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Netone Pledges $50K To Cyclone Idai Fund- Here’s Also How To Make Your Own Donation Using OneMoney

Netone Pledges $50K To Cyclone Idai Fund- Here’s Also How To Make Your Own Donation Using OneMoney

Breaking News, News, Telecomms
Thanks Netone Netone is another Mobile Network Operator that has decided to set up a relief fund for the Cyclone Idai disaster. Netone has led the way by pledging $50 000 for the purchase of food to provide to those areas heavily affected by the cyclone. You can make a donation to the fund using Netone’s mobile money platform, OneMoney. --techzim

ZOL Says Prices Have Not Changed, Mangudya And Mathematics Say ZOL Prices Have Increased

News, Telecomms
Today ZOL had the most interesting announcement of a price increase ever. Their announcement started thus: Dear valued ZOL customer Zol is excited to announce the increase of data to all capped packages as of 1 April 2019. This effectively decreases the price of data per GB. ZOL understands that data is crucial to you and believes that this will enable you to get the best out of your usage and gain even more value. The actual announcement of the price increase came later as a ‘by the way.’ We would also like to advise you of a price alignment which will take effect from 1 April… They go on to explain that this is not an increase in prices but just an adjustment to reflect the recently announced monetary policy which introduced the RTGS$. ZOL then explicitly sai

ZOL Connect Nominated For Best Online Media Award @ NAMAs

Social Media, Telecomms
When National Arts Council of Zimbabwe announces the nominees for the NAMA (National Arts Merit Awards) awards we rarely have tech stalwarts on that list but ZOL’s marketing crew has made sure that in 2019 they are in the running for the Best Online Media award to be handed out on the 23rd of March. Let’s talk about ZOL Connect for a second I’m not sure if you’ve heard about ZOL Connect but it’s a weekly show that ZOL hosts on their Facebook page and it’s actually quite interesting. They have discussions with guests in different fields. There were two episodes I remember vividly, the one on drones and then a separate episode on gaming. One of the earlier epsiodes of ZOL Connect also explained how throttling works. From my explanation, you would assume that th
Econet Adjusts Tariffs For Roaming And International Calling To Reflect USD:RTGS Interbank Exchange Rate

Econet Adjusts Tariffs For Roaming And International Calling To Reflect USD:RTGS Interbank Exchange Rate

Telecomms
Econet has announced an adjustment on tariffs for roaming and international calling services. According to their statement, this is not a tariff change per se but rather a recognition that the official exchange rate between the money we are using here in Zimbabwe and the US dollar is no longer 1:1. International calling and roaming services have a direct foreign currency cost consequence so it’s a no brainer Econet is doing this. Their rival, Telecel had long introduced some hoops and lops for people who want to roam to jump through. Econet said effective today, what customers pays for these services will reflect the prevailing interbank currency exchange rates prevailing at that particular time. That sounds like their pricing will be dynamic and fluctuating according to the rate. F
Forex Shortages Cause Roaming Friction For Telecel Customers

Forex Shortages Cause Roaming Friction For Telecel Customers

Telecomms
If you are one of those people who really still use calls to do business and do a lot of travelling then roaming is something you really consider to be important. If like me you use WhatsApp as a primary means of communication then you do not have to go throw the pains of activating and using roaming. Roaming is famous for being expensive with customers charged bucket loads of money per each minute they spend using their roaming services. For Telecel customers, however, there is another problem. If you want to activate roaming you have to get in touch with Telecel themselves and specifically ask for them to activate roaming on your line. You cannot just punch a code in just as you are about to cross the border. We imagine there is some bureaucracy involved now and we think we know wh...
Liquid Telecom To Host Azure Backup Webinar

Liquid Telecom To Host Azure Backup Webinar

Telecomms
Cloud computing is all the rage these days and if you follow tech news in Zimbabwe avidly, you’ll know that Liquid Telecom and Microsoft have been in partnership since 2017. This partnership allows Liquid Telecom to sell Microsoft Cloud Solutions to interested parties. This same partnership also yielded the great initiative that saw Liquid Telecom giving 15 startups and 100 developers $250/month to join Azure. Clearly, the partnership has been bearing fruit for a while now and Liquid Telecom’s recent announcement suggests that will remain the case, as they will be hosting an Azure Back Up Webinar next Tuesday. The webinar will start at 1:30 PM-2 2:30-3:00 PM and will touch on the importance of using a service like Azure backup. This is the service you can use to back up (or protect) and
Kazembe Appoints New NetOne Board

Kazembe Appoints New NetOne Board

Telecomms
Minister of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services Honourable Kazembe Kazembe has appointed the new NetOne board members replacing the recently dismissed one. Addressing the press at the ministry offices, in the capital today, Hon Kazembe said the ministry’s primary focus on appointing the board was on corporate governance to turn around the entity. Watch the Announcement below “The new board is expected to set values for the organisation, ensure wider impacts even to the non-listed sector and to act in the best interest of the organization and all its stakeholders including the government by facilitating effective and prudent management that can deliver the term success of NetOne,” he said. The new board chairman is James Prince Mutizwa and his deputis
Liquid Telecom to Establish Multi-Billion Rand 4G Network in South Africa

Liquid Telecom to Establish Multi-Billion Rand 4G Network in South Africa

Telecomms
Liquid Telecom South Africa, part of the leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, today announced that it will establish a multi-billion Rand 4G network in South Africa. From early 2019, wholesale roaming services will be made available across Liquid Telecom’s network nationwide. According to Liquid Telecom South Africa CEO, Reshaad Sha: “This is an exciting development which will enable us to provide Mobile Network Operators and ISPs with open access to our mobile 4G network. Using our 1800MHz spectrum, the network will handle 4G mobile data traffic to meet the needs of the most demanding users across the country.” Liquid Telecom, which acquired Neotel from Tata Communications in February 2017, has been investing heavily across the continent where it operates Africa’s larg
Zim start-ups to ride on telcos’ platforms

Zim start-ups to ride on telcos’ platforms

Start Ups, Telecomms
Six tech start-ups selected to benefit from the ICT Innovation Drive funding platform launched in Zimbabwe on Wednesday will have their innovations accessible on platforms run by the country's three mobile firms. Telecel, NetOne and Econet Wireless will provide a market gateway through downloads and access for the innovations, according to the country's ICT ministry. The six innovations selected to access funding under the drive include Oyos Music, Purpose Science, Native Project, Shift Organic Technologies, Red Pen and Afrimom. "The successful innovations will sit on their platforms and be downloaded from their (telecom companies) platforms," said Zimbabwe's ICT Minister Supa Mandiwanzira. He also explained that the country's three main telcos will contribute about 1% of their r...
Netone’s Currently Suspended CEO Court Application Dismissed As Not Urgent By High Court, A Somewhat Blow For Him

Netone’s Currently Suspended CEO Court Application Dismissed As Not Urgent By High Court, A Somewhat Blow For Him

Telecomms
Two weeks ago Netone’s currently suspended CEO, Lazarus Muchenje filed an urgent chamber application seeking to revoke the decision by Netone’s Board of unilaterally renewing contracts of nine executives. But the Registrar of the High Court has declared the court application as not urgent. What does it mean? When an applicant files urgent chamber application they instruct an advocate/attorney to lodge an urgent application in court. A court officer will review an applicant’s file as quickly as possible after filing and will ask a judge to decide whether a situation will be treated as an emergency. If an applicant’s situation is treated as an emergency by the court, this means that they may get a court date more quickly than in other normal, (or ‘non-emergency’) situations, wh
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