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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 – […]


Mobile tariffs going up, operators now charge based on interbank rate. Telecel first

The telecoms regulator, The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has approved telecom operators to base their pricing on the interbank rate. This is to fulfill the recently published statute from government which says: “Any person who provides goods or services in Zimbabweshall display, quote or offer the price for such goods or […]


Econet church bundles now available via USSD

Econet has made it simpler for people looking to buy data to attend live streams of their church services – by adding the bundles to their USSD menu. What’s new? When the bundles were introduced a few months ago the only way to buy them was pretty cumbersome. A religious institution had to call/email an […]


ZimRights & MISA file urgent chamber application to stop search of Econet premises

Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zimbabwe together with Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) filed an urgent application with the High Court forbidding the ZRP and CID from searching Econet’s premises and obtaining a database containing all subscriber details. MISA & ZimRights argue that the warrant of search and seizure threatens citizens’ various fundamental rights, […]


Econet CEO- Mutsvangwa’s failure to get telecoms licence 2 decades ago reason for Econet’s targeting

Yesterday we broke down some of the information that Econet presented before the High Court as part of its urgent chamber application to temporarily suspend the Magistrate’s decision to grant a Search and Seizure Warrant to ZRP. Douglas Mboweni’s statement in that application was a scathing criticism of CIDs Head of Asset Forfeiture Unit Mkhululi […]


Warrant permitting ZRP to raid Econet unconstitutional – Fadzayi Mahere

On Friday, the Magistrate’s court issued a search and seizure warrant giving the ZRP permission to raid Econet Wireless offices. The Criminal Investigation Department sought the warrant on the basis that they suspect Econet Wireless to be “involved in money laundering”. In fact, the allegations are that Econet Wireless and subsidiaries created and issued “non-attributable […]


Econet and Cassava offices searched by police to ‘retrieve evidence of money laundering’

Former Higher Education (before that Information Minister), Jonathan Moyo has just posted a copy of a search and seizure warrant purportedly issued by a Magistrate’s Court to the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) against Econet Wireless. The former minster said the police are the Econet and Cassava offices right now (around 9PM on Friday 17 July […]


Why are telecoms companies hated so much?

I wasn’t planning on writing this but two things changed my mind. First, as I was working on another article, I came across this quote; Unfortunately, telecoms brands continue to struggle to earn the respect of consumers, with average reputation scores for providers brands right at the bottom of our sector league table. Consumers love […]


The 6GB mobile data advertised as part of Econet’s new phone is not guaranteed

6 days ago, we bought the new Smart Kambudzi phone from an Econet store in Avondale. At the time the phone was ZW$3000, and in addition to getting the phone (duh) Econet were also promising that each buyer would get 6 Gb free data. Well, 6 days later and multiple back and forths with Econet […]