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Zim ISPs aren’t losing sleep over Elon Musk’s Starlink & here’s why

Starlink is great but that US$500 is a massive barrier.

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.

Local Company, ZODSAT Partners UAE-Based VSAT Internet Service Provider

Yahsat graced the local internet scene last year through its partnership with Utande. The more the merrier is the name of the game. Now its ZODSAT that’s been added to the list of Yahsat’s partners in Zim. ZODSAT is a local VSAT internet service provider that’s recently made noise with it’s enticing offerings. For a […]

Netone To Compensate Customers Who Were Affected By The Internet Shut Down

Last week’s internet blackout saw many people’s internet bundles expiring without using them. Therefore, Netone wants to do its subscribers a favour to compensate those who didn’t get to use their internet bundles during the course of the internet shut down. On its Twitter page, Netone tweeted: Dear Valued Customer, Please Be Advised that all […]

The Government’s Block On WhatsApp And Social Media Is Hurting The Informal Economy

So yesterday afternoon the Zimbabwean government decided to relent and send a directive to the country’s internet operators telling them to switch the internet back on but keep blocking social media. It is not clear what prompted this second change of heart. Maybe someone managed to get through to them to explain the importance of […]

Utande Customers Still Had Internet For Some Time After Blackout, Here’s How It Happened

So around mid day on Tuesday the 15th the whole of Zimbabwe was cut off from the internet. The government directed all internet service providers to flip the switch to off. They wanted to stop the flow of information amidst protests that had turned violent. Not all the internet went off all at once though. […]

Utande Increases Wimax Prices: Still Offering The Cheapest Unlimited Internet

These days if you want cheap ( below $100) unlimited internet your option are pretty much limited these days. Powertel, Aquiva and Dandemutande are the only providers that I know right now who have unlimited packages south of the sacred $100 mark. It would seem however that Utande has followed in the footsteps of ZOL […]

Here Are Yahclick-Utande’s VSAT Packages And Their Pricing

So about two weeks ago I noticed Facebook ads advertising Utande’s YahClick VSAT packages. We had previously announced that these two are teaming up to provide affordable VSAT packages aimed at the majority of Zimbabwe’s population who live in rural and remote areas. Here are the packages on offer The good news is that despite […]

Podcast On YahClick. A Dubai Satellite Internet Provider Eyeing Zimbabwe

From the hot deserts of Dubai UAE a telecoms company called YahSat is banking on their orbiting satellites to beam internet to Zimbabwe. The company is partnering with Utande in Zimbabwe to make this possible and the technology they are riding on it VSAT. In this Podcast we try and figure out what value proposition […]

YahSat And Utande Still Haven’t Announced The Prices For Their Satellite Internet Service

Ok, so you’re probably wondering what’s up with Utande and YahSat’s internet service. YahClick (as the service will come to be known) was launched last week but that launch was not followed by any details of pricing. At the launch, Utande couldn’t commit to a pricing structure for the packages because the economy had recently […]

Africa’s Leading Satellite Internet Provider Partners With Utande To Introduce New Internet Solution In Zimbabwe

Nowadays when I go to launch events I am cautiously optimistic. After Kwese TV’s launch last year we quickly learned that announcement of a new product does not equate to a great offering that will shake things up as much as we anticipate. Zimbabwe’s internet landscape is another industry that also requires similar shake-ups and […]

uMAX launches skyMAX, a $150/150GB internet package

skyMAX comes with 150 GB of data for $150 with maximum speeds of 5 Mbps. There is also an option to recharge an exhausted skyMAX subscription with top ups of 1 GB priced at $1 each. skyMAX also comes with uMAX’s unlimited free night browsing offer which was introduced over a year ago.

uMAX company, Dandemutande, in 4th annual consecutive loss

Masawara’s annual results for the year ended December 2014, show that Dandemutande, a subsidiary they own, went through a 4th consecutive loss making year, posting of a loss of US $1.2 million. The loss has however improved from the $2.1 million posted in 2013. Dandemutande is the internet provider behind the uMAX and Utande brands. Dandemutande however managed to increase revenue […]

2014 in review: Highlights in Zimbabwean internet services

  2014 has been a fairly exciting year in the ISP arena, with some interesting developments from the different providers. We decided to look at some of the highlights in Zimbabwean internet services over the past 12 months. Mobile Broadband The year will probably be remembered for the introduction of OTT services. These were specifically the […]

Guaranteed ISP Happiness: It’s all about value not price as uMax competes in aggressive market

You probably have seen the ad already by now; local ISP uMax is offering a money back guarantee to new subscribers. If you sign up for their Wimax package and for whatever reason are not happy with their service they are offering, they will give you your money back. Actually this is not a new development. […]

Shift to Application & Infrastructure Hosting #ZimBroadband presentation

A presentation by Dandemutande CEO, Michele Scanlon at the 2014 Broadband Forum in Harare. She spoke about the app & infrastructure hosting and trends on he continent, hosting locally, hybrid cloud infrastructure, and what all tis means for Zimbabwe. Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or OneMoney […]

Techzim to host the Broadband Forum 2014 on the 6th of June

We are excited to announce the second edition of the Broadband Forum scheduled for the 6th of June 2014 at Cresta Lodge Harare riding on the theme “Rolling the D.I.C.E. for a connected Future.” The event is focused on creating a platform where the various stakeholders from different facets of broadband technology can identify its […]

Dandemutande appoints new CEO, Michele Scanlon

New Dandemutande CEO, Michele Scanlon. Image credit: Dandemutande Dandemutande, the company behind the uMax and Utande internet provider brands, has just announced the coming on of as new CEO, Michèle Scanlon, to take over from Russell Clinton who stepped down back 2012. Well, Scanlon actually takes over from Mike Weeden who was in the interim CEO role […]

Everything is changing again! uMAX becomes Zim’s lowest priced broadband

Not anymore. uMAX has slashed prices so much they’re now as mass market as your mobile operators. The company announced today the introduction of a monthly 20GB data bundle for just $75 which comes with the uMAX setup equipment free.

Sage Pastel cloud offering launch, the product’s details

Yesterday we attended a press briefing where and Pastel (Both the local distributor, Chips, and South Africa) and Utande announced the launch of Sage Pastel My Business. The actual launch is today so yesterday was dedicated purely to showing journos why the new accounting in the cloud, is a big deal.

Pay4App uses EcoCash for hybrid internet and mobile payment service

Remember the UZ student who developed an EcoCash internet payments proof of concept last year? Well, he’s since joined a startup that’s doing exactly that – facilitating internet payments via EcoCash.

Utande expands offering with introduction of Wi-Fi hotspots

Wi-Fi hotspots are the next best thing for internet users who don’t want to commit themselves to “on the go” mobile broadband plans like those dongles that work sometimes and not sometimes. They also serve as that crucial backup internet when your usual office or home connection (or Dongle-wanaland itself) shakes you off the network for hours and your ISP seems in a hurry to not fix it. In short, they serve a great purpose in our local connectivity ecosystem.

Utande revises internet tariffs downwards, introduces 1GB bundle

Utande, a local internet service provider, has revised its WiMAX broadband service tariffs downwards. Effective today, 1 November, the price of its 2GB data bundle has been reduced by 14% to $60. The old price of the 2G bundle was $70. The reduction comes a little under 5 months after launch of the service. Utande […]

A user’s review of the uMAX service

This review is written by someone who has used virtually every ISP in Zimbabwe since the year 2000 and has the battle scars to boot. This is not so much a technical review of the product but a user’s review of how the product delivers. This is deliberately so because at the end when all […]

Africom in aggressive network expansion

In a sign of the increasing excitement in  Zimbabwe’s Internet industry, news reaching us is that Africom is aggressively expanding their network. Africom a major player in Zimbabwe’s telecoms industry offers voice and data (fixed and mobile) products using the wireless CDMA EV-DO Revision A standard. The company whose roots are in the enterprise sector […]

An early review of the Utande uMAX service

On Tuesday (20 June 2012) I had the pleasure of an 8 O’Clock press conference with some pretty bland exec types and a Pretty cool talking animated giraffe named Max. Utande was launching their “SME and Home” Wimax service, with all the hoopla and promises we have heard from all the other ISPs when they […]

Utande launches new WIMAX broadband service

This morning Utande Internet Services (Pvt) limited, a subsidiary company of Dandemutande Investments a company in Zimbabwe’s telecommunications industry launched its broadband WIMAX service under the uMAX brand. The Financial Express notes that uMax is currently available in Harare at a 95 percent coverage rate joins other broadband internet providers-who include Africom, Econet, and Spiritage’s […]

Chips partners Utande in Software as a Service cloud offering

We just received a news release from Chips Computing that says the company has partnered Utande Internet Services (the ISP arm of Dandemutande) to offer Sage ERP X3 over the cloud. The Software as a Service application will be hosted at Utande’s new datacentre in Harare. The partnership was first unveiled at last year’s ICT […]

PowerTel, Utande and other ISPs also affected by Mozambique fibre cable outage

We reported last week that TelOne internet significantly slowed down for several days last week due to fibre cable damage in Mozambique. We’re getting updates this week, that while the problem is now fixed, it’s not just TelOne that was affected by the issue. PowerTel and Utande were affected too, and from what we gather, in a much more severe way.

Utande on the reasons broadband is expensive in Zimbabwe

Local Internet access provider (IAP), Utande, published a column titled “Techno Talk” in a local weekly last week. First, we’d like to commend them for this and we hope the column is going to be a regular one. It’s not every day that an internet provider comes out to say their view of connectivity issues, so it’s quite a welcome development.