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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


Econet holds the key to Zim getting a Telegram bundle

Econet’s combo bundle structure might be the key to Zimbabwe getting a Telegram or even a Signal bundle as WhatsApp’s Privacy policy furore roars on.


NetOne closes shops until further notice

In compliance with the lockdown, NetOne has announced that it will be closing its stores to all walk-in customers until further notice.


Lazarus Muchenje has been officially dismissed as NetOne CEO (Again)

Lazarus Muchenje dismissed as NetOne CEO…


Subscribers may be up but NetOne is taking a beating in mobile data & voice traffic

Despite showing the most growth in active subscribers in Q3 2020, NetOne is losing ground to its competitors when it comes to mobile data and voice traffic market share in the period under review.


NetOne adds over 100k new subcribers while Econet lost about the same number in Q3 2020

NetOne added over 100k subscriber in Q3 2020 while Econet lost about the same number according to POTRAZ’s sector performance report.


MNO revenue shot up by 194.7% in Q3 2020

According to the latest POTRAZ figures, Zimbabwe’s Mobile Network Operators (MNO) saw a revenue jump of 194.7% in Q3 2020.


Zim mobile internet and data traffic grew by 43% in Q3 2020

POTRAZ has released a statement detailing the telecoms sectors performance in Q3 2020 and mobile internet and data traffic shot up again.