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Potraz Zimbabwe Regional Peering and Interconnection Workshop Livestream: Day One

Today and tomorrow ( 12-13 November) Potraz in partnership with the African Union Commission and Internet Society of Zimbabwe is holding a peering and Interconnection workshop. The workshop will give an up to date view of the regional internet landscape. TechZim will be live streaming the event is starting at 09:30 am today. The Day […]

Zimbabwe Internet Exchange Point finally launched by POTRAZ and we are not thrilled

It has been a long time coming. The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) won a tender way back in September 2015 to build a a regional Internet Exchange Point (IXP). Originally the IXP was supposed to be established by December 2016 which became May 2017 until it finally happened in November 2017. It wasn’t all […]

14 Things We Learnt From The POTRAZ Implementation Of The National Internet Exchange Point (IXP) Meeting

Dr. Gift Kallisto Machengete, POTRAZ Director General POTRAZ hosted a National Internet Exchange Point (IXP) breakfast meeting this morning, and as someone who normally attends events just to take photos, I was thrown in the fray as not only was I the designated cameraman but had to double as the note-taker (and, is it ‘treble’?, […]

POTRAZ commits to have the “Zimbabwe Internet eXchange Association” by May 2017…

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ), who won a tender for US$200,000 in September 2015 to build a regional Internet Exchange Point has committed to establishing the Zimbabwe Internet eXchange Association (ZIXA) by the 15th of May 2017. This looks to be after their failure to meet the December 2016 deadline (POTRAZ in their defense […]

What is local content?

So after the noise with the store and the ensuing usual talk about local content one question has been tickling the nether regions of my brain. Just what the heck is local content?

Why Zimbabwe doesn’t have Google Global Cache yet

When we spoke to the Zimbabwe Internet Service Providers Association (ZISPA) chairman Troy Prinsloo some several weeks ago for the domain registration article, he mentioned that last year Google approached ZISPA with a proposal to have a Google Global Cache (GGC) in Zimbabwe. ZISPA’s response to Google, he said, was ‘no thank you’.

Domain registration in Zimbabwe: Interview with ZISPA chairman

We promised to post an interview we had with current ZISPA chairman, Troy Prinsloo, on these issues. We had it a couple of weeks ago. It’s a long interview and we had to cut out parts we felt didn’t contribute much to the subject. It still remained long so if you don’t have the time to read through all of it, here are main points discussed.