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NetOne CEO: Phase 3 Of Infrastructure Project Backed By Chinese Loans Starting This Year

During Lazarus Muchenje’s recent interview with the Herald, the NetOne CEO was asked about how which projects the mobile network operator is working on under the Chinese loan facility. The CEO said the loans are being used for network expansion with the first and second phases already complete and phase three commencing this year: Phase […]

Infrastructure Sharing: What Are The Opportunities And Complexities?

Many-a-time we’ve heard infrastructure sharing being touted as the end to most of our problems as mobile network subscribers. “Cost of data will be reduced”, is one of the most commonly focused on of the benefits. Considering that Econet and NetOne announced such a deal earlier this year, we wanted to look at what we […]

MTN To Use Liquid Telecom’s Network For 4G Roaming

Liquid Telecom South Africa, has secured its first customer MTN, to offer 4G roaming to millions of South Africans. Reshaad Sha, CEO of Liquid Telecom South Africa, gave more insight on how this partnership will work: With MTN as a customer we have an opportunity to utilise our existing spectrum assets, so more people than […]

What Will Work Best For MNOs In 2018, Competition or Collaboration?

“Competition makes us faster; Collaboration makes us better.” Anonymous To compete or to collaborate? To say these are mutually exclusive would be quite inaccurate. However, it’s important to note that most times when we choose one, the other suffers. I chose to look at this dilemma with a special focus on Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) because […]

Infrastructure Sharing: This One Thing Can And Should Be Finalised In 2018

Most of us are a little optimistic about the future of this country of ours. We are hopeful that things will change for the better in the coming year as we get ankle deep into a new president’s administration. We may be optimistic but we still are realists, we know the kind of mess the […]

Hope For Data Prices To Fall In Zimbabwe As IXP Is Launched…

Zimbabwe is reported to be amongst the countries with high Internet connectivity costs in the SADC region, and everywhere else. This has been attributed to a number of factors, both real and perceived. These high costs have been the major bottleneck in the development and uptake of all ICT driven initiatives in the country, most […]

We should be able to use OneFusion on an Econet line

We can all agree that OneFusion is the best data deal on the market in Zimbabwe right now. We also cannot dispute that Econet has the widest network coverage, from 2G to LTE. It is almost September 2017 and I still can’t buy data from one service provider and use it on a different network. […]

POTRAZ finally moves on licensing of ISPs and Mobile Virtual Network Operators in Zimbabwe (MVNOs)

The telecoms regulatory authority in Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has commenced consultations on the licensing of ISPs and Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) in Zimbabwe. The regulator made the announcement this month that they have began accepting submissions from the industry on what should be considered in the creation of this new type of license category. So far, Zimbabwe’s […]

Zimbabwe yet to adopt compulsory infrastructure sharing as model gets pushback from Econet

However, in efforts to maintain a semblance of a fair playing field Econet’s arguments have to be taken seriously. The State isn’t in a position to just force players to share when it doesn’t own the majority of the said infrastructure. Base stations aren’t land.

5 issues that the new POTRAZ boss should tackle to improve telecoms in Zimbabwe

While POTRAZ has its own broad definition of what its role is as a regulator along with a breakdown of the duties and responsibilities of the Director General, we have listed just 5 areas that the new Director General will hopefully address.

Government explains why it pulled plug on ZBC/Kwesé TV deal & English football on ZTV, exposes its hypocrisy

image credit – Manchester United Facebook Page We recently mentioned how a content sharing deal that had been entered into by Zimbabwe’s national broadcaster ZBC and Econet’s Kwesé Free Sports collapsed under unclear circumstances. Under the arrangement, ZBC’s ZTV was able to flight content from the 2016 Olympics as well as one live English Premier League […]

Audio: Supa Mandiwanzira on why Econet should share EcoCash agents

Below is the audio of Zimbabwe ICT minister Supa Mandiwanzira responding to statements made by EcoCash Head, Natalie Jabangwe-Morris, who had said that the Econet group needs first to recoup its investment in its EcoCash distribution network, before allowing other players to share its infrastructure.   Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: […]

Econet owes it to government to share EcoCash agent network, says Supa Mandiwanzira (full speech)

Below is the full response by Zimbabwe ICT minister Supa Mandiwanzira to statements made by EcoCash Head, Natalie Jabangwe-Morris, who had said that the Econet group needs first to recoup its investment in its EcoCash distribution network, before allowing other players to share its infrastructure. The reason why EcoCash is the biggest is because of Econet […]

Zim government claims Econet succeeded because of protection from MTN competition

Speaking at the Mobile Money and Digital Payments Conference in Harare today ICT minister, Supa Mandiwanzira, said that Econet is wrong to assume their first mover position in investing in mobile money infrastructure means they can close out other players from sharing that infrastructure. Mandiwanzira was responding to statements made earlier in the day by EcoCash Head, Natalie Jabangwe. […]

EcoCash Head, Jabangwe, says company not about to share mobile money infrastructure

Speaking at the Mobile Money and Digital Payments conference today, EcoCash Head, Natalie Jabangwe-Morris, alluded to the fact that the company is not yet ready to share its mobile money distribution infrastructure.

New Zimbabwean operator Viva Mobile gets green light to launch, confirms carrier relationship with Africom

Viva Mobile, a Zimbabwean telecoms service that has been planning to launch as the country’s first Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) has finally been given the go ahead by the industry regulator to start operating and will be going live in August this year.

TelOne leads Zimbabwe’s infrastructure sharing, creates division to manage Africom, NetOne, ZETDC infrastructure

Local fixed telecoms operator, TelOne, will play a central role in Zimbabwe’s plans for telecoms infrastructure sharing by housing the division that will manage the infrastructure for four state-owned companies – Africom, NetOne, TelOne, and ZETDC.

Exclusive: Techzim Interviews TelOne Chairman, Charles Shamu. TelOne plans, LTE, Infrastructure sharing

Recently we had the opportunity to interview the TelOne chairman, Charles Shamu. We spoke about TelOne’s ADSL business, the fibre, it’s subscribers, the issue of infrastructure sharing and TelOne’s plans to enter the mobile data market this year. Below is the interview: Soul Kabweza: We notice the emphasis now on Fibre at the expense of […]

TelOne seeks relevance in mobile, eyes converged services launch in 2017

However, TelOne won’t be eyeing the same market as NetOne. According to Mutasa, as a unified service provider, their concern will be to offer mobile services to TelOne fixed services subscribers. This means the option for an LTE mobile service that is tied to an existing TelOne account that a subscriber can access when they are mobile.

Government involvement, challenges in business, products & services – 2015 in review

We have just shut the door on 2015, a year that was characterised by its fair share of highs and lows in the technology space. In this podcast, we discuss some of the highlights from the year, including issues like the government’s increased role in ICT, the challenges faced  by businesses last year and how […]

Here’s Zimbabwe’s 2015 draft National ICT Policy

We managed to get a copy of the draft policy at the recent Cyber Indaba. The document touches on most aspects that the government has been passionate about when it comes to ICT and how it has the mandate to facilitate the right environment for ICT to flourish as a pillar for national development.

Liquid group CEO, Rudnick, speaks on Infrastructure Sharing

“We have seen in a small number of countries that there is an effort to force compulsory sharing of infrastructures. . . one can only wonder why that kind of policy is being implemented.”

Regional telecoms body, SATA, holds backhaul & submarine infrastructure event in Harare

TelOne, MD, Chipo Mtasa This week, SATA, the Southern Africa body that coordinates the development of ICT networks and services in the region, hosted an event in Harare to discuss the implementation of the region’s backhaul & submarine optical fibre cables. The stuff that TelOne, Powertel do Liquid Telecom do. The event was sponsored by TelOne and was officially opened by […]

The government needs Econet to play ball, here’s why

The government needs Econet to join in sharing infrastrucure to prevent itself from becoming the very same monopoly that Econet/ Liquid is.

Liquid’s expensive bandwidth, rogue economics in Zim telecoms & Infrastructure Sharing: Podcast

In this podcast, we discuss the comments shared by the Minister of ICT in a recent interview on ZiFM Stereo that touched on Infrastructure sharing.

I fear infrastructure sharing …

Here’s an opinion on why the Infrastructure Sharing arrangement that is being rolled out for Zimbabwean Telecoms should be feared, or at the very least, accepted with caution.

ICT Minister asks Econet to help NetOne, TelOne, gain market share through infrastructure sharing

So the Supa Mandiwanzira radio interview by ZiFM Stereo’s powerful interviewer Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa made clear some of the perspectives of government in pushing for operators in Zimbabwe to share infrastructure. It helps you understand better the government’s (or at least the minister’s) thinking on the matter. I recommend that you take some time to listen to it. A number of times […]

Viva Mobile set on being Zimbabwe’s 1st Mobile Virtual Network Operator

A Zimbabwean entrepreneur, Dzidzai Chidumba, has his eyes set on launching his own MVNO. Called Viva Mobile with a 2016 (hopeful) launch date, Chidumba says Viva Mobile is meant to disrupt the existing telecoms market by delivering better products and services. We caught up with him and asked some questions related to Viva Mobile.

And now, prepaid water? Council needs to avoid these 3 ZESA mistakes

With the coming in of prepaid water, Councils should avoid the same mistakes that ZESA made with the prepaid electricity meters and coordinate on infrastructure rollout to reduce costs.

Bitcoin for Zimbabwe, Digital parking, infrastructure sharing & Google – Podcast

This is the latest episode of the podcast which explored topics like the Bitcoin remittance service Bitmari, The Google Logo, digital parking in Harare and telecoms Infrastructure.