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ZOL pokes fun at TelOne over best provider poll on Twitter

ZOL’s Twitter Admin woke up and chose violence because the local internet service provider (ISP) had this to say to the final results of Cerevita Guy’s (@cypd_) best mobile ISP poll. Pisa 🔥zvema sure ne ZOL simcard. TEL^ONE of your many friends kuti we can now bring them together online zvemasure in more than 60 […]


Get 5GB for only ZWL$500 from NetOne

Netone is celebrating its 25th anniversary and is offering this generous bundle to all its customers – 5GB for ZWL$500. Celebrate NetOne’s 25th Anniversary with 5GB Anniversary Bundle. Purchase the 5GB data bundle (valid for 25hrs) for $ZWL 500 & earn entry into the weekly draw. Entry into all weekly draws earns entry into the […]


Econet, Telecel & NetOne added 52 new base stations in Q2 2021

Zimbabwe’s mobile network infrastructure saw 52 new base stations according to the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe’s (POTRAZ) Q2 2021 sector performance report. All of the players (NetOne, Econet and Telecel) all contributed with Econet putting up the most. 2G base stations Q2, 2021 Q1 2021 Q2 2021 Net Addition Market Share Econet […]


NetOne hits 4 mil subs while Telecel is hanging on by a thread – POTRAZ Q2 2021 report

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has released the sector performance report for Q2 2021. One of the major highlights of the report is NetOne’s continued upward trend in terms of subscribers gained. NetOne has over the years slowly closed the chasm of the gap that exists between it and market leader […]


Over 90% of internet usage in Zimbabwe is via mobile data

The Zimstat and POTRAZ 2020 ICT Access by households and individuals report revealed mobile data is the most widely accessible form of connectivity at 95.7% for narrowband with broadband at 93.1%. These figures aren’t too surprising seeing as the other ways to access the internet need considerable capital investment. Getting a fibre or ADSL connection […]


The 30% data, voice & bundle tariff hike had POTRAZ’s blessing

In news that you probably know, because NetOne customers are already feeling the brunt of voice, data, and SMS tariff hikes, the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) granted Zimbabwe’s mobile network operators NetOne, Telecel and Econet the green light for a 30% out of bundle price increase. The domino effect was set […]


ICT Minister’s remarks on NetOne’s 5G mobile broadband plan

Yesterday, state-owned mobile network operator NetOne held an event where the National Mobile BroadBand (NMBB) Phase 3 was launched. This program would see NetOne install over 300 base stations across Zimbabwe including the capacity for 5G. Below is the speech delivered by Minister for ICTs Jenfan Muswere: Your Excellency, as your Ministry, we are fully […]


Are airtime scratch cards being phased out?

There have been several reports over the last few weeks that there is a shortage of airtime scratch cards. This might not be a big deal for some because the “route one” way to buy airtime these days is through mobile banking and USSD. More so with the advent of the pandemic. People are more […]


Govt says NetOne will soon deploy 5G base stations, here’s why I am not excited

Our beloved government has a sort of undeclared tradition: they save their most outrageous bald-faced promises which they have no intention of keeping for Sunday publications. On these days they make grand claims and promise us the world. Most of these promises are simply forgotten by the following week. Usually, these promises are rooted in […]


Econet, Netone ill-prepared for data demand, small towns suffer

They say you never really know a person until you have seen them deal with a slow internet connection. I’ve discovered myself in the past two months or so, turns out I might have anger issues. In my defence, how many times can one interact with the No Internet Connection Dino and be expected to […]


Slow mobile speeds on the cards for South Africans as ICASA takes back spectrum

In a move that is bound to have profound effects on South African mobile broadband users, the country’s Council of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA the equivalent of POTRAZ) has announced that they will be taking back the temporary radio frequency they had given to mobile operators at the end of November […]


Former NetOne boss, Reward Kangai loses $2 million defamation lawsuit

These days things are relatively quiet at NetOne. There was a time when there were so many boardroom squabbles over there that hardly a week would go by without news of the scandal. At the centre of most of these issues and fights was the company’s former CEO Reward Kangai who was eventually let go. […]


ICT Minister says NetOne should clear all outstanding debt in 3 months

Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, Jenfan Muswere said that state-owned Telecommunications company NetOne should take a commercial approach to doing business and clear its debt in 3 months. “Full commercialisation should be implemented, and we need to adopt the ‘no pay, no service’ modus operandi. All the outstanding debt should be cleared in three […]


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 […]


Women only make up 41.3% of mobile phone subscriptions in Zimbabwe?!

Yesterday, the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe released a state of the sector statement. That document was pretty brief and we were waiting for the more detailed report and well… it is finally out. The figures for the performance of the sector are similar to ones we reported yesterday however in the full […]


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 […]


Mozambique’s Vodacom cuts of TMcel in a fight that’s eerily familiar

Starting tomorrow, Thursday 17 June, Mozambicans with TMcel lines will no longer be able to call their counterparts who are on the Vodacom network. This is because Vodacom has decided that it will cut off TMcel over an unpaid debt of about US$9.6 million dollars. That bill represents unpaid interconnection fees that TMcel has not […]


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 HAVE NOT partnered on a promotion, its a scam

They are getting very crafty…


NetOne is going after NashTv with OneTv

Alright alright alright


OneMoney giving away 500MB for a ZWL$1000 deposit

Finally, a reason to deposit cash into OneMoney


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


NetOne responds to Lazarus Muchenje being reinstated as CEO

This one has gone beyond the stipulated 12 rounds…


Lazarus Muchenje back as NetOne CEO (do not adjust your set)

This guy’s respawn rate is ridiculous.


15 base stations to be constructed in rural areas – POTRAZ

fingers crossed these base stations are operational in the not too distant future.


Huawei & NetOne partner on US$400k mobile broadband project

Hopefully this improves NetOne’s mobile data services…


NetOne is facing challenges with data services… again

NetOne has sent out a message to its subscribers that it is facing challenges with it’s data services for the second time in consecutive weeks.


Muchenje vs NetOne: just when we thought we’d heard the last of it

The battle between Lazarus Muchenje and NetOne seems to be over for now as the court has thrown out his case against his former employers