the link here Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or OneMoney number: Buy Please dial […]


ZOL Announces Scheduled Maintenance, Less Than A Week After Completing Another

ZOL has sent out an email to subscribers announcing that there will be planned maintenance from the 13th to the 14th of February. The maintenance period will result in service disruption for customers. Whilst service maintenance is nothing odd, it is a bit odd that ZOL is carrying this one out so soon after the […]


Zim Broadband 147th Most Expensive Among 206 Countries

Two things are certain in life: death and taxes. If you’re Zimbabwean however expensive internet is a third thing you can add on that list because the cost of broadband in Zim is out of the reach of many. Over the past few months that has gotten worse because of our crumbling economy and POTRAZ […]


Liquid Telecom Launching 5G Roaming Service In “Early 2020”

Liquid Telecom is set to launch the first 5G wholesale roaming service in South Africa early in the year. The service will be available in all major South African cities. Liquid will be selling South African networks access to their 5G network since they are one of the few telecoms players with access to the […]


Broadband in Africa: Which Countries Are Winning?

Every time POTRAZ (the telecoms regulator here in Zim) publishes a new set of quarterly results one can’t help but feel like the data in there can be used as a benchmark to compare where Zimbabwe is compared to other African countries. With this in mind, I compiled a list of statistics that I believe […]


TelOne Announces New Broadband Tariffs Coming Into Effect In November

TelOne –like ZOL– is revising their broadband packages this coming month. It seems all players in the industry from mobile providers to residential and office providers have decided to change their packages in one go. TelOne’s residential packages are now priced as follows: SME broadband packages are nor priced as follows: Finally, public wifi pricing […]


TelOne To Launch Wibroniks Competitor: Blaze

TelOne will reportedly be launching a new wireless internet service which they’ve chosen to call Blaze. Just like Wibroniks, Blaze will offer customers an LTE-based connection and a choice between an indoor modem and a MiFi device which will be priced at $472 and $333 respectively. For the MiFi device, you’ll need a line which […]


NetOne Has Gained 200 000 Subscribers Over The Past 2 Months

As we continue unpacking Lazarus Muchenje’s interview with Trevor Ncube more interesting tidbits of information continue to come out. The CEO shared that over the past two months they have grown their subscriber base significantly: by 200 000 customers if we’re being exact. Just in the past two months alone, we have grown our subscriber […]


ZOL Introduces LTE Data Line To Compete With Econet & NetOne

In these trying times, businesses are forced to up their game and give customers the best experience possible. For ZOL that has meant rolling over data for capped subscribers, anniversary billing for uncapped subscribers and now the introduction of LTE data lines that will work on your phone. The data line will work with existing […]


[Breaking] Econet Reviewing Bundle Prices Again On The 29th Of August

Econet subscribers have been receiving SMS from their network provider to the tune that bundle prices are going to be reviewed (for the millionth time) tomorrow. The SMS read: Dear Customer. Please take note bundle prices for Data & SMS will be reviewed effective 29 August 2019. Dial *143# or *151# to buy Data or […]


TelOne Increases Price For Their Internet Packages

TelOne has become the latest telecoms company to increase their internet prices, joining a host of mobile network operators who have been increasing their prices frequently over the last few months. The new tariffs you’ll pay for your home internet will are as follows: It seems the days of internet access being a privilege might […]


Telecel Reviews WhatsApp & Social Media Bundles

In what must be one of the slowest announcement of new bundles, Telecel is still announcing bundle reviews and it seems today the focus is on the new pricing for social media bundles. WhatsApp Bundles will now be priced as follows: Instagram bundles: Facebook bundles: Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: […]


One Top-Up Gives NetOne Subscribers 10% Discount For Buying Airtime With OneMoney

NetOne has been trying to incentivise use of their OneMoney platform and their One Top-Up service seems like a pretty good way to do so. One Top-Up gives a 10% discount to customers purchasing airtime using the OneMoney platform and NetOne is positioning the product as more than just an incentive for customers as they […]


Liquid Telecom Rolling Out South Sudan’s First Fibre Network

Liquid Telecom will implement and operate South Sudan’s first fibre broadband network, connecting the country to the “One Africa”broadband network, which is approaching 70,000km across 13 African countries and to the rest of the world. The first phase of this project is due to be completed before year-end, with network expected to eventually be available […]


[Press Release] President Commissions The TelOne Beitbridge-Masvingo-Harare Fibre Link

TelOne has set itself as the Carrier of Carriers following the commissioning of the company’s National Backbone fibre link by the President of the Republic Of Zimbabwe Cde E.D. Mnangagwa on Wednesday 13 March 2019. Background The TelOne Beitbridge-Masvingo-Harare Optic Fibre Link is a sub-project under the National Broadband Project which was funded through the […]


POTRAZ Consulting Public On How They Can Improve Internet Connection In Rural Areas

POTRAZ has put out a notice in newspapers consulting the general public and interested parties on a proposed light licensing of rural broadband fixed wireless access systems. The notice reads: The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) intends to make the frequency bands 2400- 2483 MHz and 5 725-5 875 MHz available for […]


Zimbabwe ISP’s ordered to shutdown internet again

Posted By friends of Techzim as our local team is presently disconnected… It seems that the Government of Zimbabwe has issued yet another directive to ISPs forcing them to shutdown the internet again at approximately midnight last night. We can only assume that the enterprising Zimbabweans out there were finding bypasses to the continuous attempts […]


[Updated] You Can No Longer Buy Econet’s Yo Mix Bundles Using EcoCash

So we’ve talked about Yo Mix and how much value for money their bundles tend to offer (your mileage may vary it seems). I’ve been using the bundles for quite some time now and when purchasing the bundles you could either do so through your EcoCash and your airtime balance. It seems the EcoCash option […]


[Updated]TelOne’s WiFi Home And Away Service Hasn’t Been Working. Is It Actually Dead?

TelOne’s Home & Away service has not been working as smoothly as it should be over the past few weeks (and maybe even longer than that). Home & Away enables TelOne home broadband customers to use their home credentials to access service at any of TelOne’s wifi hot spots countrywide. How long has it been […]


Yo Mix Bundles Actually Offer Excellent Value Compared To ‘Normal’ Bundles

So Econet recently gave Elevate members the ability to buy custom bundles and after taking a closer look at what’s on offer, I think this is the best offering when it comes to bundles. What you can get? For $5 you can get 2.5 GB weekly on Yo Mix vs 650 MB + 650 MB […]


[Video] ZOL Explains Why They Had To Increase Their Pricing

A lot of subscribers have been up in arms following ZOLs revision of their pricing at the end of October. ZOL have taken to their Facebook page to conduct a live video explaining the challenges they face and they hope customers can bear with them. The video is embedded below: Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime […]


Is TelOne Following In ZOL’s Footsteps And Revising Broadband Packages?

It seems the economic crunch is biting everyone quite hard and though many cried foul when ZOL revised their broadband prices we had a feeling TelOne would do the same thing if the economic situation stayed the same. It seems that’s now the case. TelOne seems to have made some changes even though they are […]


Policy And Regulation Are Among Biggest Contributors To Zim’s Crazy Internet Costs

That we have expensive internet does not come as a surprise. What may come as a surprise is just how bloody expensive that internet is when compared to other countries. This always leads one to wonder why the internet is expensive this side anyway… The Alliance For Affordable Internet (A4AI) made the Affordability Drivers Index […]


Zimbabwe Ranks 125 Out of 200 Countries In Broadband Speeds, Slips Down By 16 Places

The average broadband speed around the world has increased from 7Mbps to just over 9Mbps over the past year, according to research by Measurement Lab, which says the data has been collected from 168 million speed tests in 200 countries for a period of one year ending May 19, 2018. Published by Cable, the data reveals that Singapore […]


Who exactly is Steward Bank looking for???

I’m sure by now you know that Steward Bank is looking for freelancers (teams or individuals) to collaborate with on some fintech projects. If not, well then this should help free you from that rock! Anyway, as per promise, we will be helping you understand what the collaboration is all about. We’ll take it one […]


What A New Zimbabwe Could Learn From Kenya To Reverse Falling Internet Penetration Rate

Poa! internet is a relatively new ISP in Kenya with a unique business model. Their focus is on the low income earners in the slums of Nairobi, the capital. They use solar powered hotspots to deliver the internet and provide free access to schools, health centres, churches, mosques and youth centres.  Poa! uses Liquid’s fibre network […]


Are ISPs ripping customers off of their data?

We wrote an article last week on how TelOne has introduced a new feature which enables its clients to monitor their internet usage. I slightly described my own ordeal with a different ISP (Internet Service Provider) which I thought was just ‘one of those’ but it was quite interesting to note that quite a number […]


TelOne to alert customers of their internet usage through SMS notifications

During my first month of using home wifi, I wasn’t well versed on what activities would exhaust my data. I was just told “don’t download” and likewise I avoided it as much as I could. My wifi also had a lot of downtime, so much that I grew weary of calling my ISP to fix […]