Tag: Telecel


Here’s A Comparison Of Weekly Data Bundles Between Netone, Econet And Telecel: Take Your Pick

Since Telecel has just introduced its weekly data bundles, I think its worthwhile to compare the weekly data bundles offered by all three Mobile Network Operators (MNO) and see whose got the best deal.Take a look at the following table; As you can see, Telecel and Netone offer more data (by far) for any price […]


Telecel Introduces Weekly Data Bundles

Telecel has introduced weekly data bundles in addition to the already existing Megaboost data bundles and Power Hour Data Bundle and Daily bundles. Its surprising why Telecel took so long to introduce the weekly data bundles when all of its competitors introduced them a long time ago. The smallest Mobile Network Operator will to some […]


Local Mobile Network Operators Paid Over $90 000 in Fines Last Year Due To Poor Service

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe recently released their annual report and in it they disclosed that they fined Zimbabwe’s 3 mobile network operators $93 353.24. According to our investigation when it comes to penalties operators are granted an opportunity to be heard and they come up with their justifications, some of which […]


Here’s A List Of All Telecel USSD Codes In One Place

There are very few things as irritating as knowing there is a USSD code for something you want to do, but not knowing what that USSD code actually is. We made a list of all the USSD codes if you are an Econet user and I’m sure there are some Telecel users who were looking […]


Four Investors Are Looking To Pump Money Into NetOne

Earlier this year, the Minister of ICT & Cyber Security Supa Mandiwanzira expressed the Governments interest to finally let go of Mobile Network Operators Telecel and NetOne: We have had inquiries on buying equity, interest in government-owned networks, with some offering to buy entire shareholding and some offering to partner with the government and inject […]


Telecel Adds Facebook Data To Their MegaBoost Bundles

For many people MegaBoost just wasn’t a compelling deal due to the fact that apart from Whatsapp, you were not getting anything else (in terms of data at least). Telecel has probably realised that MegaBoost stands to gain more traction if it’s coupled with another social media offering and thus Facebook will now be added […]


Law Firm Representing NetOne CEO Against Office Of The President Is Owned By The President’s Son-In-Law

The situation at NetOne seems to have gone into overdrive and with the current CEO – Lazarus Muchenje- having now sued the ICT Minister Supa Mandiwanzira and The Office of The President we were quite alarmed by the fact that the law firm representing Mr Muchenje has a very interesting ownership and we couldn’t help […]


Here Is What Zimbabwe’s New President, ED Mnangagwa Wants To Do For The ICT Sector

Zimbabwe now has a new president, President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa. The honor comes with the task of delivering the promises he made in his party’s manifesto. He made many promises across different areas but as techies, we are more interested in the promises he made for the Information Communications (ICT) Sector. Here are the promises; Promise#1-Liberalizing the […]


Telecel Apologises For Network Challenges

Telecel has apologised for the disruption of service that their subscribers faced earlier this morning. We only got to know of the problems around 7 AM but we could not verify how widespread this problem was. Telecel seems to have restored the service around midday and released the following statement: Announcement!! We apologise for the […]


Telecel Ownership Back And Forth Goes On And On

Fourteen days ago, we had two stories on the Telecel ownership issues and these articles couldn’t have been more contrasting. In the initial article we reported that James Makamba had been booted out and the Telecel issues had been resolved. Later that afternoon statements released by Makamba’s lawyers and a statement sent to Telecel CEO […]


[Press Release] Telecel Announces New On-Net Voice Bundles

Telecel has introduced their new on-net voice bundles and for those making Telecel to Telecel calls there’s a lot to smile about with 50c getting you an hour of talk-time. You can read Telecel’s Press Release below: Mobile Operator Telecel Zimbabwe has announced the launch of its much awaited on-net voice bundles that will see […]


Telecel Introduces The All-New ‘Power Hour Data Bundle’

You know that time when you want to download (or google) something but your airtime is just too little? Telecel is your answer. The smallest Mobile Network Operator (MNO), Telecel on Saturday unveiled a new data bundle called Power Hour Data Bundle which is designed to give “more data for less airtime”. The Power Hour […]


James Makamba Not Out, Says He Didn’t Resign From Telecel

Earlier today we reported that the Telecel power struggle seemed to have come to a halt. The news was initially reported on The Times (a South African publication). James Makamba -through his lawyers- has denied that there have been any changes to the ownership structures. Makamba’s lawyers sent out an email to media houses disputing […]


Telecel’s Ownership Wrangles Finally Over? Makamba Pushed Out By The President’s Son-in-Law

By this point Telecel’s ownership issue are well documented and since 2015 Telecel ownership squats have been making headlines multiple times. Now it seems there might finally be a conclusion. James Makamba returned to Zim after the ‘coup-not-coup’ in November. Shortly after his return, the former chairman of Telecel accused Gerald Mlotshwa (son-in-law to current […]


[Press Release] Telecel Gives Away $60 000 Worth Of Prizes In Bundle Mania & Cash Boosta Promotions

Telecel’s recently gave subscribers over $60 000 worth of prizes for participating in the Bundle Mania and Cash Boosta promotions. Telecel subscribers won prizes ranging from cash, laptops, tablets and cows (livestock is the in-thing these days). You can read Telecel’s press release concerning these promotions below: Telecel Gives Away Over $60 000 Worth of […]


Netone Silently Launches An Android Mobile App

You know the long boring process of responding to many prompts so that you can buy internet or WhatsApp bundles on Netone. You respond to at least 4 prompts just to buy the bundles.   Thank God Netone has introduced an Android App that dodges this long procedure. Econet and Telecel already had similar apps. It […]


Econet Going Green: Licence To Construct Solar Power Plant Approved

Econet Wireless’ plans to have their data centre run on solar energy are well documented and in January they applied for a licence to build a 0.45MW power plant for their own use. That application has been accepted by ZERA, so I guess Econet will be going ahead with their plan as intended. The media […]


Would A Telecel-NetOne Merger Make More Sense Than Partial Privatization?

The government, through the Finance Minister Chinamasa has shared its plans to reform State-Owned Enterprises. In that plan, we found out that both Telecel and NetOne are going to be partially privatized. Today, the government owns 100% of NetOne. The Telecel situation is not as straight forward.   Telecel The government owns 60% of Telecel, […]


Will Telecel’s Ownership Issues Ever End?

It seems the Telecel shareholding issues will not go away. After the acquisition of Telecel by the government back in 2015 the shareholding issue had quietened down but it seems that was just the calm before the storm. Back then, the government acquired a 60% stake and it seems the remaining 40% will now be […]


Mobile Network Operators Show A Revenue Growth Trend But It’s Not That Simple…

If anyone would be happy about the 4th quarter Potraz report is a shareholder because the revenue in the sector has significantly improved from the last quarter. The 4th quarter of 2017 is remembered for the political transition that took place in Zimbabwe, chronic shortages of cash and highly volatile exchange rates both in the […]


Inspite Of OneFusion And Megaboost, Econet Posts Higher Subscriber Growth Than NetOne and Telecel

Potraz just released their annual report for 2017 and quarterly report for 4th quarter 2017. We found the pattern of subscriber growth or lack thereof to be quite interesting. Econet increased their number of subscribers by 4.9%, whilst NetOne saw a 1.9% increase. Telecel, however, is the only mobile network provider that lost subscribers and […]


[BREAKING]:Telecel Subscribers Can Now Register For EcoCash

It seems the EcoCash doors have been opened once again. Telecel subscribers are now able to register for EcoCash. Last week we reported that NetOne subscribers could now register on EcoCash. The process is as simple as going into an Econet Shop and going through the normal registration process and you’re an EcoCash user. Of […]


Supa Mandiwanzira Is Right; We Are Not Yet Ready For 5G And We Won’t Be Anytime Soon

The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona ended a week ago and one of the major focuses this year was 5G. The fifth generation of broadband cellular network technology, succeeding 4G is expected to launch in the US by the end of this year. Europe, Japan, South Korea will adopt the technology in 2019 and China in 2020. MTN […]


Supa Mandiwanzira Says There’s No Need To Merge NetOne And Telecel

The Minister of ICT and Cyber Security, Supa Mandiwanzira has said Telecel and NetOne do not need to merge as they are finally stabilizing. NetOne and Telecel are apparently now getting back on their feet. This is a bit surprising because as recently as December 2017, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa called Telecel and NetOne ‘A let […]


Telecel Smells OneFusion Blood And They Launch Bundlemania To Promote Their Competing Bundles

Nhamo yemumwe hairambirwe sadza is a Shona proverbs that is literally translated, “Another person’s woes are not reason for you to refuse sadza (that’s the staple food around here).” Telecel has just said that to NetOne’s face. They have announced a promotion they are calling bundlemania to promote their WhatsApp, Facebook, Megaboost and WiFi bundles. […]


Telecel Predictably Welcomes Mobile Money Interoperability

The ministry of ICT and Cyber Security, yesterday, ordered all MNOs (Mobile Network Operators) to make their mobile money platforms work together seamlessly. Techzim reached out to all the operators and Telecel was the first to respond. Francis Chimanda, Telecel’s PR, CSR, and Sponsorship manager answered a few of the questions we had about the […]


Supa Mandiwanzira Tells Econet, Telecel, NetOne To Have Mobile Money Platforms That Work Together… Or Else

The Ministry of Information Communication Technology and Cyber Security has issued an ultimatum to the Mobile Network Operators to find a way to make all their mobile money platforms work together. The statement reads: INTEROPERABILITY OF MOBILE MONEY PLATFORMS The Ministry of Information Communication Technology and Cyber Security would like to encourage the Mobile Network […]


Foreign Investors Interested In NetOne, Telecel And TelOne According To Mandiwanzira

According to ICT Minister Supa Mandiwanzira, there are foreign investors that have tabled bids to buy shareholding in state-owned mobile operators NetOne, Telecel as well as fixed operator TelOne. The offers are for both the controlling and majority equity stakes in the companies. The bids come in at a time both companies are in need […]


Mnangagwa’s Son In Law, Telecel, Dr Dish And Kwese… Where’s The Connection?

There is a man right here in Zimbabwe who happens to be a seasoned lawyer, major shareholder in one of the telecommunications companies and son in law to a prominent politician in Zimbabwe. All this is no crime but it is quite an attractive story for a curious cat. Techzim is a curious cat. That […]


What Will Work Best For MNOs In 2018, Competition or Collaboration?

“Competition makes us faster; Collaboration makes us better.” Anonymous To compete or to collaborate? To say these are mutually exclusive would be quite inaccurate. However, it’s important to note that most times when we choose one, the other suffers. I chose to look at this dilemma with a special focus on Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) because […]