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NetOne hits 4 mil subs while Telecel is hanging on by a thread – POTRAZ Q2 2021 report

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has released the sector performance report for Q2 2021. One of the major highlights of the report is NetOne’s continued upward trend in terms of subscribers gained. NetOne has over the years slowly closed the chasm of the gap that exists between it and market leader […]

Over 90% of internet usage in Zimbabwe is via mobile data

The Zimstat and POTRAZ 2020 ICT Access by households and individuals report revealed mobile data is the most widely accessible form of connectivity at 95.7% for narrowband with broadband at 93.1%. These figures aren’t too surprising seeing as the other ways to access the internet need considerable capital investment. Getting a fibre or ADSL connection […]

Are airtime scratch cards being phased out?

There have been several reports over the last few weeks that there is a shortage of airtime scratch cards. This might not be a big deal for some because the “route one” way to buy airtime these days is through mobile banking and USSD. More so with the advent of the pandemic. People are more […]

The price difference between in and out of bundle browsing

So, if you weren’t already aware mobile data is priced differently depending on whether you are browsing in or out of a bundle. These prices are set by the Post and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) and the authority today put out a statement on the matter. In-Bundle and Out-of-bundle browsing. The mechanics of […]

Telecel looking to close the gap to Econet & NetOne with rewards promotion

Taking notes from EcoCash Rewards and hopefully learning from its mistakes.

Telecel shareholder drama eases as MNO looks for cash to fund expansion

Hopefully the peace lasts long enough to see Telecel back in a respectable position.

Econet, NetOne & Telecel combined revenue up by 37.5% in Q4 2020

Operating costs inclusive of foreign exchange losses are still a massive problem for the MNOs

Telecel workers pushing for corporate rescue to save the MNO

Things ain’t looking too good for Telecel.

Telecel reviews Megaboost bundle tariffs – Sept 2020

Yesterday, Telecel reviewed their Megaboost data bundles and the pricing has changed significantly – something not too surprising when you consider the last review for Megaboost was back in July. What’s the difference? Megaboost was priced as follows before the recent changes; Price On-Net Off-net SMS WhatsApp Facebook Data Validity $40 10 – 30 30MB […]

Mobile operators had over “500% losses” due to Zim currency crisis

The Post and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) released the abridged sector performance report for Q2 2020. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic were palpable when it came to industries like the postal sector. The other inescapable force that affected the performance of the sector in Q2 was the deteriorating Zimbabwean economy. No sector […]

Telecel tariffs for voice, data and SMS have been reviewed

Telecel has reviewed its tariffs for voice, out of bundle data and SMS. Telecel completes the list of mobile network operators (MNO) in tariff adjustments. Econet and NetOne have already increased their tariffs after POTRAZ gave mobile network operators the green light. The increases were based on the increasing operational costs for MNOs. New Telecel […]

Telecel’s Virtual Office makes it easier for businesses to share files in a secure network

A few days ago Telecel announced that they are offering a new service – a Virtual Office. The marketing material shared by the telecoms company alluded to the fact that consumers signing up for the service would be enable “working from wherever you are, safely and securely using a private name point.” How does it […]

Telecel workers demand 733% salary increment

Telecel employees informed NewsDay that they had demanded a salary increment from the meager ZW$1200 they are currently getting to a more respectable but not outrageous ZW$10 000. A 733% increment that will be hard for Telecel to meet considering their financial standing. It’s reported the Telecel workforce met with CEO Angeline Vere after the […]

Telecel employees allegedly stage sit-in protest

The problems engulfing Telecel at the moment don’t seem to have a clear resolution in sight. A fortnight ago we wrote about how the company was still bleeding customers at a frightening pace. It seems in addition to having to deal with subscriber loss, board room squabbles and investing in infrastructure, Telecel is also looking […]

Media Institute Of Southern Africa Zim Calls For Slashing Of Mobile Data Prices During Covid-19 Crisis

Media Institute of Southern Africa Zimbabwe (MISA Zimbabwe) has called for mobile operators in the country to slash data as the country tries to prevent the spread of the Novel Coronavirus. With companies closing offices left, right and centre as the country goes into lockdown, a number have said staff will be working from home […]

Telecel Assures Subscribers & Shareholders: “We Have A Plan”

At this point, I’m assured the T in Telecel stands for trouble. The most recent negative press associated with the company came from its own workers writing to the Ministry of ICT pleading with the government to intervene and “save their livelihoods”. The Mobile Network Operator came out and told shareholders (which include the government) […]

Telecel CEO Responds To Allegations Of Mismanagement

Earlier today we published an article regarding the alleged state of affairs at Telecel Zimbabwe. A source reached out to us and claimed that there were a number of issues affecting the telecommunications company and whilst Telecel were yet to respond to our request for comment at the time of publishing that story, they have […]

Telecel Profits Fell From US$55m To US$1m

Telecel has been in a never-ending downward spiral for a number of years now. Subscribers who would expect to get new services and products and innovation from their mobile network have instead gotten board room squabbles, poor network delivery and now it’s alleged shareholders are getting dwindling revenues and no profits. An anonymous source with […]

NSSA Scandal And Tech Pt 2: Zim Workers’ Savings Used To Buy Telecel Or Were They?

Part 1 was about how the Zimbabwean army, an internet access company: Africom and the national social security authority: NSSA duped the Zimbabwean population out of millions of US Dollars. Part 1 was complex? Well this second installment is even more complex. Most of what’s below was obtained from a series of confidential letters and […]

Telecel Announces New Tariffs For International Voice Calls

Telecel has announced a new set of tariffs for international voice calls and as expected they are more expensive than before. For a long time, Telecel has been known not to actually mention which country is in which exact group which is quite confusing. Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime […]

Telecash, Telecel’s mobile money service loses 2,300 active subscribers in 3 months (update)

Telecash, the mobile money service owned by Zimbabwean mobile network operator Telecel and the second largest mobile money service in the country lost 2,323 active subscribers between April and June 2016.

Fewer calls mean way less money for Zimbabwean mobile operators as revenues continue to decline

According to information shared by the regulator, POTRAZ, during the period a total of US$161.5 million in revenue was realised, down from the US$167.7 million recorded in the first quarter of 2016.

Breaking News – Telecel forced by regulator to stop Mega Bonus and other promotions

Local mobile operator Telecel has just sent a message to its subscribers announcing that it will be stopping its Mega Bonus offer and other promotions until further notice.

Telecash slashes tariffs, makes some payments free as it tries to encourage e-payments

Telecash, Telecel’s mobile money service, has reduced its tariffs as it aims to encourage the use of its platform as a leading solution for the cash crisis in Zimbabwe.

Telecel introducing free Facebook browsing

Now, it seems that its launch is around the corner. It turns out that some Telecel subscribers have already been accessing Free Basics through a zero rated Facebook experience.

Facebook launches Free Basics in Nigeria while Zimbabwe launch still awaits approval

Facebook continues with its quest to offer the word free internet through its initiative. Just recently it launched its Free Basics service in Nigeria through a partnership with Airtel.

Telecel valued at $250 million following government acquisition

Speaking on government’s deal with Vimpelcom regarding Telecel, the Minister of ICT, Supa Mandiwanzira said that the operator’s market capitalisation stood at a minimum of $250 million.

Minister of ICT clarifies Telecel acquisition as Vimpelcom maintains ownership of stake in operator

According to Mandiwanzira, the statement that has been made by Vimpelcom ties in with the information that has been shared since the government did finalise the Telecel deal but is still working on transferring the funds for the deal from a local account to Vimpelcom.

Telecel to partner Facebook for free internet service

In the latest bit of information to be shared about the service, it has been confirmed that Telecel is the mobile operator that will be partnering with Facebook and for the launch in the Zimbabwe. This information was shared by sources working on the Free Basics implementation.