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NetOne reinstates Muchenje as CEO

NetOne reinstates Muchenje as CEO

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NetOne Cellular has reportedly reinstated its chief executive Lazarus Muchenje with immediate effect after withdrawing charges against him that bordered on incompetence. People close to the matter said the country’s second largest mobile phone company also withdrew a Supreme Court appeal challenging interim relief granted by the High Court stopping hearing proceedings against Muchenje. Reasons for his reinstatement could not be immediately established yesterday. Muchenje was expected to appear before Retired Justice Moses Chinhengo to answer to several charges including incompetence, theft, habitual and substantial neglect of his duties as the CEO of NetOne in March this year. He was suspended on February 20, alongside acting chief finance officer Tinashe Severa. Muchenje
Econet is down!

Econet is down!

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Econet is down countrywide, according to ZimLive the outage happened as early as 5pm this afternoon. This outage is affecting calls, mobile data, and airtime purchases. ZimLive also tweeted a response they got from Econet regarding the nationwide outage “We are currently experiencing a technical challenge on our core network switch, which has affected voice and data service delivery across many parts of our network. Our engineers have identified and isolated the problems, and are busy working to resolve the issue.” NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS To our Valued Customers We regret to inform you that we are currently experiencing a technical challenge on our core network switch, which has affected voice and data service delivery across many parts of our network. Our engineers h
BREAKING NEWS: Government Bans EcoCash, ALL Mobile Money Services

BREAKING NEWS: Government Bans EcoCash, ALL Mobile Money Services

FinTech, Mobile Money, News, Telecomms
  In a stunning development, the government has banned EcoCash and all mobile money services. President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government has suspended all mobile money platforms with immediate effect in an effort to stop the collapse of the Zimbabwe Dollar and to limit the effect of the black market.   This was announced in a press statement which was released issued by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Nick Mangwana on Friday night.  iHarare is publishing the full statement in its entirety below, Government has, with immediate effect, undertaken a series of prudent and coordinated interventions to deal with malpractices, criminality and economic sabotage perpetrated by the “wolves in sheep skins am
Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission Eyes Another NetOne Director

Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission Eyes Another NetOne Director

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The Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission is reportedly looking into Non-Executive Director Rangarirai Mathias Mavhunga. The inquiry stems from Mr Mavhunga not disclosing his personal interest to his principal in a transaction between FMC Holdings and NetOne. The case facing Mr Mavhunga In a report by the Business Times, information showed that in 2019 NetOne and FMC had an agreement for Value Added Services. Without the disclosure of his personal interest in FMC, The Zimbabwe Republic Police Anti-Corruption Unit opened a case against Mr Mavhunga outlined in Section 173 (1) (a)(ii) of the Criminal Law and Codification and Reform Act under Harare Central 57/05/2020. “When the agreement was entered between the two parties, the accused did not disclose to NetOne Cellular board his involv
Kenya’s Safaricom And Google Join Forces To launch Affordable YouTube Bundle.

Kenya’s Safaricom And Google Join Forces To launch Affordable YouTube Bundle.

Applications, Social Media, Telecomms
Safaricom and Google have join forces to combine their data capabilities to launch an affordable YouTube bundle for Kenyans. In an effort to increase the exposure of their customers during this lockdown period. Safaricom through its partnership with Google introduced the KES 10 Bundle. What is the KES 10 Bundle? “The new daily bundle, which will be free on the first day for first-time subscribers, will offer 80MBs for use on YouTube, which is equivalent to up to 30 minutes of standard definition streaming and up to an hour of low definition streaming.” Safaricom. KES 10 Bundle started on the 15th of May and it ends on the 19th of August. “Through this proposition, we want to leverage our extensive 4G coverage to ensure that customers who could not previously enjoy the power
Zambia seeks new mobile operator

Zambia seeks new mobile operator

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LUSAKA. — Zambia is looking for a new mobile-network operator to compete with existing providers after a company part-owned by Angolan billionaire Isabel dos Santos failed to set up operations as planned, Transport and Communications permanent secretary Misheck Lungu said. Zambia’s telecommunications regulator awarded UZI Zambia, the local unit of Unitel International Holdings, the licence in March 2018, and the company was given until May to set up the country’s fourth mobile-network operator. “We respect the rule of law and that’s why we followed the tender process to the letter,” Lungu said yesterday in comments broadcast on privately owned Lusaka-based Hot FM radio. “Now that UZI has not come, we are going back to plan.” The new operator will compete with providers includ
POTRAZ Gives Mobile Operators Additional Spectrum For The Rest Of 2020: Internet Use Has Ballooned

POTRAZ Gives Mobile Operators Additional Spectrum For The Rest Of 2020: Internet Use Has Ballooned

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The Director General of POTRAZ has announced that movie network operators will be allowed to access additional 3G and 4G frequencies at no cost. Radio spectrum is a finite resource which is used for various radio-communication services which include cellular telephone operations and broadcast television stations. During the Covid-19, Potraz will be assigning additional 3G (Third Generation Network) and LTE (Long Term Evolution) spectrum for free to cater for additional data demand. The authority has granted the spectrum up to December 2020 to three mobile operators to enable them to increase the capacity of their data offering advertisement Whilst data released by POTRAZ earlier in the year showed that internet usage was actually on the decline, COVID-19 has f

Fake links between 5G and COVID-19 condemned

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JOHANNESBURG – GOVERNMENTS and experts have allayed fears among the general public following the proliferation of fake news linking fifth generation (5G) mobile technology to the raging coronavirus outbreak around the world. The clarification follows arson attacks on infrastructure and abuse of network engineers in a European country. This was apparently inspired by social media posts falsely claiming the correlation. There is also some speculation in Africa around the purported link. Experts demystified the notion during a webinar by the National Electronics Media Institute of South Africa, Department of Communications and Digital Technologies, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), University of Western Cape and Huawei. “There is no scientific evidence pr

Vodacom CEO donates salary to COVID-19 response

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JOHANNESBURG – AN executive in the telecommunications industry has pledged to donate a third of his salary to complement government efforts to counter the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in South Africa. Shameel Joosub, the Group Chief Executive Officer of Vodacom, made the pledge towards the Solidarity Fund for the next three months. The fund enables individuals and organisations to contribute to the detection and prevention of COVID-19, to provide care for those that need medical care and to support those whose lives have been disrupted by the health crisis. Joosub’s commitment is an endorsement of the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa that he and his cabinet would for the next three months take a one-third salary cut. “I, too, will heed the presid

Is Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Preparing a Successor

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Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has recently createda nonexistent vacant post of deputy CEO, the highest post ever, except that it deputizes the CEO to safely find a new role for Mr. Roy Chimanikare. The company in its 2 decades of existence had never had this post and of course, for whatever reason, they found it in their wisdom to introduce this new post, but as always #MondayBlues would like to think otherwise. Econet Wireless has had Mr Mboweni as their one and only successful chief Executive since formation, and the company has not known any other chief executive while it has greatly grown in leaps and bounds, creating Cassava Fintech, a separate entity that is now listed and doing very well in the market. Maybe for Mr Mboweni, he has seen it all, done it all and now needs to