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ZERO DATA: Techzim is now free, no data needed!!

Now you can access Techzim even when you don’t have data. For now, this is only possible on the Econet network but we hope to extend this to NetOne and Telecel in the near future. Important to note If you have a general mobile data bundle, accessing Techzim will use that bundle first. This is […]


Zero data costs for Stanbic bank platforms, zero rating first

Stanbic Bank has today announced that their customers who use Econet to access internet services will not be charged to access the bank’s mobile app and other platforms. The services are now zero rated on the Econet network. The bank will be paying for the connectivity costs associated with usage of their platforms. Stanbic Bank […]


Why Econet Should NOT Be Allowed To Create A Vaya Bundle Or Zero Rate Vaya

Some folks have been calling for a Vaya bundle or for Vaya to be zero rated. The drivers mostly were calling for this. This is water that has to be treaded carefully. Lets’s start by clarifying a misconception: Nothing wrong with monopoly or dominance There is a misconception that exists out there. A lot of […]


What’s All This Fuss About Net Neutrality And What Does The US Ruling Mean For Us

Have you been seeing all the talk about net neutrality all over the internet and wondering what it is all about? Yes? Then you have come to the right place. I would strongly suggest you read a previous article we published on the issue first. Click here. Net neutrality has been topical because the FCC […]


Bundles, Zero-rating and Net Neutrality in Zimbabwe’s #BroadbandEconomy. A critical issue unprioritised

One of the key issues discussed at Techzim’s just ended Broadband Economy Conference was that of Bundles for third party sites & apps, Zero rating and net neutrality. After a net neutrality discussion at previous Broadband Economy Conference had established that the telecoms regulator, POTRAZ, didn’t consider net neutrality a critical issue, we decided this […]


Traffic to Ownai, Econet’s classifieds site, possibly dropped 67% in the last 2 months

After an initial surge in traffic when it launched last year, Econet’s classifieds property, Ownai, might be experiencing a sharp downturn in visits to the site. A look at the site’s estimate traffic shows the site has dropped about 67% in visits since December 2015.


Classifieds CEO: Ownai zero-rating could present a challenge, but we’re in a good position to combat it

Some aspects of their offering which leverage their incumbency as Zim’s largest MNO could present a challenge for us. However, additional experience, technology and marketing from OAM put us in a good position to combat that.


A practical proposal for zero rating & net neutrality that operators may actually love

Steve Song, suggests that we explore treating connectivity to the internet the same way we treat connectivity to the phone network – that is we let everyone be part of the network at a very basic low connection speed like 2G