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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.

1.8 million GB of data consumed & e-commerce boosts the post office – 5 highlights from the POTRAZ Report

Here are 5 highlights on Zimbabwean telecoms from the latest quarterly report from the regulator, POTRAZ.

Econet Wireless’ Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) declines to $6.84, the lowest since dollarisation

This number was shared in the mobile operator’s consolidated annual financial results published recently. At less than $7 this is the lowest ARPU total that Econet has recorded ever since Zimbabwe adopted a multi-currency system in 2009.

Zimbabwe’s mobile telecoms revenues down by 12% as economy & technology take toll on industry

In the first quarter of 2016, Zimbabwe’s mobile telecoms generated $167.7 million in revenue which was a 12.3% decline from the revenue earned in the last quarter of 2015.

Econet quietly introduces automatic airtime credit on *179#

All along Econet subscribers had the option to get once-off airtime credit of 30 cents, 50 cents or 75 cents payable with 7 days through regular account recharge. This has now been enhanced by the automatic airtime credit option.

Econet Zimbabwe profits down by 42% to $40 million as operator faces challenges in environment

Local mobile operator Econet Wireless is currently holding its analysts’ briefing where it has released the figures for the 2015 to 2016 financial year. Though the full briefing is yet to be released some of the highlights have been shared by analysts on Twitter and they indicate a pattern similar to the previous year’s performance […]

Latest MTN results highlight broadband growth, effects of regulation on the telecoms group

While most of the focus in the past year for MTN has been on how it is dealing with the significant fine it received in Nigeria for failing to adhere to subscriber registration regulations, this update has also highlighted the current state of African telecoms.

Econet introduces voice promotion, embraces off-peak call opportunity

This off-peak offer only kicks in when a subscriber makes a call of at least 1 minute during that period, after which the 15 minutes can be redeemed at any point for any call made to an Econet number during those hours.

Petition to save WhatsApp from regulation gains a lot of support

A South African online magazine,, has launched a petition calling on its government to reject the calls being made by the country’s mobile operators to regulate Over the Top (OTT) Services like WhatsApp and Skype.

WhatsApp and other OTT services face regulation in South Africa

South Africa’s Parliament is set to decide whether or not WhatsApp and other Over the Top(OTT) services like Skype and Viber should be regulated following concerns of “freeboarding” raised by telecoms operators.

Econet expands emergency airtime credit offer

Econet subscribers can now access 30 cents, 50 cents and 75 cents of airtime on credit by dialing the *179# USSD code. This expands on the previous offer of 50 cents airtime credit which was also available on the same extension.

Lower revenues & increasing subscribers reflected in latest POTRAZ telecoms report

Telecoms operators are experiencing a growth in subscriber numbers, but the same subscribers aren’t spending as much. That’s one way of looking at the statistics provided in the latest (Second Quarter of 2015) sector performance report from post and telecoms regulator, POTRAZ.

Hold on a minute – Econet’s free calls promo gives subscribers 60 seconds

If you’re keen on freebies from your mobile network, Econet has one for you. The mobile operator is running a promotion that offers subscribers 1 free minute between the hours of 5 am and 8 am everyday.

Econet reintroduces its voice bundles. Is this a response to WhatsApp calls?

Remember how we started off the year with a reduction in voice call tariffs and the subsequent termination of the Econet Bundles of Joy promotion? Well, those voice bundles have surfaced again. Econet made some changes to the bundles, specifically what you’ll get for each $1 that you spend. Instead of offering more minutes (I […]