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TelOne Announces New Broadband Tariffs Coming Into Effect In November

TelOne –like ZOL– is revising their broadband packages this coming month. It seems all players in the industry from mobile providers to residential and office providers have decided to change their packages in one go. TelOne’s residential packages are now priced as follows: SME broadband packages are nor priced as follows: Finally, public wifi pricing […]

ZOL Tells Fibre Customers To Expect Slower Speed Due To Technical Problem

ZOL customers have been getting a message warning them to expect speeds slower than usual on their ZOL portals: Please be advised that we are currently experiencing degraded speeds on our fiber platform. Our technicians are working towards resolving this issue in the shortest time possible. Any inconveniences caused are sincerely regretted. Thank you for […]

Dark Fibre Laying Down Infrastructure In Town

A few months ago, we mentioned that a new player -Dark Fibre- was entering the Internet Service Access Provider’s space. It seems they aren’t wasting much time as they have already started laying down their fibre optic cable in Harare’s CBD. It will be interesting to see how quickly DFA’s Open Access model is taken […]

[Press Release] Liquid Telecom To Invest US$400m In Egyptian Network Infrastructure & Data Centres

Now that the Cape To Cairo fibre-link has been completed Liquid Telecom is moving on to a newer project; building out data centres and expanding their network infrastructure in Egypt. Liquid also plans to complete a link between Cairo and Senegal and this link will now pass through parts of Western Africa where Liquid Telecom’s […]

TelOne Apologises For Service Disruption

TelOne subscribers in parts of Harare have been experiencing intermittent connection problems and TelOne has come out and acknowledged the issues. They have also promised a fix soon. TelOne apologies for the downtime currently being experience for both voice and internet servicesin Borrowdale, Highlands and parts of Avondale due to a technical glitch. Our Engineers […]

Villagers Dig Up TelOne Fibre Cables Out Of Curiosity

When you hear that cabling has been dug, you usually suspect that there has been a case of theft. For TelOne ,however, some of their fibre optic cables along the Harare-Beitbridge Highway were dug up by villagers. It turns out the cables were not stolen but actually dug up by curious villagers. TelOne’s Head of […]

Experiencing Slow Internet Speeds On ZOL? Here’s Why

If you are a ZOL subscriber and you depend on their fibre services you may be experiencing some challenges with your speeds. We got a tip from a reader informing us of this issue and surely when we checked ZOL’s website and support number this is the message we got: Important Notice: Degraded Speeds Kindly […]

WiBroniks Vs The Competition: Is This Better Than One-Fi And TelOne ADSL?

ZOL recently announced a new wireless service that they have termed WiBroniks. The finer details of the service will be provided by ZOL at a later date but thus far they have provided details such as the data caps for these packages, the speeds and also the cost. From these details, we can begin to […]

First Undersea Fibre Between Africa & South America (SACS) lands in Brazil

The first internet fibre cable connecting Africa and South America, known as SACS (South Atlantic Cable System), has now landed in Brazil. Angola Cables, which owns the undersea cable, announced that the installation of SACS will be made today (Friday, 23 Feb) in the city of Fortaleza, Brazil. Landing and being installed, however, doesn’t mean it goes live […]

Update: TelOne statement on major internet outage in Zimbabwe. Country lost 2 major internet links

As you may know, the internet was mostly down in Zimbabwe today. The main cause as we have established so far is that a Liquid Telecom fibre link supplying most of the country’s internet (directly to Liquid and ZOL customers, but also indirectly through leased capacity to TelOne, Dandemutande and other providers), was down. So […]

ZOL ‘reduces’ fibre prices. Introduces cheaper Night Owl browsing #FibroniksFast

If you have tried to buy ZOL fibre you’ve probably made your market comparisons and found that the $29 for 15GB a month was probably not the best deal on the market. Not the best deal ofcourse assuming there was another provider that had fibre installed on your street. Or maybe even that maybe fibre just wasn’t affordable enough for you yet. […]

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 […]

ZOL upgrades fibre internet caps, $39 for 25GB & $89 for 50GB

In a significant upgrade of their capped fibroniks packages, ZOL has raised the cap on its $39 package from 15GB to 25GB and the $89 package from 30GB to 50GB. The upgrade seems to have gone into effect last night as some customers of the provider “complained” on social media that they were getting more data than […]

Here’s a comparison of Zimbabwean internet packages

With a lot of people seeking a full comparison of what their money can get them we created a page that offers a comparison of Zimbabwean internet services. The options are listed according to the service provider as well as the type of internet (3G, ADSL, Fibre, VSAT, WiMAX).

TelOne to get US $98 Million, for home & backbone fibre by year end

The government is working to ensure that a US $98.6 million loan from the China EximBank meant for the expansion of TelOne’s fibre network is mobilised by the end of 2015. Delivering the 2016 national budget statement yesterday, Minister of Finance, Patrick Chinamasa said that the funds will capacitate TelOne in its “expansion and modernisation drive […]

By the numbers: 6 interesting facts about telecoms & internet in Zimbabwe

1. Zimbabwe’s mobile penetration 87% now. This figure is based on the number of active sim cards in the country.   2. Zimbabwe’s total number of active SIM cards reported, 11.4 million, is actually not the number of people that own mobile phones. Some people have more than one SIM from the same operator (smartphone, internet […]

ZOL connecting 80 new fibre internet customers every week. Total subs 3,500

So a few days ago when we posted the download of the POTRAZ quarterly report on the state of internet services in Zimbabwe, the first comment on the article was: I am tickled by these figures! 285 Active VSAT terminals? really let’s be serious here. 1741 Fibre Links lol. ZOL did a promotion where they ran fibre into […]

Some fascinating facts about internet services stats in Zimbabwe

Yesterday, we posted the the latest Zimbabwe internet subscriptions statistics that POTRAZ, the telecoms regulator in Zimbabwe, released. There are some interesting facts apparent in the subscription trends locally. Here are the ones we picked. Note that these are stats for the quarter ending June 2014. 1.   Dial-up is not dead If you thought dial-up internet was dead, you […]

ZOL introduces $89 fibre package… doubles speeds, but re-introduces capped internet

So, until now ZOL’s entry price for fibre has been $149 which, if you’re like me, is a wait-for-cheaper price. That price has come. This week, ZOL announced via their social media pages that the entry price now is now $89. ZOL being the preachers of uncapped $89 is an unbelievably great deal for uncapped fibre. But it’s not uncapped. This service is capped at […]

Huawei and MTN claim successfully testing fastest & most intelligent fibre

In a press release sent out today by global telecoms giant MTN, them and Huawei claim to have achieved a major milestone in the global telecommunications industry by successfully completing tests of what is “currently the fastest and most intelligent optical network to date in the industry”. Using MTN’s backbone fibre in South Africa, the two companies […]

Another award for Liquid Telecom in recognition of its fibre network

Liquid Telecom, an Econet Wireless Group subsidiary focusing on connectivity services networks particularly in terrestrial fibre but also satellite and data centers, has been conferred another award barely two weeks after similar recognition at the AfricaCom awards. The latest award is from Capacity Magazine annual Global Carriers Awards where it go the “Best African wholesale […]

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 […]

Liquid expands in Rwanda with acquisition of new telecoms assets

A report by Rwandan newspaper today, says Liquid Telecom, has acquired additional telecommunications assets from a former Rwandan mobile & internet operator under liquidation called Rwandatel.

TelOne requires “some money” for fibre stuff

A somewhat confusing report today in the government owned Sunday Mail says TelOne requires a total $76 million for fibre optic roll out. The article breaks down the $76 million into;

Liquid Telecom’s updated terrestrial fibre map [Africa]

Three days ago Liquid Telecom announced the acquisition of telecom assets in Eastern Africa belonging to Altech. According to Liquid, the additional terrestrial infrastructure resulting from the acquisition makes the company the owner of Africa’s largest single fibre network, which is quite significant for the Nic Rudnick led company.

ZOL drops internet bombshell

I remember the early days of email when I had a Yahoo and Hotmail account with a 5MB mailbox which I thought was totally great even though I was constantly deleting emails and when Gmail threw 1GB on the table that was the end of my Yahoo and Hotmail experience. I had the same sensation […]

TelOne Internet slows down after fibre cut in Mozambique

A fibre cable cut in Maputo, Mozambique that occurred on Wednesday 9 May has adversely affected TelOne’s internet services. The problem affected at least all TelOne ADSL users in Zimbabwe whose internet significantly slowed down, with some users not able to access the service at all. According to our sources at Zimbabwe’s sole fixed telecoms operator, after the cut, all its internet traffic got rerouted through existing satellite links, which are much slower than fibre and have limited capacity.

How much the price of internet connectivity can reduce in one year

A year ago, US $50 per month unlimited broadband was only offered by one internet provider, the state owned PowerTel. Many would argue doesn’t really ‘need’ to make money. It wasn’t the best internet in town, largely because of congestion issues, but PowerTel afforded many small businesses and middle income earners an opportunity to have their own internet connection for the first time. The rest of the providers had prices north of $100 for any type broadband, forget unlimited.

The Econet backbone optic fibre map

We saw the map below in Econet’s financial results briefings for 2011 and thought to post it here. It shows the progress of the fibre backbone project that the largest mobile operators is working. As you can see, the section running from Harare through Bulawayo to Beitbridge is now fully operational. It also shows the fibre rings in Harare and Bulawayo have been completed.

Zim’s Internet slows down as PowerTel & Econet fibre cables experience outage

PowerTel and Econet, Zimbabwe’s main suppliers of international internet bandwidth both experienced some downtime on their fibre cables yesterday.