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The company POTRAZ got for call monitoring; here are similar deals it made in the past

Earlier this year the government ordered the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (POTRAZ) to install a call monitoring system or Telecommunications Traffic Monitoring System (TTMS). The pretext or reason for this move was revenue assurance to keep mobile network operators (MNOs) honest. Now, as far as we know there is no reason for this because […]


POTRAZ to give malaichas/runners courier licences

The hustle will become mainstream


ZISPA powerless to stop spammers using .co.zw domains

Deliver us from the spammers.


Runner/Malaicha arrested for operating without a licence

Police closing in on runners?


15 base stations to be constructed in rural areas – POTRAZ

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


Only 2864 schools of the nearly 9K in Zim have internet access

Progress is moving at a glacial pace.


POTRAZ measures to facilitate e-learning for rural & underserved communities

The Postal and Telecommunications Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has given a progress report on old e-learning initiatives as well as new ones set for this year


POTRAZ: SMS and e-mail phishing scams on the rise

SMS and e-mail phishing attacks on the rise.


POTRAZ sets the record straight about data prices in Zim

POTRAZ hits back at data gathered by international studies and publications on data prices in Zim.


POTRAZ wants more competition in mobile data, but is it possible?

POTRAZ Director-General said the authority wants to increase competition in the data service market but is this possible with current providers struggling?


Video: How Zimbabwe’s ICT space compares to Uganda

In this video we take a look at how Zimbabwe’s telecommunications space compares to Uganda. We look at Mobile operator reventues, subscribers, average revenue per user, mobile money stats and more! Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash number: Buy Please dial our USSD code *405# on your […]


Econet bemoans foreign obligations in latest trading update

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has bemoaned foreign obligations in its trading update for the period ending 30 November 2020.


Video: ICT space in Zimbabwe vs Zambia

In this comparison we take a look at how the ICT side of Zimbabwe compares to that of Zambia. Zimbabwe has the smallest of leads on the telecommunications side however Zambia had a HUGE lead in mobile money. You can get the details in the video Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to […]


COVID-19’s influence on mobile internet and data usage in 2020

A look at the effect COVID-19 had on mobile internet and data usage in Zimbabwe


Mobile Money in 2020: EcoCash vs RBZ, OneMoney on the rise? & Telecash

Mobile money in 2020 EcoCash’s never-ending battle with the RBZ, OneMoney nearing the million mark and the continuing decline of Telecash.


Full Text: POTRAZ Dir. General’s speech at the launch of Child Online Safety Guidelines

POTRAZ Director General’s Speech at the launch of the Child Online Safety Guidelines which were developed by Childline in partnership with POTRAZ.


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 […]