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Sasai adds useful WiFi finder to list of features

So when I browsed through, Sasai yesterday whilst working on the article for their new Moments feature – I clearly wasn’t thorough enough. In the bottom right corner is another new feature – WiFi Finder. I only came to know about this after Sasai sent a press release in relation to the new feature. WiFi […]

Google’s WiFi Initiative Crashes & Burns In SA 3 Months After Launch

Last July, we wrote about Google Station, a collaborative effort between the tech giant and network operators to launch over 100 free WiFi hotspots. When they started pitching the service to South African networks there were questions regarding the viability of the business model which would’ve been based on advertising. They launched in November in […]

Data Too Expensive? Get 5 Hours Free WiFi Per Day – Poshto

Is mobile data expensive in Zimbabwe? That’s a very difficult question to answer and it can become near political too. However, what we can confidently call fact is that mobile data is not affordable to the majority of us. Whether the MNO’s are charging fairly or even below what would be considered fair is not […]

Google Station To Bring Fast Public Wi-Fi To South Africa

You may have never heard of Google Station – an initiative which rolls out “safe” public Wi-Fi hotspots to provide partners with hardware and software support. In Africa, Google Station is already available in Nigeria with a target of 200 hotspots by the end of this year. To deploy the networks, Google is working with […]

TelOne’s $1/GB WiFi, Hammer & Tongues, Econet killing device credit, Ruzivo Digital Learning – Podcast

In this episode, we discuss the $1 for 1GB offer from TelOne and its impact on the access to broadband in Zimbabwe. We also touch on the suspension of credit sales for devices from Econet as well as the launch of Ruzivo the new e-learning platform from the operator.

TelOne launches public WiFi promo, offers 1GB for $1

TelOne, the local fixed telecoms and internet company has kicked off a new promotion for its public WiFi service, offering significant increases in data on its 3 packages.

Econet introduces international voice bundles, faces competition from broadband alternatives

Local mobile operator Econet Wireless recently introduced International Voice Bundles which offer a discount on international voice call tariffs.

The cost of internet in Zimbabwe – an overview of broadband packages

However, we are still not at a point where data service costs become an afterthought. Local internet prices are still steep, particularly for the majority of Zimbabweans who use mobile devices to go online. The absence of regulatory intervention hasn’t helped either. All the changes we’ve noticed so far are a reuslt of macro-economic forces in a tough economy.

YouTube Offline offers Zimbabweans another workaround for expensive internet

YouTube recently followed this up by opening up this YouTube Offline experience to all devices in selected African markets – South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya. The good news is that the service is now also available in Zimbabwe.

Here’s how the Innscor WiFi arrangement with ZOL & TelOne can be improved

This arrangement will likely be replicated by other internet providers and food outlets, but before that happens, there are some issues that need to be addressed by Innscor and whoever wants to try the same sort of partnership.

Telone introduces Wifi at Innscor Outlets

Telone has introduced hotspots at food outlets in partnership with Innscor. This could be a good development as it quickly multiplies Telone’s numbers and attracts traffic to Innscor outlets.

As Jo’burg plans to offer free wifi, why isn’t the City of Harare doing the same?

Joburg is looking to introduce 1,000 free wifi hotspots in the next year. That’s just one example of investment in tech from national authorities in other African countries. Why can’t the City fo Harare and other local authorities view tech as an investment centre as well?

ZOL Zimbabwe introduces Pay As You Go service with a $9 package

Internet connections in Zimbabwe are made predominantly from mobile devices, so it’s no surprise that the different internet service providers we have are tapping into that market with on-the-go solutions. ZOL is playing the same game. Besides its use of widespread WiFi hotspots that now have to be paid for, it recently introduced a Pay […]

What sort of chances does TelOne have with its Metro Wi-Fi?  

At the 2014 Broadband Forum, the conclusion was that the next frontier in broadband is retailing broadband right to the doorstep. Various ISPs made noise about FTTH promising to deliver services such as IPTV. Competition seems to be heating up with emerging solutions being rolled out including TelOne FTTH and ZOL Fibroniks. It’s even more […]

TelOne launches its $36 Fibre to the Home service along with WiFi hotspots

Yesterday we spoke about TelOne’s new corporate identity and how the telecoms operator would be launching a couple of new products at an official corporate event. The event which is being held in Harare, is far from over, but other than the new logo shown above, we have managed to glean some important details about TelOne’s […]

TelOne to launch new identity, citywide WiFi and Fibre packages tomorrow

Any 2015 conversation around ADSL technology always has the same undertone. A lot of people, learned or otherwise, think the tech belongs to the 1980s.  To be honest, in the face of rapidly changing communications standards and delivery options it’s hard to bring up colonial copper cabling solutions which just don’t sound sexy. This is […]

Check out the video of saisai’s winning pitch at DEMO Africa 2014

Recently saisai Wireless, a local startup from NUST which is working on the provision of free WiFi service participated at this year’s edition of the DEMO Africa tech startup showcase. saisai won the SWELL Innovation Award beating six other startups nominated from the 40 participants at DEMO Africa in Lagos Nigeria. The Bulawayo based team […]

Techzim Podcast: saisai, Zanu PF cards, Windows 10, EcoSchool & ZOL Startup Challenge

Here’ s this week’s edition of the Techzim Podcast. In this episode we touched on Zimbabwean startup saisai’s winning of the SWELL Award at DEMO Africa, the new Zanu PF membership/financial services card, Microsoft’s new operating system Windows 10 and the launch of Econet’s EcoSchool.  If you are a university student will you be purchasing […]

Zimbabwean startup saisai winner of the SWELL Award at DEMO Africa

According to news coming from VC4Africa’s live blog, Zimbabwean startup saisai which was representing the country at this year’s DEMO Africa Startup showcase in Nigeria has been announced as the winner of the SWELL Innovation Award. SWELL is a global innovation partnership and corporate innovation accelerator backed by some notable tech corporations. Through partnerships with talented startups […]

Interview with saisai: Zim’s DEMO Africa 2014 representatives

  In July this year we announced that a Bulawayo based startup, saisai Wireless, had been selected to be one of 40 African startup teams pitching at this year’s DEMO Africa tech talent showcase. saisai Wireless is working on the provision of free public WiFi access by utilising idle bandwidth from WiFi routers and hotspots […]

City of Harare upgrading to smart city status?

Here’s something intriguing spotted yesterday in Harare – Some construction work on some traffic lights in the CBD. It looks like there’s the installation of surveillance cameras opposite Town House. Is this phase one of transforming Harare into a smart city? While we haven’t been able to get any information from the City of Harare on […]

Econet to introduce Wi-Fi Hotpots to ease mobile broadband congestion

Econet will, in the coming weeks (or months, not easy to tell right now) be launching WiFi hotpots in a bid to ease congestion on the regular mobile broadband networks that use GPRS, Edge and 3G. We were tipped to this development by some subscribers to the network who told us they received calls from Econet inviting […]