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Econet, Telecel & NetOne added 52 new base stations in Q2 2021

Zimbabwe’s mobile network infrastructure saw 52 new base stations according to the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe’s (POTRAZ) Q2 2021 sector performance report. All of the players (NetOne, Econet and Telecel) all contributed with Econet putting up the most. 2G base stations Q2, 2021 Q1 2021 Q2 2021 Net Addition Market Share Econet […]

The 30% data, voice & bundle tariff hike had POTRAZ’s blessing

In news that you probably know, because NetOne customers are already feeling the brunt of voice, data, and SMS tariff hikes, the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) granted Zimbabwe’s mobile network operators NetOne, Telecel and Econet the green light for a 30% out of bundle price increase. The domino effect was set […]

Yet again, EcoSure registers users without consent and deducts money

Almost every single startup has dreams of one day launching an IPO. Going public has its charms, access to cheaper funding being the main draw. However, being publicly traded has its drawbacks. That cheaper funding comes with scrutiny and certain expectations from investors. Econet and EcoSure have investors too, hence expectations. That is what is […]

EcoCash turns 10, let us look back on its dramatic first decade

Yesterday, EcoCash celebrated its 10th anniversary. Only 10? It feels like we’ve had the mobile money solution for longer than that. That’s because of just how much impact the service has had in our lives. Granted, the last few years have been tough for the mobile money services provider. But there is no denying we […]

Govt says NetOne will soon deploy 5G base stations, here’s why I am not excited

Our beloved government has a sort of undeclared tradition: they save their most outrageous bald-faced promises which they have no intention of keeping for Sunday publications. On these days they make grand claims and promise us the world. Most of these promises are simply forgotten by the following week. Usually, these promises are rooted in […]

Econet, Netone ill-prepared for data demand, small towns suffer

They say you never really know a person until you have seen them deal with a slow internet connection. I’ve discovered myself in the past two months or so, turns out I might have anger issues. In my defence, how many times can one interact with the No Internet Connection Dino and be expected to […]

Slow mobile speeds on the cards for South Africans as ICASA takes back spectrum

In a move that is bound to have profound effects on South African mobile broadband users, the country’s Council of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA the equivalent of POTRAZ) has announced that they will be taking back the temporary radio frequency they had given to mobile operators at the end of November […]

Zimbabwean government says it’s suspending its chaotic COVID-19 allowance facility after a good harvest

In April of last year, when COVID-19 hit the country and tough lockdowns were introduced, Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube announced that the government had a budgeted $600 million dollars that were meant for the vulnerable members of society as well as small informal business owners who had been exposed by the lockdown. There was a […]

Zimbabwe versus South African WhatsApp data bundles

WhatsApp data bundles are a practice I don’t agree with, however, no matter what I think they are a part of our lives. One thing I have noticed though is that whenever I am in a group with ordinary non-tech Zimbabweans in South Africa, the South African based people there seem to always whine about […]

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe calls for early redemption of debentures

A few days ago Econet Wireless Zimbabwe (Econet) issued a notice to its debenture holders offering to redeem debentures it issued on 17 January 2017 early. This means instead of waiting for them to mature about three years from now, the holders of the debentures can have them redeemed now. The debentures have a market […]

Internet usage keeps breaking records according to POTRAZ’s Q1 2021 report

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has released the sector performance statement for Q1 2021. Now, this isn’t the full report, but more a highlight of what will come from the more granular document that will be released soon. Here are the numbers from Q1 2021 Mobile internet and data subscriptions As […]

Video: What is the best mobile wifi bundle?

Ever wondered what the best mobile wifi bundle is? In this video we take a look at NetOne, TelOne, Telecel, Econet and Zol to find out which one is the best overal over 5 categories.

These are Network coverage, speed, device support, bundle selection and the all important price.

Econet, NetOne & Telecel combined revenue up by 37.5% in Q4 2020

Operating costs inclusive of foreign exchange losses are still a massive problem for the MNOs

15 base stations to be constructed in rural areas – POTRAZ

fingers crossed these base stations are operational in the not too distant future.

Econet data has been performing almost as poorly as NetOne

NetOne hasn’t been alone when it comes to poor data services as Econet subscribers have also complained about internet connectivity dropping.

Econet holds the key to Zim getting a Telegram bundle

Econet’s combo bundle structure might be the key to Zimbabwe getting a Telegram or even a Signal bundle as WhatsApp’s Privacy policy furore roars on.

Subscribers may be up but NetOne is taking a beating in mobile data & voice traffic

Despite showing the most growth in active subscribers in Q3 2020, NetOne is losing ground to its competitors when it comes to mobile data and voice traffic market share in the period under review.

NetOne adds over 100k new subcribers while Econet lost about the same number in Q3 2020

NetOne added over 100k subscriber in Q3 2020 while Econet lost about the same number according to POTRAZ’s sector performance report.

MNO revenue shot up by 194.7% in Q3 2020

According to the latest POTRAZ figures, Zimbabwe’s Mobile Network Operators (MNO) saw a revenue jump of 194.7% in Q3 2020.

Zim mobile internet and data traffic grew by 43% in Q3 2020

POTRAZ has released a statement detailing the telecoms sectors performance in Q3 2020 and mobile internet and data traffic shot up again.

Why can’t we convert airtime to money in an EcoCash wallet?

Airtime shouldn’t only be for calling and buying bundles. EcoCash and Econet Zimbabwe need to implement airtime conversion here as they did in Lesotho.

Econet lobbying for reduced customs duties on smartphones

Buying a phone or most electrical gadgets in Zimbabwe has been a nightmare for citizens because of duties. The excessive customs duties on these devices have made it a struggle for Zimbos to buy smartphones and Econet recently claimed that there is a 52% smartphone penetration rate in their latest annual results. This they noted […]

Econet posts ZW$1.35 billion loss for last financial year

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe’s financial results for the year ending February 2020 are out. The country’s largest mobile network operator (MNO) ended the 2010s on a financially challenging note. For the first time in the decade, Econet posted a loss of ZW$1 352 966 000. Yes, over a $1 billion in losses – quite the number. […]

Subscribers will no longer need to go to Econet shops to replace SIM cards

Econet recently published its full-year results and in the report was a small detail I and (I believe) many other customers will appreciate greatly. The idea of fewer minutes NOT waiting in an Econet shop sounds like a dream and that’s what the company is promising. In fact, for those looking to replace their SIM […]

Econet reveals they used 3 million litres of fuel during the power crisis of 2019

2019 was a dark year for Zimbabwe and I mean that in the most literal sense. We had a power crises for over half the year and its impact on small and big business alike was pretty brutal. For many small businesses the power crisis of last year resulted in closure and larger businesses had […]

Econet said they weren’t suspending eLearning bundles. Schools are being told the opposite

Earlier this week we noted that there was some confusion surrounding the eLearning bundle. A school authority we spoke to mentioned that an Econet employee who was handling their purchase of the bundles informed them that the eLearning bundle was being suspended. We reached out to Econet PR to understand if this was official and […]

Is Econet discontinuing eLearning bundles on the 1st of September?

We have it on good authority that Econet might stop offering eLearning bundles from the beginning of September. The cheaper bundles were extremely useful to schools who were able to buy cheaper data for students to conduct lessons online during the pandemic. What’s the official position? Well, we reached out to Econet representatives to get […]

Econet employee blocks subscriber’s number after black market deal goes wrong?

We’ve written about the black market for eLearning bundles a couple of times now. In fact, we’ve done so on four different occasions now. Most recently we noted that fraudsters were selling eLearning bundles and then not giving buyers the data. Whilst buying eLearning bundles from this black market has always come with an inherent […]

Econet has released new tariffs for calls, data and SMSs

Following Telecel and NetOne, Econet has released new prices for out of bundle voice, data and SMS. These prices take effect from the fourth of August: Dear Valued Customer Please note our Voice, Data & SMS out of bundle tariffs as per regulatory approval effective 4 August 2020. Voice – ZWL$0.0722 per second Data – […]