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Econet Is Selling Away Liquid Telecom Zimbabwe, Here Is Why

So right now the major news is that Econet (Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Limited) is going to split into two companies: Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Limited) and Cassava Smartech Zimbabwe Limited. Technically speaking though CSZL already exists they are just waiting to gobble up part of Econet. Hidden however among the mumbo jumbo is an interesting fact. […]

Liquid Telecom Partners Kenya’s Serianu To Improve Africa’s Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity issues will remain a menace in the coming days as organizations across the globe try to improve safe practices in a bid to eliminate or reduce chances of falling victims of computer attacks. In line with attempts to mitigate cybersecurity concerns, Internet access provider, Liquid Telecom has furthered its geographical presence through a strategic […]

Africom Hit Hard By Cash Crisis, Sinks Even Lower

I know, it is easy to forget that Africom is still active in the Internet Access Provider race. It is easy to forget because the company has been struggling and losing ground to competitors. The latest POTRAZ quarterly report shed light on the extent of the struggles the company is facing. From Q1 to Q2 […]

Behind the Scenes: ZOL used a live cheetah in a Ferrari for the #FibroniksFast advert

It’s a real cheetah in a real Ferrari! ZOL Behind the Scenes FibroniksFast from Liquid Telecom Group on Vimeo. Yes, that ZOL cheetah in the Ferrari is not stock photography. A behind the scenes video posted by Liquid Telecom online shows how a live Cheetah was used by ZOL in the advert for the #FibroniksFast […]

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 […]

The Econet Beyond The Phone Expo in pictures

Other than the release of its Half Year Financial Results, the highlight of the week for Econet Wireless has been the Beyond The Phone Expo being held at the HICC in Harare. Econet decided to pull out all of the stops showcasing the various products and services it has been working on the extend its reach […]

Econet, Liquid Telecom pull out of Infrastructure Sharing debate

Econet and Liquid Telecom have pulled out of the POTRAZ led Infrastructure Sharing debate which is set to be concluded shortly.

Victoria Falls residents receive Fibre to the Home courtesy of Liquid

ZOL Fibroniks is now looking beyond Harare. According to a press release from the Liquid Telecom website, (Liquid is the fibre infrastructure concern that owns the Internet Service Provider ZOL Zimbabwe), work has already started to introduce a Fibre to the Home service in the resort town of Victoria Falls. Liquid Telecom has already laid fibre rings […]

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 […]

After almost a year of trials, Econet to now launch offloading Wi-Fi Zones

Remember the Econet Wi-Fi pilot we reported on several months ago? Sources at the company tell us the product is ready for launch now and that it will be officially unveiled this week. The name of the product is called Econet Zone (image above) and, as we reported back in may last year, it’s meant to ease congestion on […]

How expensive is it to go online in Zim?: An overview of prices for internet services

2015 started off with mobile subscribers celebrating the good news that as had been promised, the voice tariffs for the country’s mobile network operators had been reduced. Unfortunately we didn’t see a tumble in the cost of mobile data accompanying this change. The same could be said for internet services across the board actually. Despite a tighter economic […]

The $32 million fibre project from Powertel: A sign of better service and tariffs to come?

No, It’s not rebranding again but ZESA Holdings’ IAP Powertel was in the Herald today for “getting a fibre connectivity via Botswana”. Not that this should be taken as anything new really, considering the fibre backbone that runs though Botswana has been around for years and at one point carried most of Zimbabwe’s traffic. Who can forget […]

2014 in review: Highlights in Zimbabwean internet services

  2014 has been a fairly exciting year in the ISP arena, with some interesting developments from the different providers. We decided to look at some of the highlights in Zimbabwean internet services over the past 12 months. Mobile Broadband The year will probably be remembered for the introduction of OTT services. These were specifically the […]

African pay TV & fibre operator, Wananchi, raises $130m for regional expansion

Today, a group that seems to be Sub-saharan Africa’s largest triple play (internet, TV, and voice) service provider, Wananchi, announced that it has raised $130 million to expand its operations in countries in the region that include Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and its home, Kenya. This probably means that in countries like Zambia where Wananchi’s brands had limited market visibility, we will […]

e-Tech Africa Expo in pictures (Day 1)

Yesterday we spent the afternoon at the ongoing e-Tech Africa Expo 2012. It was a bit quiet in terms of traffic so we decided to not go today but we’ll be there tomorrow as we hear there’ll be some panel discussions for the better part of the day. It’s a week-long expo by the way […]

ZOL slashes Wi-Fi hotspot prices. Discontinues free minutes

Zimbabwe Online (ZOL), the ISP that has the largest number of Wi-Fi hotspots in Zimbabwe, has slashed the prices of its Wi-Fi internet service. The service has effectively become one of the lowest priced internet packages in the country. But the slash is coming with some not so good news; ZOL is killing the 15 minutes free trial it offered customers on its ZOLspots (ZOL hotspots).

Techzim Interviews: ZOL CEO David Behr on acquisition by Liquid

We had the opportunity to speak to ZOL CEO, David Behr on his company’s recent acquisition by the Liquid Telecommunications Group. In the interview he talks about why they sold to Liquid, what this means for ZOL going forward in terms of independence of the ISP and service delivery to customers. Below is a transcript of the interview.