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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 […]

New NetOne data bundle prices – September 2021

The country’s second-largest mobile network operator (MNO) NetOne has today (6 September 2021) increase the prices of data bundles. This shift follows up the data price increase NetOne announced in March this year and comes after Econet and Telecel’s increases a couple of months back. Here are the NetOne data bundle prices as of 6 […]

China Exim Bank Set To Avail A Loan To Netone For Base Stations Upgrade And Expansion

Mobile network operator (MNO), Netone is set to secure a loan worth $71 million from Chinese state financial institution, China Exim Bank,. The loan is meant to upgrade its existing infrastructure, particularly base stations and increase base stations by expanding to areas which have poor connectivity.  Speaking about the loan facility, NetOne chief executive Mr. Lazurus […]

Is data really that much more expensive in Zimbabwe?

We all know as fact that data prices are unjustifiably high in this country. We know this but do we have the numbers to prove it? I had a conversation recently with a friend in South Africa and we started comparing data prices. Turns out that universal truth we all hold on to might not […]

Exclusive – NetOne’s promo reversal only for WhatsApp & Facebook bundles data caps, everything else stays the same – POTRAZ

Following the recent announcement that local mobile network operator NetOne has been forced to reverse all unapproved promotions by POTRAZ, officials from the regulator have pointed out that it’s not all of NetOne’s new promotions that have been stopped. According to POTRAZ, NetOne will only be reversing the adjustments it made on its WhatsApp and […]

NetOne increases data on WhatsApp & Facebook bundles – here’s a comparison with competitors’ offers

NetOne the Zimbabwean mobile network operator has revised its bundled mobile data packages, reintroducing daily bundles and setting data caps on all its social media offerings. The changes didn’t just end there, though. NetOne also marginally increased data limits on its WhatsApp and Facebook bundles, something that could help subscribers stretch the value that they get […]

Looking for the best WhatsApp & Facebook deal? – here’s a comparison of Econet, NetOne & Telecel bundles

The cost of mobile data in Zimbabwe might have been recently reversed after a huge outcry from the public, but that doesn’t change the fact that the cost of staying connected is still prohibitive for a lot of people. Which is why social media bundles are such a hit. These packages provided by all three […]

NetOne quietly introduces data caps on its unlimited WhatsApp and Facebook bundles

NetOne, Zimbabwe’s second largest mobile network operator also made adjustments to its own broadband lineup. It recently placed data caps on its social media bundles. This means that daily, weekly and monthly bundles for Over the Top services like Facebook and WhatsApp now have a data limit on them. Daily bundles have a 20 MB cap, […]

Mobile internet use in Zimbabwe jumps by 23% – must be those WhatsApp and Facebook videos

Mobile internet use in Zimbabwe has jumped by 23% – It must be all those WhatsApp and Facebook videos.

NetOne unveils generous daily and weekly data plans offers 5 GB for $5 with new bundles

For a minimum of 50 cents subscribers can receive 50 MB of data, $1 gets 300 MB daily bundles, or 150 MB weekly with the biggest allocation being 5GB of data for a $5 daily bundle.

NetOne extends broadband services introduces a public WiFi option

Local mobile network operator, NetOne recently launched a comprehensive data, voice and SMS package but it appears that it also wants to reach out to non-subscribers as well. A  public WiFi service is now available from the main NetOne shop at Kopje Plaza in Harare. For $1 users receive a voucher for 100 MB of […]

NetOne boosts internet allowance on OneFusion package, offers 20 times as much data

When NetOne launched its OneFusion package earlier this month it received a lot of feedback, both good and bad. However, the biggest weakness that was identified was the feeble data allocation for each bundle. It turns out NetOne was listening. It has unveiled an updated version of OneFusion which is way more generous in terms of […]

Powertel expands distribution network through tie-up with Zimpost

Powertel, the internet provider and ZESA Holdings subsidiary will now be distributing its products at selected Zimpost outlets throughout the country.

NetOne launches promo offering free data for recharge data card topups

This is a mobile broadband promotion set to run from the 3rd of December until the beginning of March 2016. It is offering free data to NetOne mobile broadband subscribers that top up their data using the physical recharge data cards.

The cost of internet in Zimbabwe – an overview of broadband packages

However, we are still not at a point where data service costs become an afterthought. Local internet prices are still steep, particularly for the majority of Zimbabweans who use mobile devices to go online. The absence of regulatory intervention hasn’t helped either. All the changes we’ve noticed so far are a reuslt of macro-economic forces in a tough economy.

Econet records 7 million subscribers for its Broadband services

However, one other number that stood out for us related to Econet’s broadband services. According to to the analysts’ presentation which accompanied the results, Econet has 7 million broadband subscribers. Econet says this number is an improvement from the 4,7 million broadband subscribers that the operator had in the same period last year.

Just how much did NetOne benefit from Econet’s expensive bundles?

According to statements in the Newsday made by Reward Kangai, the NetOne CEO, the network has experienced a bump in data use, driven by increased traffic from applications like WhatsApp and Facebook.

WTF from NetOne as the operator introduces Twitter bundles

NetOne subscribers can now get daily, weekly or monthly access to Twitter by buying ordinary Twitter bundles or through a Facebook and Twitter bundle combo. This follows similar products such as WhatsApp and Facebook Bundles that NetOne introduced in the first quarter of this year.

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 […]

Powertel’s bundles a bad idea

  I have been a member of the Powertel mobile family since 2010. My three friends and I were fourth year Accounting students at the University of Zimbabwe. Econet had just scrapped their $25/month unlimited package as they moved from what was perhaps a testing phase into the big leagues. As poor college students we […]