Deliver us from the spammers.
So naturally we do write a lot of articles about internet connectivity issues here at TechZim. I mean it comes with the territory as in today’s world the internet has become synonymous with technology. Because we are consumers, just like most of our readers, most of our articles tend to be written from their point […]
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 […]
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 […]
Big Zimbabwean internet provider, Dandemutande, suffers major outage. Zimbabwe’s .co.zw addresses momentarily rendered unavailable
Techzim is reliably informed that Dandemutande, one of the internet access providers in Zimbabwe, has suffered a major outage rendering some of its key services unavailable. The company was hit by a major power outage at one of its data centers in Harare on the morning of Thursday 26 October 2017. The outage apparently resulted in […]
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Remember the Internet Exchange Point (IXP) discussion from about a year ago? Well, looks like we may be making some headway now. We’re at a regulator (POTRAZ) organised event in Harare today where the implementation of the Exchange is being discussion. If you wondering what an Internet Exchange is, it’s a physical place (usually a room with machines and cable […]
You might have read already that the ZISPA website is down. ZISPA is the custodian of Zimbabwe’s .co.zw domains and until recently when registrars started to offer it, their website was the only platform you could check a .co.zw domain’s availability on. Now, registrars such as Webdev, Webnames, and Name now offer domain availability checking. The ZISPA website going […]
The market for domain registration has however been growing and ZISPA hasn’t been the only player in that field. In fact, part of its shortcomings have actually inspired new entrants over the past few years. Providers like name.co.zw and webnames.co.zw have entered the fray, providing assistance to people frustrated with delays in verifying domain availability and multiple registrations.
According to Ndlovu, since December 2015, they have been working on an improved platform with a revamped user interface and better user experience. The new ZISPA site is expected to be ready in early February and the ZISPA team is hoping that it can deliver convenience that matches the changes in the way people access domain registration services.
Here’s a service provider that some of you might have come across recently – webnames.co.zw. The company is offering online domain registration with local domains going for $5 a year. This is the same service that startup name.co.zw, has been offering along with a domain checker facility. The two competing services provide a solution to […]
If you’re reading this, chances are you are part of the curious and entrepreneurially ambitious lot that every now and again checks for available local domain names on the ZISPA website. And if you did so over the past couple of days, you we probably frustrated to find the site was down. It’s not just […]
One of the best things to happen in the local internet ecosystem last year was name.co.zw. They solved a painful problem, in a very simple, standard way. Domain registration done online exists already in every country with self respecting techies, but it didn’t in Zimbabwe, hence the gratitude. So anyway, for the first time, Zimbabweans […]
If you tried to search for a local domain on the ZISPA website today, you were probably met with an error or, in the case of the website’s home page, a listing of the website’s archived versions. The website has, for some reason we don’t know yet, been taken down. It could be a update […]
The difficult process of registering local domains in Zimbabwe is something we have written about extensively here on Techzim. It’s something we feel passionate about for the simple reason that allowing people to easily register local domains easily means more people can try more stuff online easily. Imagine therefore our delight finding out a team […]
Why don’t we link the domains to mobile phone numbers?
We’ve spoken to the Zimbabwe Internet Service Providers Association (ZISPA) about the difficulties of registering a .co.zw domain name. In an interview, Troy Prinsloo the current ZISPA chairman explained to us that they are working to address one of the main problems with domain registration in Zimbabwe, which is that it takes too long. Two to three days, even more sometimes.
Speaking to the many tech entrepreneurs we meet locally, they all tell you they prefer registering .com domains over .co.zw. It is way easier, cheaper and faster the argument goes. “Why do I need to wait a couple of days just to get a domain registered?” is the question that follows.
One of the main drivers of local content is local people being able to easily register a domain in the .zw space. Being able to find information on how to do this, being able to easily contact a registrar and get a domain registered without difficulty, and being able to proceed with the task of creating and making information available. This process is not straightforward locally.
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’.
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.
The need to have local Zimbabwean content on the internet has been widely discussed. The main idea being that the internet will become more relevant to locals if it has content people have traditionally consumed on platforms like TV, radio, newspapers, books and so forth.
For some strange reason, after generously spending advertising dollars on the launch of its new broadband product called Dotmore, TelOne forgot to register the ‘dotmore.co.zw’ domain.