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Telecoms regulation and licencing, what’s what?

There is a period when a new technology becomes known of, or is available. This period, for a lack of better term, is referred to as the “wild west”. This is when everything is expanding rapidly, first to those who can afford it or the government and then lastly and slowly to the public. In […]

The largest Mobile Network Operators on the African continent

Africa is an interesting continent in many regards. Telecommunications is definitely one of those areas that are interesting. For years, Africa has been heralded as being on the cusp of greatness and the role of mobile network operators hasn’t been downplayed in that narrative. With this in mind and a general fascination with the telecoms […]

Facebook Invests US$5.7 Billion In Indian Telecoms Company

Tech companies have an interesting relationship with India. The country’s cheap data has meant that for smartphone manufacturers – getting their devices in the hands of as many Indians as possible has always been a priority. For social media and messaging companies, this cheap data has meant many Indians can utilise their applications unlike in […]

NetOne Board Facing Expulsion Whilst CEO Continues To Be Investigated

NetOne’s boardroom squabbles have been well documented to this point but now there is another twist with Zim Morning Post reporting that the entire NetOne board is on the verge of expulsion. Proserve Consultancy reportedly conducted an individual evaluation of all board members and reportedly and the board was found to be incompetent. The board’s […]

Econet Global Interested In Securing Ethiopian Telecoms Licence

Econet Global, owned by Strive Masiyiwa is reportedly looking to acquire a telecoms licence in Ethiopia. The East African country is opening up the telecommunications industry to foreign investors for the first time as they plan to sell upto 49% of the state-owned Ethiopian Telecommunications before issuing two spectrum licences. Econet is not alone with […]

Liquid Telecom Launching 5G Roaming Service In “Early 2020”

Liquid Telecom is set to launch the first 5G wholesale roaming service in South Africa early in the year. The service will be available in all major South African cities. Liquid will be selling South African networks access to their 5G network since they are one of the few telecoms players with access to the […]

Telecel Workers Call For Government Intervention To Save Company

A letter written by Communication and Allied Services Workers’ Union of Zimbabwe general secretary David Mhambare expresses Telecel workers’ distress call for government intervention before the company collapses. The letter is directed to the Ministry of ICT and highlights the current plight of Telecel. Complaints include: Revenue is now at ZW$7 million/month compared to NetOne […]

NetOne Increases Cost Of Data Bundles… Again

NetOne recently announced that today they would be reviewing the pricing of their data bundles and as expected the new tariffs are more expensive. New daily bundles: 2GB of mobile data might be a good deal to some but for most this is just overkill and NetOne could do with a bundle between the 200MB […]

Econet Says We Are Working To Restore Network Challenges

Econet has acknowledged the network challenges being faced by consumers since the early hours of today. In a statement issued by the organisation, it seems there is a fault with the generators supporting the network during power outages: Our engineers are busy working to resolve a network fault that started when generators at our Network […]

NetOne Continues To Take Digs At Econet In Its Marketing Material

NetOne has made some interesting marketing efforts of late, and it seems central to their marketing is taking subtle digs at Econet wherever they can. This playfulness will probably appeal to subscribers who usually welcome drama with open arms. Back when NetOne announced their 1.2GB data bundle they struck with this: Ok, that one wasn’t […]

Google’s RCS Will Make SMSs on Android More Like WhatsApp & iMessage

Google recently decided that they will be rolling out their RCS messaging standard on Android devices (not made by Samsung). RCS stands for Rich Communication Services and it makes your text messaging experience much more similar to what you get when using WhatsApp. That’s a pretty big deal but up until now we hadn’t covered […]

Former NetOne CEO: Innovation In Government Companies Is Punishable

A number of Zimbabweans harbour the feeling that people working eagerly in government companies and departments run the risk of being booted out because of that eagerness. Former NetOne CEO Reward Kangai seems to also agree that being innovative whilst working in a government-owned enterprise might not be the of ideas. Posting directly to Twitter, […]

Telecel Woes Continue As MNO Faces Eviction

Most people are going about their business with a TGIF-infused confidence today but for Zimbabwe’s smallest mobile network operator by subscriber base trouble always seems to be around the corner. First Mutual is in the process of evicting Telecel from two of its sites due to failure to pay rentals to the tune of $40 […]

[Press Release] President Commissions The TelOne Beitbridge-Masvingo-Harare Fibre Link

TelOne has set itself as the Carrier of Carriers following the commissioning of the company’s National Backbone fibre link by the President of the Republic Of Zimbabwe Cde E.D. Mnangagwa on Wednesday 13 March 2019. Background The TelOne Beitbridge-Masvingo-Harare Optic Fibre Link is a sub-project under the National Broadband Project which was funded through the […]

POTRAZ Consulting Public On How They Can Improve Internet Connection In Rural Areas

POTRAZ has put out a notice in newspapers consulting the general public and interested parties on a proposed light licensing of rural broadband fixed wireless access systems. The notice reads: The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) intends to make the frequency bands 2400- 2483 MHz and 5 725-5 875 MHz available for […]

NetOne To Enter Joint Venture With South Africa’s Telkom?

Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube is the man of the moment and when he speaks Zimbos listen. Last week Mthuli spoke about the privatisation of state-owned parastatals and it seems like there is a 6-9 month timeline for that to happen. In line with this privatisation, South African Telecommunications company Telkom is said to be in […]

[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 […]

TelOne Revamps Application: Many New Features For Subscribers To Look Forward To

Back in 2016, TelOne launched their application and this had four main features: a Recharge Function, Live Chat, Directory,  and Wi-Fi Zones. They have updated application with a host of new features. There are some valuable additions in the new application. If you had the old My TelOne application all you have to do is update and […]

5G might just be around the corner

China Mobile Hong Kong and Huawei Hong Kong are partnering in pioneering commercial deployment of LTE-A Pro 4.5G as part of Huawei’s roadmap to 5G which is set for a timeline of 2020. LTE-A Pro or 4.5G was officially named as the new LTE standard by the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) and with it […]

Everything you need to know about the Telone Degree Programme

Friday the 14th of October marked the official launch of the Telone-NUST Bachelor of Engineering (Honors) in Telecommunications Engineering Degree. The occasion was packed with an assortment of government officials, dignitaries, heads of parastatals and academia representatives with the guest of honor being the Vice President of Zimbabwe, Honourable E.D. Mnangagwa. A brief history was laid out on […]

How to apply for Telone Center For Learning Bachelor Of Engineering (Honours) Degree In Telecommunications Engineering

Today was the official launch of Telone’s Telecommunication Degree. For those who wish to further their Telecommunications knowledge and skills, here is how to apply. Application Process An application fee of $50 non-refundable. Certified copies of National I.D as well as CV. Specified Educational Certificates. These can be submitted to any of the following: Telone […]

Why and how we can set up a clinic on every mobile phone

Image credit – Higher Life Foundation Tech entrepreneurs seem to be describing a nightmare when they share accounts of when they had to deal with the regulatory authorities whilst striving to introduce tech solutions for health. Many have bemoaned the Byzantine bureaucracy of rigorous regulations that eventually lead to a shut door that can not […]

Will TelOne succeed raising $100 million this time? What has changed?

Reports in the media in recent days say the government owned fixed line operator, TelOne, is looking to raise $100 million from international investors.  Chipo Mutasa is quoted by Finx: We are busy re-looking at our capital projects in a view to doing another fundraising exercise to the tune of $100mln. Our capital projects will […]

NetOne accuses Econet of possible economic sabotage in Zimbabwe

Econet Wireless cut us out during an important national event constituting a possible case of economic sabotage, is the latest accusation from Zimbabwe’s state owned mobile operator, NetOne, which last week had its interconnection with Econet severed as a dispute over unpaid interconnection fees escalated. The interconnection was restored after NetOne challenged the decision at […]