Tag: Supa Mandiwanzira

Government would like to own Telecel 100%

Speaking at the Mobile Money and Digital Payments event in Harare today, Minister of ICT, Supa Mandiwanzira said that government’s intention is to own 100% of Telecel Zimbabwe. Government currently owns 60% of Telecel which it bought from Vimpelcom.  The other 40% is owned by the Empowerment Corporation of Zimbabwe. There hasn’t been clarity though […]

Zim government to speed up Computer Crime and Cyber Crime Bill in response to ransomware cyber-attack

Zimbabwe ICT Minister Supa Mandiwanzira said yesterday that in the face of the recent global ransomware cyber-attack, the government is speeding up the approval of the Computer Crime and Cyber Crime Bill. The minister was speaking at an occasion to mark the successful acquisition of Telecel Zimbabwe by the government yesterday. Mandiwanzira said the government is taking the recent WannaCry cyber-attack […]

Telecel here to stay, says CEO

Telecel Chief Executive Officer, Angeline Vere Telecel Zimbabwe, despite the problems it has faced in the past couple of years, is here to say, the CEO of the company, Angeline Vere, declared yesterday in Harare. Vere was speaking at a cocktail organised by the company to assure the market that it has a solid future ahead. […]

We have injected $5 million into Telecel, says Government of Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe ICT Minister Supa Mandiwanzira announced today that the government invested US $5 million into Telecel Zimbabwe in January this year. The announcement was made at a cocktail organised to assure the market that the mobile operator is strong and has a solid future after its acquisition by government. Said the minister: I wish to […]

9 Facts Gained From The New TelOne Data Centre Launch

Yesterday TelOne launched their new data centre, amidst much pomp and funfair. Techzim covered the event and besides witnessing Plaxedes Wenyika serenading the crowd, a clearer insight to what POTRAZ are implementing in regards to the National Internet eXchange Point (IXP) was established. Techzim are yet to establish new data surrounding the establishment of the IXP, however TelOne have been […]

TelOne Launch New Data Centre

Techzim attended the TelOne Data Center and Cloud Solutions launch this morning, held in Harare, where the Minister of ICT, Supa Mandiwanzira officially opened the centre. This was touted as the “first phase of the National Data Centre” and current capabilities of the centre not only include the ability to host huge amounts of data, but […]

Econet calls Mandiwanzira’s dispute of its licence payment ludicrous & a lack of appreciation of basic finance & economics

The Minister also said that since the debt was assumed by the State, the people of Zimbabwe were the ones who had paid for the licence. He also referred to the arrangement as an example of a fair playing field where privately owned enterprises like Econet can negotiate debt payment deals.

Government to set a minimum & maximum price on mobile internet in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s mobile data prices are set to have floor and ceiling prices as the government moves to protect subscribers as well as the industry. While responding to a question on the lack of ceiling price on mobile data raised in Parliament recently, the Minister of ICT Supa Mandiwanzira explained how the review of high mobile […]

Government says Zimbabwe lost US$26 million to WhatsApp, Facebook & Over the Top services

The government has put a price on the “WhatsApp effect”. According to the Minister of ICT Supa Mandiwanzira, Zimbabwe lost US$26 million in less than a year. In a recent hearing with Parliament, the Minister shared information on how much Zimbabwean mobile voice traffic had declined because of over the top (OTT) services (services that work […]

Government considering bringing Econet shareholding back to Zimbabwe following rights issue controversy – Mandiwanzira

Econet’s US$130 million rights issue which was recently approved by its shareholder has attracted the attention of the government and could result in the revision of a shareholding arrangement that has allowed a chunk of the operator’s shares to reside outside Zimbabwe. In a recent hearing with the parliamentary committee on ICT, the Minister of ICT, Supa […]

It’s a lie that Econet paid its licence in full, part of the payment actually made by people of Zimbabwe – Mandiwanzira

Zimbabwe’s Minister of ICT, Supa Mandiwanzira recently told the parliament of Zimbabwe that contrary to what has been said repeatedly by Econet Wireless Zimbabwe about its licence payment fees, the mobile operator did not pay its licence its full and part of the payment was actually made by the people of Zimbabwe. While responding to a […]

Zimbabwean government used the Universal Services Fund to pay for Telecel acquisition

Supa Mandiwanzira addressing Parliament The Zimbabwean government used money from the Universal Services Fund (USF) to partly finance its acquisition of Telecel Zimbabwe. This information was shared by the Minister of ICT, Supa Mandiwanzira in an evidentiary hearing with the parliamentary committee on ICT held today. Responding to a question from the committee led by […]

POTRAZ & Supa Mandiwanzira to give testimonies to parliament on mobile data price increases

Both POTRAZ and the Minister are expected to attend an evidentiary hearing scheduled for the 6th of February (today) at 2 pm and offer clarification as to what transpired and highlight how this will affect mobile data use for Zimbabweans.

Mandiwanzira responds to Econet, advises operator to stick to business & take responsibility for milking subscribers

As expected the Minister of ICT, Supa Mandiwanzira has responded to the strongly worded statement issued by Econet Wireless Zimbabwe regarding its position on the adjustment of mobile data tariffs.

Here is Econet’s full statement defending its position on the reversal of data tariff increases

Econet Wireless, Zimbabwe’s largest mobile network operator has published a statement detailing its position regarding the recent mobile broadband tariff increases which were criticised by subscribers before being reversed. In its statement Econet makes scathing remarks against the Minister of ICT, Supa Mandiwanzira, accusing him of falsehoods and linking him and the country’s other mobile […]

Econet says it reversed the tariffs on its own, calls Supa Mandiwanzira a liar

Supa Mandiwanzira In the latest development regarding the recently suspended mobile data tariff increases, Econet Wireless has published a statement on its Facebook page defending its actions, pointing out how it reversed the data tariffs increase on its own and accusing Supa Mandiwanzira, Zimbabwe’s Minister of ICT, of duplicity and misleading actions aimed at discrediting […]

Breaking News – Minister of ICT Supa Mandiwanzira suspends data tariff increases

The Minister of ICT, Supa Mandiwanzira, has just issued a statement announcing the suspension of tariff increases on mobile data. The suspension follows a major outcry from consumers following an activation of floor prices on mobile data bundles. Also read POTRAZ releases statement on suspension of tariff increases, calls out Econet for double standards Econet announces […]

Minister of ICT, Supa Mandiwanzira speaks on data increases – “I will get to the bottom of it”

The recent adjustment of mobile data prices by Zimbabwe’s largest mobile network operator, Econet Wireless has triggered a lot of backlash from subscribers who have been directing their anger at both Econet and the government. On social media, the Minister of ICT, Supa Mandiwanzira, was asked a series of questions by people who wanted to know […]

Zimbabwe’s 10 most influential in Technology 2016

In the same retrospective spirit, we took a look at what happened in the local technology space and came up with our list of the 10 most influential in this space.

Zimbabwe’s mobile internet prices to be reduced in the next two months as POTRAZ works with networks to make data affordable

POTRAZ, Zimbabwe’s telecoms regulator is working with mobile telecoms operators to set a new price for mobile broadband that will result in cheaper mobile internet in the next few months.

Ministry of ICT prepares for 2nd Innovators Showcase, invites startups & tech innovators to Harare

Plans are already in place for the next showcase which is set to be held on the 28th of September 2016 at Rainbow Towers in Harare.

Latest on $25 million tech fund: local innovators & startups are being invited to showcase their work

The first showcase is set to be held on the 14th of September, 2016 (tomorrow) in the city of Bulawayo at Holiday Inn. The Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Services Supa Mandiwanzira is set to host the event which will run from 3pm.

Ministry of ICT to oversee disposal of spectrum as government seeks $142 million for digital migration

The Minister of ICT, Supa Mandiwanzira So the latest information that’s been shared on Zimbabwe’s digital migration project (aka digitisation aka digitalisation) is that the government will be “borrowing” money from the Universal Services Fund to settle some immediate obligations for the project. However, this is only supposed to be a temporary arrangement. The digital […]

Opposition leader & high profile lawyer Tendai Biti vows to fight Zimbabwe’s draft Cybercrime Bill in court

Tendai Biti, the president of Zimbabwean opposition party People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the country’s fomer finance Minister has said that he is going to fight the proposed Computer Crime and Cybercrime Bill in court.

ICT Minister says Zimbabwe’s Cybercrime Bill not targeted at campaigns like #ThisFlag, #Tajamuka

In an interview with the BBC, the Minister of ICT Supa Mandiwanzira said it would be wrong to assume that the Cybercrime Bill is targeted at campaigns like #ThisFlag and #Tajamuka.

Zimbabwe’s ICT policy gets cabinet approval as the country prepares for new tech legislation

According to the Minister of ICT, Supa Mandiwanzira, the draft ICT policy was recently approved by the cabinet. This marks a go-ahead from the government and paves way for the policy to become the official framework for the government’s plans relating to Information Technology.

ICT Minister comments on suspension of mobile promos, draws link to operators’ resistance to lower tariffs

Mandiwanzira pointed out that while he was yet to meet with the telecoms regulator POTRAZ to get a full explanation for the suspensions, his own interpretation so far was that this could be the regulator’s response to the mobile networks’ attempts to fight a tariff reduction while offering their services at a discount.

ICT Minister takes to Twitter to defend proposed social media clampdown as Zimbabweans question proposed cybercrime laws

The Minister of ICT, Supa Mandiwanzira was quizzed about these developments via Twitter by people interested in the government’s plans for social media use as well as the draft cybercrime legislation.

Government seeks funding to expand NetOne’s services as it adapts to changes in telecoms

The Zimbabwean government is currently seeking funding to expand NetOne’s services lineup as the State ramps up its efforts to increase the viability of the telecoms operators that it owns.

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).