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Econet Global Interested In Securing Ethiopian Telecoms Licence

Econet Global, owned by Strive Masiyiwa is reportedly looking to acquire a telecoms licence in Ethiopia. The East African country is opening up the telecommunications industry to foreign investors for the first time as they plan to sell upto 49% of the state-owned Ethiopian Telecommunications before issuing two spectrum licences. Econet is not alone with […]

Ecocash launches ‘Ecocash Home Wallet’ in UK

Techzim was recently alerted to the launch of Ecocash’s Home Wallet, a service that essentially allows those in the diaspora to access and enjoy local Ecocash services, acting as if they are here in Zimbabwe. Their announcement states that those in the UK would be able to register for the service on the Cassava Remit website, the remittances […]

Strive Masiyiwa will be a keynote speaker at Mobile World Congress 2017, the industry’s largest exhibition & conference

Strive Masiyiwa – image credit: Mobile World Congress 2017 – this year’s edition of the mobile industry’s largest annual exhibition and conference  -is around the corner. As the event that has consistently introduced the world to some awesome tech (Samsung usually launches its flagship device there) and interesting insights, it’s already inspired a lot of talk […]

Econet responds to tax evasion & transfer pricing scandal – dismisses allegations, says case is already before the courts

Econet Wireless, Zimbabwe’s largest mobile network operator (MNO) has come under some scrutiny regarding a tax evasion and externalisation scandal which alleges that the MNO deprived the country of up to US$300 million. The issue, which first drew attention in 2014 recently resurfaced after media reports, citing an audit report prepared in 2016, highlighted how […]

Econet Group acquires Chitoro, a UK based money remittance firm

It turns out the Econet Group, the parent company of Econet Wireless Zimbabwe and a slew of other subsidiaries in telecoms and technology, snapped up Chitoro.

EcoCash Diaspora launches partnership with UK based remittance firm, Chitoro

The arrangement between EcoCash Diaspora and Chitoro allows people in the United Kingdom as well as 10 other countries in Europe to send money directly to a recipient’s EcoCash wallet in either Zimbabwe or South Africa. Recipients can then choose to either use the funds at any EcoCash point of sale service facility or to cash out the money at any EcoCash agent.

Econet to hire over 200 people for new service, Kwesé TV

According to a statement released by Econet, the hiring process is still in progress and more than 200 people are expected to join the company over the next six months for the pay tv service. Kwesé TV will be operated out of offices in Johannesburg, South Africa and Dubai.

Liquid Telecom enters into partnership with MTN

Liquid Telecom, the Pan- African Telecoms infrastructure company has entered into a partnership with another African telecoms giant, MTN. This is part of an arrangement meant to ensure that the customers for both companies benefit from a wide fixed and wireless footprint.

Tengai’s partnership with Econet triggers backlash

Some readers argued that Tengai, the new online classifieds startup, though registered and fully operational as an entity that is not a subsidiary of Econet Wireless Zimbabwe or the Econet Group, has ties to the mobile operator and is leaning on this association in a way that violates net neutrality.

Orange in talks to buy four Airtel Africa subsidiaries – signs of tough times?

Two of Africa’s largest mobile networks, Orange and Airtel, announced that they had entered into an exclusive agreement to explore the possible acquisition by Orange of Airtel’s subsidiaries in four countries, Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo Brazzaville and Sierra Leone. Is this reflective of a tougher African telecoms environment?

Econet’s Group CEO quit recently. Who was this guy anyway?

Econet Wireless Global’s CEO Craig Fitzgerald is reported to have stepped down from his position at the helm of the multinational concern. While most of the focus has always been on Econet’s founder, here is a look at some of the work Fitzgerald was responsible during his tenure.