Over two years ago, the government announced that Powertel, ZARNet (Zimbabwe Academic and Research Network) and Africom would be merged. At the time I thought this made sense – I still do actually. All 3 are state-owned Internet Access Providers (IAPs) and Powertel and Africom at the time were deploying similar technologies so it made […]
Yesterday we wrote an article on the decline of fibre subscriptions which was particularly shocking because it was the first time this had happened since POTRAZ started publishing quarterly reports back in 2014. Active Fibre Subscriptions weren’t the only telecoms technologies on the decline as WiMax, CDMA and VSAT subscriptions also declined: POTRAZ Director-General Dr […]
Powertel has released new voice tariffs on the heels of similar moves by telecom operators. Not only did Powertel increase voice tariffs but also mobile data tariffs as well. Check out the new tariffs Notice to our valued customers pic.twitter.com/LQDJZ9b1jF — PowerTel Zimbabwe (@PowerTelZW) November 1, 2019 Also read: Powertel Owes $3 Million In License […]
So naturally we do write a lot of articles about internet connectivity issues here at TechZim. I mean it comes with the territory as in today’s world the internet has become synonymous with technology. Because we are consumers, just like most of our readers, most of our articles tend to be written from their point […]
Update: The article mentioned that the KPIs were set by the President, as they were published in the Zimbabwe Independent, but they KPIs were actually set by a citizen and went viral. The Ministers in the new Cabinet have been given their key performance indicators and the new ICT Minister Kazembe Kazembe’s mandate has some […]
Since as far back as Friday, customers have been having problems buying ZESA (electricity) tokens. Regardless of the platform, it seems buying a token is not possible right now. Internally, a colleague initially tried to purchase their electricity using EcoCash as far back as Monday but his attempts were futile. Yesterday, he resorted to buying […]
State enterprises Powertel, Zarnet (Zimbabwe Academic and Research Network) and Africom were announced to be merging by Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa. Most readers will be familiar with Powertel and Africom who both act as Internet Access Providers (IAP) and Internet Service Providers, whilst ZARnet was established to provide internet to the government, academia and research […]
Powertel, the state-owned internet access provider has introduced its services to Kariba. Apart from household services, Powertel is introducing corporate services that include virtual private network, business internet services, and carrier services. The Zesa Holdings subsidiary is known for leveraging on backward CDMA technology to provide internet access. Because of this, the company has been […]
So Telone revised their home broadband packages and we compared them to the old packages. Telone Fibre users benefit the most from the revision whilst for ADSL users have less to be excited about. Now we wil look at how the new packages fare against the competition. We will look at the three other biggest Internet […]
Powertel today enters the vehicle tracking and fleet management market. They just unveiled PowerTrack, a full fleet management solution. Here is the list of services on offer: Real Time Vehicle Tracking Fleet management Panic button Stolen Vehicle Recovery Driver Behaviour Monitoring Geo-Fencing Multiple Driver Identification Powertel partners Cumii to connect the car tracking systems. The same company […]
Powertel, the sole aggregator of ZESA prepaid electricity will be introducing prepaid electricity scratch cards to its growing distribution channel. Just last week Powertel finalized a long overdue integration with Econet, Telecel, and NetOne allowing registered users the opportunity to purchase the utility product from the convenience of their mobile devices. The system went live […]
Minister of ICT says government’s investment in telecoms meant to encourage private sector growth rather than crowd it out
The Zimbabwean government’s interest telecoms infrastructure is meant to provide a platform for the private sector to flourish through the rollout of value-added services and third party providers like Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs).
The number of active fibre links in Zimbabwe increased by 101.4% in the last quarter of 2015 rising from 6,875 links to a total of 13,849 active links in just three months.
Powertel has introduced unlimited WiFi packages for school, home and business users offering broadband access for as little as $1 a day.
Powertel, the internet provider and ZESA Holdings subsidiary will now be distributing its products at selected Zimpost outlets throughout the country.
Powertel has launched a new promo where customers can access unlimited mobile broadband services at rates significantly lower than you would normally find; $50 unlimited access at 3G speeds.
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.
Powertel, the state-owned internet access provider and subsidiary of national power utility firm ZESA Holdings, has reportedly been found guilty of failing to follow proper tender procedures when it appointed local software development outfit E-solutions, as the aggregators of the sale of prepaid electricity.
The government needs Econet to join in sharing infrastrucure to prevent itself from becoming the very same monopoly that Econet/ Liquid is.
Liquid Telecom Mauritius is the holding company for Liquid Telecom Group. So, according to what the Minister has pointed out, Econet Wireless, which acquires its bandwidth from Liquid Telecom Zimbabwe, is essentially paying a significant premium on bandwidth to a sister company instead of acquiring it from cheaper alternative suppliers.
So after the noise with the tengai.co.zw store and the ensuing usual talk about local content one question has been tickling the nether regions of my brain. Just what the heck is local content?
It’s easy to consider VSAT as an outdated phenomenon that nobody really talks about anymore. With Internet Providers complaining about the cost of VSAT landing fees and the gazetting of new fees reducing them to token figures, one must realise that indeed VSAT is still a technology to consider.
The ZESA prepaid token ecosystem is not as efficient as we would want it to be with constant reports of downtime for “upgrades” and the sort with most distributors letting consumers pass the blame to ZESA for their distribution challenges
Many would like to believe that internet is now cheaper in Zimbabwe but other than the promotional packages i feel that we are still a bit high. Mobile data which would provide the most convenient delivery of internet is ridiculously expensive.
The sale of prepaid electricity has been opened up to Nettcash, the youngest mobile money service which has no visible ties to the government. Just how did Nettcash pull this off when other operators like EcoCash and Telecash are being excluded?
Powertel has unveiled CSR plans to bring internet connectivity to more than 50 Zimbabwean schools for free in a bid to compliment government e-services projects and in the process activate communities to fend for themselves.
Powertel is saying that it’s not insolvent. In a press release, it is highlighting its significant growth over a period of more than 15 years, referencing investments in telecoms infrastructure, voice services, internet and prepaid electricity aggregation where most of its cashflow seems to be coming from.
According to a report from the Auditor General, Powertel, a state-owned Internet Access Provider(IAP), is technically solvent. It is one of 23 parastatals that experienced losses between 2012 and 2014.
Now that the internet is available, there is need for startups to understand how the opportunities that come with it can be exploited successfully into profitable businesses. The Broadband Forum will provide a platform for aspiring startups to learn from testimonials of successes like Mark Essien’s Hotels.ng in tourism and Emma Kay bringing bozzi.mobi online.
Local Internet Access Provider Powertel has unveiled a new set of internet packages for its Winter Data promotion. These packages range from a $35 for 15 GB service to a $175 unlimited uncapped package that brings back an unlimited internet service to Powertel.