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Tag: Mobile Operators


Zambia is set to license fourth mobile operator, should Zimbabwe follow suit?

Zambia has had three mobile operators and like Econet in Zimbabwe, MTN has been the dominant mobile operator in the country albeit not at Econet’s scale. The two countries have similar population sizes with 2016 estimates placing Zambia at about 15.5m and Zimbabwe at 14.5m. There are many other similarities in the demographics of the […]


Startups: Understand the language mobile operators speak (infographic)

We found this here quite interesting, especially since the government in Zimbabwe has called for applications to an ICT Innovation Drive fund. It’s a great infographic to help startups speak the language that mobile operators use and therefore what they care about. You can only partner mobile operators if you understand them and they understand you. Working directly […]


POTRAZ moves to limit price wars & “attack type” advertising in new promo guidelines

POTRAZ, Zimbabwe’s telecoms regulator, has released a new set of guidelines for promotions by mobile network operators and internet providers in Zimbabwe. The new guidelines are apparently meant to limit the damaging effects of price wars. POTRAZ has also set some guidelines on advertising to prevent mobile operators and internet providers from attacking each other […]


Voice calls decline fast as people resort to WhatsApp calls in Zimbabwe (Telecoms Report)

The number of voice call minutes made in Zimbabwe has continuing to tumble as more and more people resort to WhatsApp for their voice calls. A report by Zimbabwe’s telecoms regulatory body, POTRAZ, that Techzim has received shows that there was an 8.6% drop in calls made by people using their regular mobile numbers. The report […]


Cellulant wants *365# to be how all you pay all the bills in your life

Every time I go to the ban, I’m always surprised to see a long queue of people paying for their DStv subscriptions. They come into the bank, walk to the slips counter, figure out which one is for DStv payments, walk over to the queue and reserve their spot, go to an available counter, fill in their […]


Net neutrality & mobile network operators: Are they startup kingmakers?

Last year, when I wrote that we should all be worried about the path we’re going down when mobile operators start to have influence what internet subscribers can have access and no one has a problem with it. I wrote this because I was (and still am) worried that mobile operators, by making WhatsApp, Facebook and Opera individually […]


Here’s why POTRAZ is appealing to Government for new licensing in telecoms

Sharing infrastructure in the telecommunications industry is a very complicated matter. The Reason boils down mostly to: I invested so much in expanding my infrastructure so that I compete effectively with you. It is economic madness to force me to share my infrastructure. An clear opportunity agreed amoung most operators and even the regulator recently however is that infrastructure […]


Of singing beans, SPAM and bills

Beans don’t yet sing or pay bills (sorry Jack and the Beanstalk fans). This is just an advocacy article, hoping to stop SMS and email messages that are unnecessary. Why is this an issue? Read on… At half one in the morning, you have just come from watching Spain crash out of the World Cup. […]


Telecel Zimbabwe loses 111,000 subscribers in first quarter of 2014

First quarter financials released by Vimpelcom, Telecel Zimbabwe’s ultimate parent company, show that Telecel Zimbabwe lost about 111,000 mobile subscribers in the first quarter of 2014. In the last quarter of 2013, Telecel Zimbabwe reported a subscriber base of 2.57 million. This number, the results show, has gone down to 2.459 million. It’s not clear what has caused the […]


Zimbabwe mobile operators directed to disconnect unregistered SIMs

There’s apparently “an upsurge in the number of offensive and abusive calls and text messages generated from unregistered sim cards” in Zimbabwe, a POTRAZ statement said today citing the reason it was issuing a directive to all mobile operators to disconnect unregistered subscribers with immediate effect. It came a bit as a surprise as all along we thought the issue of unregistered sim cards had been sorted.


The future of Ecocash and e-money in Zimbabwe

Sometime in the midst of September 1958 the Bank of America began its Visa card program by mailing 60,000 unsolicited credit cards over all the country. This resulted in the first most successful implementation of a public general credit card and to this day Visa has the largest market share in the credit card industry


Mobile Money: Zim banks moan about unfair competition from mobile operators

A report today by financial news and analysis service FinX says the Bankers Association of Zimbabwe have proposed that mobile money services be included in new banking reforms for the country. This, the bankers say, would create a level playing field in an sector facing significant disruption from mobile phone operators.


More problems for regular SMS: biNu credits now available locally

SMS as we know it today, or rather as mobile network operators abuse it today, needs to go away. It’s so damn expensive. US 9 cents just to send 140 characters is undoubtedly the most costly means to communicate electronically today. And thankfully it is going away.


Kenya to Switch Off Counterfeit Phones

Kenyan mobile operators will start switching off “fake” cell phones from their networks in accordance with a government directive. They are scheduled to begin the exercise at midnight, 30 September. The switch-off process will involve blocking a handset that bears a fake International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number from accessing a mobile operator’s network. The […]


Zimbabwe’s June ‘12 mobile & fixed subscriber stats. 90% tele-density

Zimbabwe’s telecommunications regulator, POTRAZ, has released the June 2012 (2nd quarter) mobile phone and fixed line subscribers statistics. The stats, which were published in the state owned daily, The Herald, today, show that Zimbabwe’s tele-density increased from 81.5% in the year’s first quarter to 89.9% in the second quarter. This is a significant jump and […]


Lendme.co.zw will lend you mobile airtime, at no extra charge

Zimbabwe has over the years become a predominantly cash society while mobile communication continues to grow and be pivotal to most consumers in the informal sector. We recognise the inherent burdens airtime pre-payment inflicts on consumers.


WhatsApp says they are no threat to mobile operators

The co-founder of US-based messaging startup WhatsApp, Brian Acton, has denied popular notion that their startup is a threat to mobile operators’ revenues. In an interview with Reuters a few days ago, Acton said that instead, they were helping operators move their customers to data packages which would prove more profitable in the long run; “It’s all about the data”.


Why mobile operators should consider startup funding in Africa

Paul Graham, Founder of the Y Combinator incubation hub once spoke of the ingredients required to create Silicon Valley. He summed it up as a combination of:

Rich people (angel or VC investors) + Nerds (talent)


Africa’s Telecoms Titans: Vodacom Group

Africa’s Telecoms Titans is a series by Techzim profiling the top 20 leading mobile operators on the continent. Each segment focuses on a specific mobile operator with insights into services provided including marketing and technical competencies.


Africa’s Telecoms Titans: Airtel Africa

Africa’s Telecoms Titans is a series by Techzim profiling the top 20 leading mobile operators on the continent. Each segment focuses on a specific mobile operator with insights into services provided including marketing and technical competencies.


Africa’s Telecoms Titans: MTN Group

Africa’s Telecoms Titans is a series by Techzim profiling the top 20 leading mobile operators on the continent. Each segment focuses on a specific mobile operator with insights into services provided including marketing and technical competencies.