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Facebook to introduce Free Basics internet in Zimbabwe, the project from Facebook which facilitates free internet access to specific website and platforms, and is now working under the name of Free Basics, is set to be launched for the Zimbabwean market in January 2016.

Net Neutrality pressure forces Facebook to open up

The net neutrality pressure in the 1.3 billion people market called India is yielding some interesting results. Facebook announced today a loosening up of to let “anyone” provide zero rated content via the platform. Developers, says Facebook, will be able to create services that integrate with Our first reaction was to doubt Facebook’s sincerity especially as […]

A review of Zim’s tech startup ecosystem in 2014: Its successes and disappointments

In just one week we are going to be counting down to the end of 2014 and ushering in another year that will hopefully be better than this one. Everyone who had their hand in business and entrepreneurship, like guys who are part of a tech startup can testify to this more than most. Though there wasn’t […]

Africom and e-Learning Solutions introduce unlimited internet package

Africom has partnered with local digital education provider, e-Learning Solutions, in the roll out of e-learning content which includes the mcourser platform that was launched in June this year. Their new package gives Africom broadband subscribers unlimited access to, and for $10 per month. This is meant to ease the data burden […]

In rejoicing for Zero rated content, Facebook & WhatsApp bundles, let’s worry about net neutrality

Locally, perceiving zero rated content packages, Facebook specific and WhatsApp specific bundled internet as anything less than positive feels like looking a gift horse in the mouth. It’s like pouring cold water over something that should be celebrated. But let’s have the net neutrality conversation for a minute. These zero rated websites and app specific bundles create an internet that is uneven. Right now, in […]

Facebook announces free data access in Zambia with

Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerburg has just announced that Facebook is launching the application in Zambia. This app allows free data access to basic internet services. Zambia is the first country which will benefit from this project and its large set of free internet services with other countries in other parts of the […]

Latest Podcast: Econet Zero, Startup investment, DStv stuff & eTech Africa

Here’s our latest podcast. As usual, very exciting for us to do, and we hope it also makes pleasurable listening for you. In this episode we discuss the amazing service that is Econet Zero; we touch on early stage startup investment in Zimbabwe and what the problems could be (possible solutions as well); we also discuss […]

Econet Zero will help create a generation of tech wonder kids

On Tuesday Econet launched Econet Zero, a follow-up package to their Ecoschools initiative. From what they have promised to deliver with it, every Econet broadband subscriber will have free access to over 50 websites that offer learning content. For anyone keen on adopting a new skill or refining one that they already possess this presents […]

Econet Zero in early glitch as some customers report being charged on free sites (update)

Update: We have since tested Econet Zero again and Wikipedia is now working. Econet has also advised that they have fixed the minor glitch. Econet yesterday announced a ground-breaking product called Econet Zero which gives all Econet Broadband subscribers free access to more than 50 educational websites. Amid all the fan fare of the launch […]

Econet Zero’s free access to Wikipedia, Coursera, edX – greatest event in Zim’s net history

If there’s one tool I’ve been always been thankful to the internet for since I came to know this amazing tool, it is Wikipedia. I cannot live without it, and I’m sure even you don’t spend a day without dropping by the site to feed on knowledge about whatever it is you’re browsing on. The […]

Econet announces Econet Zero: free access to these 50+ educational websites

Today, Econet Wireless, announced the launch of a new product called Econet Zero, which extends their existing initiative; EcoSchool. Econet Zero gives all Econet subscribers free access to more than 50 educational websites. Early this year MTN South Africa introduced free access to Wikipedia but Econet has pushed the envelope further and presenting the new product, Econet’s […]