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Telecom26 to provide connectivity to infectious disease testing programs in Zimbabwe

Telecom26 has announced that a partnership with long-time client SystemOne who’s initiative is to enable real-time testing results communication to help timely containment and treatment of infectious diseases will be extended to Ghana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Background Telecom26 is an independent global mobile network operator (MNO) founded in Switzerland in 2012. They have their own […]

A New Internet Access Provider In Zimbabwe, Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) Of South Africa Enters Market

Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) today opened its office in Harare, Zimbabwe, marking its first network expansion into African markets outside of South Africa. The DFA Zimbabwe operations are headed up by Simon Chimutsotso, a seasoned executive with extensive experience in rolling out telecommunications infrastructure in Zimbabwe, Zambia, and South Africa. According to DFA, an accomplished executive […]

Why A Lot of Africans Are Not On the Internet. The Answer is Not As Obvious

One thought that was shared at AfricaCom 2017 last month that kept nagging me was that of why the internet penetration rate was still low in Africa. This is particularly of interest to me because my livelihood comes from an internet startup and I am desperate to have more people online in Zimbabwe and Africa […]

The Internet is Back On After Being Off for Close to 6 Hours in Zimbabwe

How on earth did we survive before the internet? We got to taste it in Zimbabwe today. The internet suddenly went awol and there was no explanation from anyone. The only internet we know that was working was Telecel and NetOne and TelOne in drips and drabs. Articles that are following this one will investigate […]

Zimbabwe’s business leaders to be more proactive about tech at #BroadbandEconomy2017

It’s said over and over but it still hasn’t been said enough times that technology, and the internet particularly, has changed things. Gone is the day when business leaders delegated all thought around tech to people they believe are more techy than they are. The frank truth is that, this is not delegation but it […]

UN says online rights are also human rights and must be protected

In the last several days, some governments around the world raised their hands in solidarity with the importance of internet freedoms. The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council last week passed a landmark resolution which seeks protection of human rights on the Internet. The resolution is on “the promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights […]

As Zimbabwe announces Bond Notes, how can tech help

If you witnessed the sorry state of the Zimbabwean economy in the 100 trillion dollar note days,  it’s hard to not be skeptical when the same government introduces a new note. That the note comes with the word “Bond” becomes just a technicality because the trust factor, which is very important in financial matters, is significantly eroded. So when the […]

Announcing Broadband Forum 2015, Now that the internet is here

Before we announce any event we now always ask ourselves “Would I be excited about attending this event? Would I feel it’s addressing the things that are important to me? Would I want to me the kind of people that come to such an event?” And we ask other people too? If the answer is no, […]

TelOne introduces ADSL prepaid scratch cards

TelOne, Zimbabwe’s sole fixed line operator, has just announced the introduction of physical prepaid recharge cards for their ADSL broadband service. The recharge cards come in $25, $45, $85 and $160 denominations which have data caps of 10GB, 25GB, 50GB and unlimited data respectively. We expected the different cards to have uniform speeds but a contact at the company tells us this […]

POTRAZ to develop Zimbabwe’s National Broadband Plan in 2015

Zimbabwe’s telecoms regulator, POTRAZ, has said that in 2015 it expects to develop a National Broadband Plan with the help of operators and other broadband ecosystem ‘stakeholders’. Responding to our questions, the acting director general, Baxton Sirewu, said today that the national broadband emphasises “the vital role of broadband in underpinning national competitiveness”, and that […]

Liquid Telecom looking to raise US $150 million for network expansion in Africa

Barely a month after it was announced that Econet Wireless Global had raised US $150 million, we’re picking up that the global telecoms group is raising a similar figure as a loan and that this time it’s for the expansion of Liquid Telecom’s network across the continent. According to a post on Global Capital Liquid Telecom is looking […]

The question of Zimbabwe’s VSAT landing rights fees and TelOne’s new service

During the Broadband Forum which Techzim hosted two weeks ago, it emerged that TelOne’s new VSAT service, the low cost Ka-Band they launch last month, may be in violation of new license fees stipulated by the government last year when license fees for telecoms services were revised. In Statutory Instrument 115 of 2013, which came into effect on 10 July […]

TelOne announces Ka-Band VSAT pricing. $670 setup and $51 monthly subs

A little over a month ago when we wrote about TelOne’s new Ka-Band VSAT internet service, the company said it hadn’t yet finalised the pricing. Today, at a breakfast meeting held in Harare, TelOne released the pricing of the service. Equipment and installation price is $670 which is very low when compared to other VSAT options, even those […]

Hey Africa: Good Broadband = Good Business

Although Africa’s come a long way in the telecoms revolution, it’s collective broadband adoption rate leaves a lot to be desired. Poor access to Broadband is the 21st century equivalent of poor mobility in the 19th Century. Individuals, businesses and whole nations simply cannot afford not to participate in the knowledge economy, As Strive Masiyiwa […]

ZOL to launch a dongle based mobile WiMAX broadband service

Earlier this week, we received a tip in our inbox about a mobile broadband service about to be launched by ZOL, one of Zimbabwe’s largest ISPs. Here: ZOL has just introduced mobile WiMAX in the 2.5Ghz frequency range. Initially this was available via Econet at 2.5c per Mb with a window period of 30 days […]

Infrastructure development bank to raise money for TelOne fibre infrastructure

The Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe revealed yesterday that it will raise money for TelOne’s fibre backbone project through infrastructure bonds that will be floated next year. The bank’s chief executive, Charles Chikaura, said at a briefing that funds raised from the infrastructure bond will be shared between TelOne and Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC). TelOne’s fibre […]

Are you a bandwidth hog?

Yesterday I was reading about bandwidth hogs, a pejorative term for heavy internet users who, according to the article, keep ISP executives up at night because of their “selfish” ways. It appears that when it comes to using bandwidth users can be grouped into tiers using Pareto’s rule: roughly 20% of the users use 80% of the bandwidth.

Zuckerberg’s mission to connect more people in the world to the internet

Facebook and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg have launched a new project dubbed in a bid to bring internet access to the “next five billion people.” According to the United States Census Bureau, there are about 7.106 people in the world.

More innovation is needed for VSAT to thrive in Zimbabwe

For the past number of years we have been writing about the fall in broadband prices. Most, if not all, of these decreases are precipitated by two things: a fall in equipment and a fall in upstream bandwidth prices. Despite these commendable developments one area has been lagging behind: VSAT internet. VSAT is still prohibitively expensive.

Maybe it will take new generations to embrace the internet

Sometimes I wonder if we get the internet. We, the people that have been lucky enough to see the internet. Do we get how big a shift the internet is? Or are we too early into this new era we have to take it in a bit at a time, lest it throws the balance we’ve built around ourselves off?

The bill to Bill; Does SaaS subscription model spell trouble for emerging markets?

I remember some time ago reading an article which alleged that the then CEO of Microsoft, William “Bill” Gates, envisaged a world where people would pay Microsoft for the use of software every month. In the pre-broadband (well broadband was in its infancy) pre-cloud days this seemed far fetched, difficult if not impossible and downright ridiculous.

Everything is changing again! uMAX becomes Zim’s lowest priced broadband

Not anymore. uMAX has slashed prices so much they’re now as mass market as your mobile operators. The company announced today the introduction of a monthly 20GB data bundle for just $75 which comes with the uMAX setup equipment free.

A Zimbabwean geek’s letter to Santa

Me and Santa have been good pals since the PTC days when life was much simpler. For all my troubles the only choices I had to make were between Surface Mail, Air Mail, Telegraph. Calling my infamous and terrible aunts was a small matter of giving their numbers six weeks in advance to, you guessed it, the PTC operator.

Review: Windows 8 is here, are you ready for the OS of the future?

Microsoft recently finished development of their next Operating System (OS), Windows 8. The latest addition to the Windows family ushers in a radical UI change that you will either love or hate tremendously. I love it a lot. I have been using Windows 8 on and off since the release preview came out. I began […]

Why it’s hard to use Google Plus in Africa

I don’t use Google+ much. Techzim does have a page on which we share story updates, but personal posts are few and far between. And it’s not that Google plus is a ghost town. No. There’s a flurry of activity from the people I follow – Zimbabweans, Kenyans, Googlers in Africa, and Robert Scoble. The […]

Zimbabwe’s tele-density rises to 74.7%

Zimbabwe’s tele-density rose to 74.7% as 2011 came to a close. Mobile phone subscriber statistics we received from the Post and Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) recently show that all mobile phone operators registered an increase in subscribers since the last release of stats in September 2011.

Ubuntu how to: moving databases

I recently wanted to move a database from one computer to another. Fortunately I found a welcome guide at Moving the files is not really difficult, you can use FTP. Moving the database is a bit more challenging however.

How to: Using a CDMA modem to connect to the internet in Ubuntu

Two weeks ago, I posted an article on how to connect to the internet using mobile broadband (the dongles) in this Ubuntu How-to series of articles. The article solicited some great comments from readers with some comments providing alternative methods.

How to: Ubuntu and the Intex wireless adapter

A few months ago a friend lend me his laptop and I did what I always do; partitioned it and installed the latest Ubuntu operating system. It was a pretty old machine so the built in wireless card was no good. So I decided to do a little shopping and I was captivated by the Intex usb wireless adapter: it is cheap (about $14 in most shops) and portable (no larger than a flash disk). The downside, as I later discovered the hard way, is that this adapter requires a little tweaking to work with Ubuntu.

How to: Ubuntu and mobile broadband connectivity

I have said elsewhere in the series that the Ubuntu experience is not complete unless you have internet; good internet I mean. In addition, I provided a guide to choosing your ISP. In this article I will provide you with a guide to connecting to the internet using mobile broadband (the dongles) but before doing so I must expressly say three things: