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Econet, Telecel & NetOne added 52 new base stations in Q2 2021

Zimbabwe’s mobile network infrastructure saw 52 new base stations according to the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe’s (POTRAZ) Q2 2021 sector performance report. All of the players (NetOne, Econet and Telecel) all contributed with Econet putting up the most. 2G base stations Q2, 2021 Q1 2021 Q2 2021 Net Addition Market Share Econet […]

The 30% data, voice & bundle tariff hike had POTRAZ’s blessing

In news that you probably know, because NetOne customers are already feeling the brunt of voice, data, and SMS tariff hikes, the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) granted Zimbabwe’s mobile network operators NetOne, Telecel and Econet the green light for a 30% out of bundle price increase. The domino effect was set […]

Zimbabwe versus South African WhatsApp data bundles

WhatsApp data bundles are a practice I don’t agree with, however, no matter what I think they are a part of our lives. One thing I have noticed though is that whenever I am in a group with ordinary non-tech Zimbabweans in South Africa, the South African based people there seem to always whine about […]

Telecel lost 20% of its subscribers between December 2020 & March 2021

The country’s smallest mobile network operator (MNO) Telecel’s spiral continued into Q1 2021 according to the latest POTRAZ sector performance report. Telecel lost a staggering 20% of its subscribers in just 3 months! Q4 2020 Q1 2021 Variance Econet 8,773,300 8,668,095 -1.2% NetOne 3,691,341 3,721,416 +0.8% Telecel 727,094 584,104 -20.4% Total 13,191,708 12,970,615 -1.7% POTRAZ […]

Women only make up 41.3% of mobile phone subscriptions in Zimbabwe?!

Yesterday, the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe released a state of the sector statement. That document was pretty brief and we were waiting for the more detailed report and well… it is finally out. The figures for the performance of the sector are similar to ones we reported yesterday however in the full […]

Internet usage keeps breaking records according to POTRAZ’s Q1 2021 report

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has released the sector performance statement for Q1 2021. Now, this isn’t the full report, but more a highlight of what will come from the more granular document that will be released soon. Here are the numbers from Q1 2021 Mobile internet and data subscriptions As […]

Mozambique’s Vodacom cuts of TMcel in a fight that’s eerily familiar

Starting tomorrow, Thursday 17 June, Mozambicans with TMcel lines will no longer be able to call their counterparts who are on the Vodacom network. This is because Vodacom has decided that it will cut off TMcel over an unpaid debt of about US$9.6 million dollars. That bill represents unpaid interconnection fees that TMcel has not […]

Video: What is the best mobile wifi bundle?

Ever wondered what the best mobile wifi bundle is? In this video we take a look at NetOne, TelOne, Telecel, Econet and Zol to find out which one is the best overal over 5 categories.

These are Network coverage, speed, device support, bundle selection and the all important price.

Do buy Econet’s eLearning bundles

Why does Econet still have them up on its USSD?

15 base stations to be constructed in rural areas – POTRAZ

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

Cell C is shutting down, perhaps Telecel should be taking notes

Telecel and Cell C share a lot in common and what latter has been doing recently could serve as a viable strategy for the former.

Econet holds the key to Zim getting a Telegram bundle

Econet’s combo bundle structure might be the key to Zimbabwe getting a Telegram or even a Signal bundle as WhatsApp’s Privacy policy furore roars on.

Subscribers may be up but NetOne is taking a beating in mobile data & voice traffic

Despite showing the most growth in active subscribers in Q3 2020, NetOne is losing ground to its competitors when it comes to mobile data and voice traffic market share in the period under review.

NetOne adds over 100k new subcribers while Econet lost about the same number in Q3 2020

NetOne added over 100k subscriber in Q3 2020 while Econet lost about the same number according to POTRAZ’s sector performance report.

MNO revenue shot up by 194.7% in Q3 2020

According to the latest POTRAZ figures, Zimbabwe’s Mobile Network Operators (MNO) saw a revenue jump of 194.7% in Q3 2020.

Zim mobile internet and data traffic grew by 43% in Q3 2020

POTRAZ has released a statement detailing the telecoms sectors performance in Q3 2020 and mobile internet and data traffic shot up again.

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 […]

Telecel urging old subscribers to recharge their SIMs and get freebies

Telecel announced a new promotion via their social media pages that will reward subscribers who buy airtime more frequently. The digital flyer alerting subscribers of this new promotion promises the following; 10 free telecel to telecel voice minutes; 10 free SMSs; 30MB free data. Telecel’s subscribers will get these free benefits if they recharge their […]

Mobile tariffs going up, operators now charge based on interbank rate. Telecel first

The telecoms regulator, The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has approved telecom operators to base their pricing on the interbank rate. This is to fulfill the recently published statute from government which says: “Any person who provides goods or services in Zimbabweshall display, quote or offer the price for such goods or […]

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 […]

Why are telecoms companies hated so much?

I wasn’t planning on writing this but two things changed my mind. First, as I was working on another article, I came across this quote; Unfortunately, telecoms brands continue to struggle to earn the respect of consumers, with average reputation scores for providers brands right at the bottom of our sector league table. Consumers love […]

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 […]

Cell C shares plan to lay off 40% of staff

A year, ago I wrote an article titled Cell C Fast Becoming South Africa’s Telecel. The article noted some of the similarities between the two telecoms companies divided by a border and a year later there is still one big similarity. Neither company can catch a break. We wrote about the state of affairs at […]

Telecel Reviewing Bundle Price On The 23rd Of June

Telecel has announced via it’s social media channels that it will be reviewing prices for bundles on the 23rd of June i.e tomorrow. To our valued customers Please be advised that we will be reviewing our data bundle prices with effect from 23 June Telecel hasn’t reviewed their bundle pricing as frequently as their rivals, […]

Video: NetOne used to have fewer subscribers than Telecel

This is a visualization of 8 years of subscriber trends for Zimbabwe’s top 3 Mobile Network Operators. Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or OneMoney number: Buy Please dial our USSD code *405# on your phone to buy airtime because this page will not work. {{error_message}} {{error_message}}

Telecel Loses Nearly 100k Subscribers – Is There Light At The End Of The Tunnel?

For almost half a decade, the Telecoms Sector Report by POTRAZ has reflected poorly on Telecel’s performance. The report for the first quarter of 2020 is out and you guessed it, again it reflects poorly on Telecel. The 3rd largest mobile network provider (aka the smallest) is in trouble on many fronts but this won’t […]

ICT Ministry Says Giving Additional Free Spectrum Has Improved Internet Access During Pandemic – Truth Or Propaganda?

At the beginning of May, POTRAZ with the permission of the Ministry of ICT announced that they would be freeing up additional spectrum to internet service providers and mobile network providers. The Ministry recently released a press release detailing some of the good things that have come from that move and there are some interesting […]

Telecel Says We’re Not Closing, In Fact We Are Opening More Shops

There’s a rumor that has been circulating based on a story run by The Herald 5 years ago. The story titled “Telecel shut down” was stumbled upon mistakenly by someone who assumed it was a recent story and begun spreading it. The story grew legs to the point where Telecel has had to issue a […]