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Telecel sold, Zimpost mobile money, digital content theft, Xiaomi in Africa – Podcast

This episode covers the sale of Telecel to the government and NSSA’s involvement, the theft of digital content, Zimpost’s payment platform and the changing African devices market.

MTN’s $5,2 billion problem, City of Harare Online, iROKO Global, Liquid in VOD

We discuss the MTN $5,2 billion penalty in this episode of the podcast, while also touching on other highlights in tech this week like iROKO Global’s launch, the City of Harare doing business online and Liquid Telecom buying a stake in a VOD company.

Mxit’s demise, Zimpapers going digital, Tengai/Ownai, ShonaNdebele Tutor: Podcast

Mxit, the most successful African social media platform so far (in terms of user uptake at least) closed its operations a week ago. in this podcast we discuss some of the challenges that it met and what could have been a contribution to its demise. We also discuss the Zimpapers results and their reflection on […]

Celsys shutdown, Muzinda & e-lancing, online ticketing – Podcast

In this episode we discuss the closure of Zimbabwean tech and printing company Celsys Zimbabwe, the e-lancing platform from Muzinda hub and the startup National Tickets.

Tech beyond the phone, NetOne & Econet results, Mozido & mobile money in Africa – Podcast

This episode of the podcast features a discussion on the latest results from Econet and NetOne, the future for mobile money in Africa being eyed by Mozido and Nettcash, and how Zimbabwean telecoms will work beyond just the phone. We explore the opportunity behind connected technology that has been chased by Econet and even  by […]

Internet for Africa, LTE from Telecel, Econet job losses – Podcast

  [powerpress] In this episode of the podcast, we discuss the LTE opportunity for Zimbabwe and how Telecel is approaching it, the 100 employees retrenched at Econet, Tecno entering the Zimbabwean market, Facebook’s investment into African internet and the new Microsoft devices. Please feel free to share your thoughts on these topics on this platform […]

Solar geysers, ZOL free WiFi, Econet LTE & the long winter – Podcast

Local internet provider ZOL has made its WiFi hotspots free again, with some Ts and Cs of course. However, this shows how the model for WiFi rollout can be tinkered with. In this episode, we discuss the opportunities in WiFi for ZOL and other operators. We also look at the hotly debated solar geysers issue, […]

Liquid’s expensive bandwidth, rogue economics in Zim telecoms & Infrastructure Sharing: Podcast

In this podcast, we discuss the comments shared by the Minister of ICT in a recent interview on ZiFM Stereo that touched on Infrastructure sharing.

TelOne & Huawei deals, MTN & zero-rated VOD, Footballzone, Telecel promos: Podcast

Here’s the latest episode of the podcast which touches on TelOne and its deal with Huawei, FrontRow, the VOD service for MTN which is now being offered through zero-rated data, the latest Telecel promo and the Footballzone Magazine App.

Prepaid Water, Muzinda’s free websites, Viva Mobile & the Apple Event: Podcast

[powerpress] The highlight for most techies this week will be the Apple Event that is happening today in the USA. In this podcast, we briefly touched on some of the speculation around new Apple product launches. We also took time to discuss the prepaid water meters in Harare, the free websites from Muzinda Hub and […]

Government buys Portnet, POTRAZ report, TelOne profits,the M-PESA API : Podcast

In this episode, we discuss the latest POTRAZ report, the new Infrastructure sharing regulations, ZIPCASH’s progress in mobile money, the M-PESA API that was shared by Safaricom and TelOne’s profitability.

Bitcoin for Zimbabwe, Digital parking, infrastructure sharing & Google – Podcast

This is the latest episode of the podcast which explored topics like the Bitcoin remittance service Bitmari, The Google Logo, digital parking in Harare and telecoms Infrastructure.

Liquid Telecom & Hai, POTRAZ on infrastructure(again), cheap phones from Steward bank: Podcast

[powerpress] In this episode of the podcast, we discuss the launch of Hai, an ISP in Zambia owned by Liquid Telecom, the latest on POTRAZ and infrastructure sharing as well as the entry-level smartphones that Steward Bank is selling on credit to college students. If you have a comment or anything to add to any […]

Telecoms job cuts, the Liquid & MTN partnership, TelOne WiFi at Innscor: Podcast

Here is the latest edition of the Techzim podcast. This episode touched on the MTN-Liquid Telecom partnership, the TelOne and Innscor WiFi arrangement, job cuts and salary adjustments in Telecoms as well as the workshops at Harare Institute of Technology.

Telecel job cuts, Gtel gets Kenya, Econet Power Solutions & Showmax VOD: Podcast

In this mid-week podcast, we discuss the wave of employment contract terminations that has reached Telecel, ShowMax, the new VOD service, the roaming tariffs that have been reviewed in Southern Africa, Gtel in Kenya and the $99 Econet Home Power Station.

The new Econet boss, Samsung’s latest lineup, the ZB App & TelOne’s Agents- Podcast

In this episode of the Podcast, we discuss the TelOne Sales Agents Strategy, the devices unveiled at the recent Samsung Unpacked Event, the ZB Bank App and the new COO of Econet Zimbabwe, Fayaz King.

Broadband Forum, Telecel, TelOne the MNO & startup competitions: Podcast

In this podcast, we talk about some of the highlights of the Broadband Forum. We also discuss other topics that have been trending in Zimbabwean tech like the sale of Telecel, TelOne activating its mobile network operator licence, startup competitions like Muzinda Hub’s startup weekend and the latest on infrastructure sharing.

POTRAZ, Facebook Africa, Tonight with Zororo, Zimpapers Digital, Africabookings – Podcast

Here is the latest edition of the Techzim podcast. In this episode issues discussed include the dismissal of the POTRAZ board, the revenue Zimpapers is harvesting from digital media, Telecel’s fight for survival, a local startup called Africabookings that’s securing funding, Facebook in Africa and the implications of this as well as the Tonight with Zororo show launching on YouTube as opposed to the ZBC route.

Zim mobile games, local Innovation, DEMO Africa, Powertel internet, GTeL – Podcast

This is the latest edition of the Techzim podcast. In this episode we touch on a variety of trending issues in tech like the new Powertel internet package, Esaja in Rwanda, innovation in Zimbabwe, DEMO Africa and the new DStv channel Zambezi Magic.

Forbes 30 under 30, Liquid VoIP, EcoCash, Twenty Third Century Systems: Podcast

Here’s our weekly podcast which touched on the latest to happen in tech in the past week like the 2 Zimbabwean techies on Forbes Africa’s list, the new mobile operator that a local consortium wants to set up and EcoCash Diaspora in South Africa.

Drones in Zim, ZRP on Twitter, ZBC $3 subs, Windows 10, Facebook Lite – Podcast

What’s the latest on drones in Zimbabwe? What is up with ZRP and its Twitter account? Is $3 a fair amount for ZBC subscriptions? This is the latest Techzim podcast that has discussions on these topics and more from this week’s tech news.

Econet bundles,’s $1.2 mil, Rocket Internet & Free WiFi in Africa: Podcast

The latest Techzim podcast with open discussions on trending issues in local technology. This episode covered the Econet Social Bundles misstep, raising $1.2 million, DEMO Africa coming to Zimbabwe next month and free WiFi in Joburg and Harare.

Telecel ownership, ZOL WiFi Hotspots, TelOne ADSL, Telco, BitFinance:Podcast

A lot happened in local tech in the past week, particularly in broadband and telecoms. We discuss some of these issues in this episode of the podcast. Part of the discussion included the Telecel ownership issue, particularly the remarks shared by the Minister of ICT in Parliament regarding this issue, the ZOL WiFi Hotspots, the new […]

Podcast: Telecel shutdown, NetOne restructures, Webdev & Comexposed

We are back with another edition of the Techzim podcast. This episode explores a lot of the hotly followed topics from local tech in the past week. Issues such as the shut down of Telecel Zimbabwe, the management shakeup at NetOne, insights from Comexposed, the acquisition of local startup Webdev and the new price of […]

Understanding brand building through digital and social media in Africa

Can any brand and any type of product grow with a digital-first approach? It’s a fair question now that more and more people are trying to work with lean budgets and relying on social media and digital promotion to do so. The answer to that is situational at best. No single brand building strategy has […]

IAD Summit, Fibre in Vic Falls, NetOne, the latest POTRAZ Report: Weekly Podcast

What’s the latest on porn in Zimbabwe? Do we have the right legislation for social media? What is being done regarding a tech startup culture and are the right efforts being made by the right people, after all has been said? That’s just some of the content we went through in this week’s edition of […]

Weekly Podcast : Powertel & Africom promos, TelOne Fibre, The Source & Tidal

It’s been a while since we had the standard weekly podcast, something that was only remedied by a lot of other interviews and discussions that we shared over the past couple of weeks. Nevertheless, you can check out our latest banter on the hottest trending topics in local technology. In this episode, we talked about […]

Zim’s Digital Future: Digital migration & opportunities for content creators

Who is going to benefit from digitisation? It turns out a lot of people at various stages in the digital food chain actually. One of the key presentations from the Digital Future Conference was from Mr Gelfand Kausiyo, the project lead for the ZBC Digital Migration exercise. In this recording, which also captures some questions from […]

Podcast: Facts from POTRAZ, the rise of Android, Hypercube’s model & Wangu

In this episode of the Techzim Podcast, we discussed the latest figures on mobile OS share, POTRAZ facts on local telecoms, the rise of Android, the new membership model for Hypercube Hub and the local social network called Wangu. What are your thoughts on these topics? Have you used Wangu? What are your thoughts on […]

Podcast: NatiV App, POTRAZ Report, Mama Money, TelOne Fibre and our giveaway

Here is the latest edition of the Techzim Podcast that was a run through the different topics and trending issues in local technology for the past week. In this episode we discussed a wide range of topics that included the latest report from POTRAZ and some of its not so accurate figures, the e-learning language […]