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POTRAZ calls for input from stakeholders & public on traffic monitoring regulations

POTRAZ has called for input from stakeholders and the public on the Telecommunications Traffic Monitoring and Revenue Assurance Regulations

Applications now open for POTRAZ #HackingForSDGs Post COVID19 & Beyond Hackathon

POTRAZ is looking for individuals and collectives who are passionate about ICTs and want solve problems that the country is likely to face post COVID-19.

Econet posts ZW$1.35 billion loss for last financial year

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe’s financial results for the year ending February 2020 are out. The country’s largest mobile network operator (MNO) ended the 2010s on a financially challenging note. For the first time in the decade, Econet posted a loss of ZW$1 352 966 000. Yes, over a $1 billion in losses – quite the number. […]

NetOne kicked out of Borrowdale office after failing to pay rentals

On the 24th of October NetOne was kicked out of their Borrowdale office due to rent arrears of nearly  ZW$800 000. The telco was served with a notice of attachment as well which saw the seizure of all removable property from the offices. NetOne reportedly owes Mutual Finance $684 281 rising to ZW$775 182 because […]

POTRAZ Chairman speaks on the role of tech in Zimbabwe after COVID-19

Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe Director General Gift Machengete recently made a speech on the role of tech in Zim post-COVID-19. The speech made at ITU Digital World 2020 held virtually yesterday outlines what Dr Machengete believes will happen in a number of industries like trade, education and governance. You can read the […]

POTRAZ draft Domain Name System (DNS) framework

Earlier on we went over what a Domain Name System (DNS) is. That article laid out the basic structure of what DNS and now we will look at POTRAZ’s draft DNS framework. POTRAZ issued a consultation paper in 2019 on a DNS Framework for Zimbabwe. This led to POTRAZ releasing a draft framework after the […]

What is a Domain Name System (DNS)?

At the end of August the Post and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ), presented a draft Domain Name System (DNS) framework. This framework was a culmination of consultations the Regulatory body had with the public back in 2019. Before we get into what the document says let’s break down the core elements of what […]

EcoCash still under regulatory scrutiny according to POTRAZ boss

Yesterday we were greeted with the news that the ZWL$5000 EcoCash limit was being relaxed. Mobile money subscribers can now spend ZWL$35 000 a week which if they so choose, they can transact in a single day. There is however a caveat, transactions up to the weekly limit will be in batches of ZWL$5000. News […]

[Download] POTRAZ DNS policy framework draft

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) back in 2019 issued a consultation paper on the DNS (Domain Name System) Framework for Zimbabwe. The regulatory body has now issued a statement announcing a draft framework document that is now open for public comments: PUBLIC NOTICEThe Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) […]

POTRAZ increases voice & data tariffs, they say operators costs increased by 219%

POTRAZ recently published a regulatory circular on tariff adjustments for mobile network operators (MNOs). In the circular, they explain that the pricing of tariffs would be increasing to better reflect the increase that telecoms company have incurred for most of the year. POTRAZ says the pricing model for bundles, voice and SMS that was being […]

GlueVP launch event reveals more about the homegrown video conferencing software

Yesterday we reported on GlueVP, a platform developed by Zimbabwean Richard Chinomona. Glue VP is a homegrown video conferencing software alternative to the established brands like ZOOM. There was a launch event for the platform today that revealed more about what GlueVP has to offer and why it was chosen by the Zimbabwean government as […]

Mobile tariffs going up, operators now charge based on interbank rate. Telecel first

The telecoms regulator, The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has approved telecom operators to base their pricing on the interbank rate. This is to fulfill the recently published statute from government which says: “Any person who provides goods or services in Zimbabweshall display, quote or offer the price for such goods or […]

BAZ & POTRAZ merger delayed because ICT & Information Ministries are at odds

The merger of the Postal and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) and the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) is being delayed by Government indecisiveness. In the 2020 mid-term budget review, under the section reporting on “Progress on State Enterprises and Parastatals Reforms”, the merger between BAZ & POTRAZ is addressed albeit briefly; The merger […]

Telecoms regulation and licencing, what’s what?

There is a period when a new technology becomes known of, or is available. This period, for a lack of better term, is referred to as the “wild west”. This is when everything is expanding rapidly, first to those who can afford it or the government and then lastly and slowly to the public. In […]

Telecel Loses Nearly 100k Subscribers – Is There Light At The End Of The Tunnel?

For almost half a decade, the Telecoms Sector Report by POTRAZ has reflected poorly on Telecel’s performance. The report for the first quarter of 2020 is out and you guessed it, again it reflects poorly on Telecel. The 3rd largest mobile network provider (aka the smallest) is in trouble on many fronts but this won’t […]

ICT Ministry Says Giving Additional Free Spectrum Has Improved Internet Access During Pandemic – Truth Or Propaganda?

At the beginning of May, POTRAZ with the permission of the Ministry of ICT announced that they would be freeing up additional spectrum to internet service providers and mobile network providers. The Ministry recently released a press release detailing some of the good things that have come from that move and there are some interesting […]

4 Years On, What Has Become Of POTRAZ & ICT Ministry’s Community Information Centres?

[Image Source: Ministry of ICT] Back in 2016, POTRAZ started commissioning Community Information Centres (CICs). When POTRAZ & the ICT Ministry started out, 210 CICs were meant to be commissioned and these information centres were meant to serve the underserved and unserved rural communities. How would they do this? By building out centres where “people […]

POTRAZ To HouseNational Cyber Security Centre If Cyber Security And Data Protection Bill Is Passed Into Law

The draft of the Cybersecurity bill was finally gazetted – it’s one step closer to coming into law or (if parliamentarians aren’t happy with it) being rejected. One of the more topical issues outlined in the bill is the fact that POTRAZ will become the “National Cyber Security Centre” if the bill is effected into […]

ZOLs Staffers Ask Subscribers To Share IDs Via WhatsApp – A Ticking Time Bomb

Zimbos are a pretty relaxed bunch when it comes to guarding our privacy on the internet. I got a gentle and unwelcome reminder of that a few hours ago. What happened? A ZOL staffer or someone with access to an official ZOL support line initiated a call to one of my colleagues. On the call, […]

POTRAZ Gives Mobile Operators Additional Spectrum For The Rest Of 2020: Internet Use Has Ballooned

The Director-General of POTRAZ has announced that mobile network operators will be allowed to access additional 3G and 4G frequencies at no cost. Radio spectrum is a finite resource which is used for various radio-communication services which include cellular telephone operations and broadcast television stations. During the Covid-19, Potraz will be assigning additional 3G (Third […]

Econet Increases Price Of Popular Bundle By 225%

The popularity of Private WiFi bundles was on the rise considering that affordable data is almost unheard of in Zim. Econet recently sent an SMS to subscribers informing them that the data and SMS bundles would be getting reviewed on the 5th of May. Dear Customer. Please note bundle prices for Data and SMS will […]

Zim Telecoms Regulator Dismisses 5G-Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories

The Director-General of POTRAZ Dr Gift Machengete has become one of the many voices urging consumers to dismiss claims that 5G is the reason behind Coronavirus spread. Machengete’s message dismisses 5G as a conspiracy theory and warns Zimbabweans planning on vandalizing network infrastructure that they will be jailed for a minimum of ten years. The […]

Telecel Lost 15% Of Subscribers In 4th Quarter Of 2019

Telecel’s struggles are well documented at this point. Zimbabwe’s smallest mobile network by subscriber count has been feeling the effects of an economy that is slowing down quicker than its competitors. Couple this with the fact that the leadership (or lack thereof) has been questionable – with a focus on power struggles and not on […]

POTRAZ Shares Telecoms Sector Highlights From 2019 Annual Report

POTRAZ sent out highlights from their annual telecoms sector report for 2019. The telecoms regulator did things differently releasing these highlights in a press release before the reports themselves are available. We were informed that the full reports will be available later this week. Disclaimer aside here are some of the trends highlighted by POTRAZ […]

NetOne Announces New Tariffs Being Effected Tomorrow

NetOne has joined Econet and become the second mobile network operator to announce their new tariffs for voice, data and SMS. The voice tariffs being effected tomorrow will be cheaper than Econet -which is now priced at $1.50/minute. SMS & USSD For SMSs – local texts are similarly priced at $0.38 but international texts are […]

POTRAZ Increases Thresholds For Data, Voice & SMS Tariffs

The tariffs you pay for calling, texting and accessing the internet are going up again. POTRAZ has approved a “57% upward review of tariffs” using the Telecommunications Pricing Index. Before taxes consumers will now pay the following: On-net calls per-minute will rise from $0.75 to $1.17 SMSs will rise from $0.19 to $0.30 mobile data […]

Telecoms Regulator Argues New Data Tariffs Are Still Low

The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee touched on the issue of expensive data recently, arguing that the rising cost of data is going to affect school pupils as schools cannot afford to pay for internet access despite efforts to incorporate ICT into their curriculum. The argument presented by MP Carlton Hwende was rebuffed by POTRAZ Director-General Dr […]

Econet To Review Data & SMS Bundles On The 11th of March

Econet subscribers have started receiving messages alerting them to yet another impending price hike. The price hike will be put into effect tomorrow and follows the most recent hike which was put into effect a month ago. The message received by users notifying them of the latest increase reads: Dear customer. Please take note, bundle […]

CUT Student’s Win $1 Million At POTRAZ’s Hack 4 Sustainable Smart Cities Hackathon

Students from Chinhoyi University of Technology walked away with $15 000 for themselves and $1M for their university’s innovation hub after winning POTRAZ’s inaugural Hack4SmartSustainableCities. The team consisting of Christopher Chinyamakobvu, Gordon Muneka, and Elvin Kakomo developed an emergency response application that allows users to call for medical services after a car crash. The application […]

Econet Says We Got Approval To Increase Price Of Bundles

Recent media reports have been suggesting that though Econet raised bundle pricing, POTRAZ did not give their approval as the regulator of the telecoms industry. Whilst the Director-General of POTRAZ warned Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) of penalties associated with increasing tariffs outside of existing thresholds: We have not authorized any tariff increase, If at all […]