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Econet Explains What Happened to Their Network On Monday: Something Happened In Masvingo

Econet Explains What Happened to Their Network On Monday: Something Happened In Masvingo

Media, Mobile Money, News, Security
Most of the day on Monday a lot of Econet subscribers could not make calls, send SMS messages, check their balance and worse could not use the USSD platform to perform EcoCash transactions. According to the Herald, Econet issued a statement last night explaining what happened. Well unless the Herald skimmed off the actual explanation, none was given really. None that makes sense anyway. They just told us what we went through: The Herald says: In a statement released last night, the mobile giant said the fault initially resulted in call failures in the Masvingo region only, but later escalated to a nation-wide problem following an abnormal surge in traffic, which led to instability on its key network systems. Wait, what did you say exactly? There was a nation
Zimbabwean man spent $5,000 own money putting Zimbabwe on Google Street View

Zimbabwean man spent $5,000 own money putting Zimbabwe on Google Street View

Applications, Gizmos, Media, News
Zimbabwe is too far for many people to visit, but 37-year-old Tawanda Kanhema grew up there before moving to the United States. Thanks to Kanhema, though, you’ll soon be able to play virtual tourist, thanks to his work and the magic of Google Street View, Kanhema, who left the country to study journalism and documentary film-making at the University of California, Berkeley, spent two weeks back in Zimbabwe shooting the sights and sounds of the coolest places. Areas he covered include the capital’s Harare’s central business districts, malls, a virtual tour of Victoria Falls, Christmas Pass, the city of Mutare’s main business strip as well as the Great Zimbabwe monument and the Eastern Highlands. He’s uploaded over 500 miles of coverage, including Street View images uploaded during Octobe
Zimpost Now Has An Online Store And A Virtual Post Office As They Up Digital Efforts

Zimpost Now Has An Online Store And A Virtual Post Office As They Up Digital Efforts

Applications, Media, News, Start Ups, What's Hot
Zimpost has decided to dip its toes in the eCommerce market as they have launched Zimpost Mall which they hope will become an online provider of all you need as it will be filled with different goods at some point. The postal and couriers service company now has a new online platform that provides courier services and they are calling this the Virtual Post Office. This offers a number of services you would normally have to visit the post office for. Zimpost Mall The online store is quite interesting and though it is still a work in progress it seems there will be loads of stuff to get there. Right now there are only a few sections that are stocked. There is a stationery section and this contains –you guessed it- stationery, textbooks -for Primary, Second
Kwese Failing To Pay For World Cup, Euro And NBA Rights

Kwese Failing To Pay For World Cup, Euro And NBA Rights

Media, News, What's Hot
Kwese is reportedly failing to honor its financial obligations to its partners for the media rights of the upcoming 2018 World Cup, UEFA Euro 2020, European qualifiers and the Nations League. This is according to a report by media rights lister, TV Sports Markets. The pay-television company has been on a drive to dethrone DSTV as Africa’s leading media content provider. Last year it even competed with Multichoice, DSTV’s parent company for the 2018 World broadcasting rights but ultimately they both won the rights. The TV Sports Markets’ report went on to list National Basketball Association (NBA) and ESPN as other rights holders to whom Kwese TV owes financial obligations. This setback in can be attributed to Kwese’ massive expansion in many areas ranging from sports content to mo
Kwese, Where Are The 23 Channels You Promised Us By March?

Kwese, Where Are The 23 Channels You Promised Us By March?

Media, News
Do you remember an article we wrote about Kwese promising you 23 more channels by March this year? Since then customers waited with bated breath. Kwese said that its bouquet would, as a result, start to offer 100 channels in totality adding on its current 77 channels. We have an amazing line up of new channels on their way. Some of the channels are our own innovations and they take time to complete, but we are almost there now. Well, we are disappointed to let you know that Kwese has not lived up to its word as they haven’t introduced the 23 channels. March has passed and April is approaching its end but still nothing has come. Kwese’s announcement was accompanied by so much enthusiasm such that soccer fanatics had speculated that the new batch of channels would include soccer ch
New Broadcaster To Challenge Dstv and Kwese: Meet AzamTV

New Broadcaster To Challenge Dstv and Kwese: Meet AzamTV

Entertainment, Media
It seems Zimbabwe’s Pay-Tv market may be going through a revolution of sorts. Last year, Econet Media launched Kwese TV in Zimbabwe and now the Tanzanian Bakhresa Group of Companies is bringing AzamTV to our local shores. Azam: A bit of backgorund The Bakhresa Group of Companies is owned and chaired by one of the wealthiest Tanzanians: Said Salim Bakhresa. The group of companies has dabbled their trade in food products, road transport services, and media among other things. AzamTV started broadcasting in 2013 and right now they are available in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Burundi and Uganda. They offer a bouquet of over 85 channels. It seems there is a bit of everything for everyone as channels include: BBC News, Aljeezera News, Bloomberg, MTV Base, Nickelodeon, Bollywood content, A
Econet Media (Kwese) Applies For Broadcasting Services Licences

Econet Media (Kwese) Applies For Broadcasting Services Licences

Media
You probably know by now that Kwese (Econet Media) terminated their contract with their partner Dr Dish. It was interesting news because Dr Dish has a broadcasting licence and it is that licence which Kwese was utilizing to be able to broadcast in the country. If one is to peruse the Broadcasting Services Act, one would see that Kwese was supposed to be shut down on the day they parted ways with Dr Dish. That did not happen and it was speculated that Kwese probably got some kind of permit to keep broadcasting as they work on getting their own licence. The relevant Act has no provision for such a permit though. As luck would have it for Kwese, the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) recently invited applications for licences in  ‘classes that do not require allo
Kwese Promises To Add 23 More Channels By March 2018

Kwese Promises To Add 23 More Channels By March 2018

Media
You read that right, 23 more channels are to be added to the Kwese TV bouquet in the next three months to take the grand total available to 100 channels. Kwese TV launched with about 66 channels and since that time more channels have been added bringing the grand total available in Zimbabwe to 77. Yes, it appears 11 channels have been added since launch, I count five but apparently it has been 11. We know for certain that ZBC TV was added on the 19th of November, just in time for us to witness the military takeover events. Just three days ago Kwese added four new channels, Nat Geo and FOX being two of them and I was pumped to see that. So now Kwese goes on and says 23 more quality channels are on the horizon. It’s hard not to be pumped about that. We don’t know which channels they
How social media is helping news spread faster than ever

How social media is helping news spread faster than ever

Media, Social Media
News - good or bad, true or false - has always traveled fast, but since the dawn of social media, it travels faster than ever. Here is how social media is helping news spread globally at a rapid pace. How news reaches us today Once upon a time, we had to wait for newspapers and news reports on the TV or radio to get the latest local, national and international news. Today, newsfeeds on social media pages and push notifications sent directly to both Android and iOS mobile phones keep you up-to-date on what's happening around you - with the iPhone 'Amber Alert' feature even being known to jolt their unsuspecting (many iPhone owners first learn about their phones having this feature in this way) owners awake in the middle of the night to bring them the latest news updates. What's ...
Press Release: MultiChoice Zimbabwe helping local producers ‘get on air’ with Content Summit in Bulawayo and Harare

Press Release: MultiChoice Zimbabwe helping local producers ‘get on air’ with Content Summit in Bulawayo and Harare

Media
Today, Multichoice will be hosting a content summit with the aim of encouraging local producers to create content of the required quality to be aired on DStv. MultiChoice Zimbabwe will help ensure that local film and television producers get a chance to have their work showcased on various broadcast platforms with the first Zimbabwean local content summits, to be held in Harare and Bulawayo in early December. The aim of this workshop is to attract high levels of top-quality productions from Zimbabwe for broadcast on DStv channels and they will include skills training and information sessions from various industry experts. Topics that will be covered include scripting and screenwriting, editing, directing, cinematography, set design and costume plus many other ...
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