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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
Masiyiwa inks Cape to Cairo fibre network deal

Masiyiwa inks Cape to Cairo fibre network deal

Telecomms
CAIRO — Telecom Egypt has signed a memorandum of understanding with Liquid Telecom to enable the pan-African group to complete Africa’s terrestrial fibre network stretching across the African continent, the companies said on Saturday. Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Strive Masiyiwa’s Econet Wireless Global, has been building a fibre network across southern Africa covering Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It also has a presence in Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda. “Liquid Telecom will link its network from Sudan into Telecom Egypt’s network via a new cross-border interconnection – bringing together a 60 000 km network that runs from Cape Town, through all the Southern, Central and Eastern African countries, and has now reached the borde
Mobile Penetration Rate Drops By Almost A Fifth: No Need To Panic

Mobile Penetration Rate Drops By Almost A Fifth: No Need To Panic

Telecomms
Going through the POTRAZ telecoms sector report for the first quarter of 2018 was quite interesting. One can’t help but think we are on a downward trajectory when they notice that mobile penetration has fallen by an alarming 16.8%. Even though that’s almost a fifth, this drop isn’t as big a deal in the “how many Zimbabweans have phones?“, debate. At the end of 2017 the mobile penetration rate was at 102.7% and after the first three months of this year, that number now lies at 84.6%. Though this number is concerning I think it’s also a reflection of other events in the telecommunications industry and overall it should not be a cause for sleepless nights for the regulator or anyone observing the industry. Initially, before I discovered that mobile penetration rate is not necessarily re
Netone Sues Afrosoft For Using Their SMS Platform Without Permission

Netone Sues Afrosoft For Using Their SMS Platform Without Permission

News, Telecomms, What's Hot
Netone is at loggerheads with AfroSoft Corporation (AfoSoft), prompting the state-owned Mobile Network Operator to sue Afrosoft demanding a staggering $11 million. Afrosoft Holdings is a Zimbabwean software development and IT solutions firm. Here is their tale Nine years ago (2009) Netone signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Afrosoft to develop products for their mutual benefit. However, Afrosoft supposedly took advantage of the MOU and arbitrarily started to offer SMS services to Netone’s customer with “no agreement on this provision”. Afrosoft is alleged to have sent 203 775 129 between June 1, 2015, and January 31, 2018. And these SMSes are being valued at $0.055 each inclusive of value-added tax. Doing the math there and multiplying 203775129 by $0.055 brings the value of the
NetOne Announces New Tarrifs For Out Of Bundle Browsing And USSD Sessions

NetOne Announces New Tarrifs For Out Of Bundle Browsing And USSD Sessions

Telecomms
POTRAZ announced some reductions to the thresholds for Out Of Bundle browsing and USSD per session costs a few weeks ago. Both tarrifs were reduced from 12.5c to 5c excluding all taxes. NetOne has now announced the new tarrifs inclusive of tax: NetOne Tarrifs USD New Tarrif exc taxes USD New Tarrif inc taxes Data (Out of bundle) per MB 0.05 0.06 USSD Per Session 0.05 0.06 NetOne users have reason to be happy… Econet is the only network that offers their subscribers an option to enable or disable out of bundle browsing. When out-of-bundle browsing is disabled subscribers cannot access any internet services unless they have purchased a data bundle and this is vital because it ensures that you can rest easy knowing that airtime you have in your phone for calls will not be consumed o
Will Wallet-To-Wallet Transfers Really Change The Fortunes Of OneMoney And Telecash?

Will Wallet-To-Wallet Transfers Really Change The Fortunes Of OneMoney And Telecash?

FinTech, Telecomms
It is no secret that the government is not too chuffed about EcoCash’s dominance in Zimbabwe. The minister of ICT, Supa Mandiwanzira is on record multiple times saying as much. The fact that the government has two products of its own in direct competition with EcoCash and yet combine to command a pitiful 2% market share makes it harder to swallow. EcoCash came out swinging and has an extensive agent and merchant network to show for it. Network effects then made it so that Netone’s OneMoney and Telecel’s telecash cannot compete. The government decided to use its unfettered powers to even the playing field. How did OneMoney and telecash fall behind? It is true that EcoCash is too dominant but that is because of the misplaced priorities and lack of foresight from the competition. We foun
James Makamba Not Out, Says He Didn’t Resign From Telecel

James Makamba Not Out, Says He Didn’t Resign From Telecel

Telecomms, What's Hot
Earlier today we reported that the Telecel power struggle seemed to have come to a halt. The news was initially reported on The Times (a South African publication). James Makamba -through his lawyers- has denied that there have been any changes to the ownership structures. Makamba’s lawyers sent out an email to media houses disputing the claims that there has been a takeover: ALL MEDIA HOUSE PRINT AND ELECTRONIC MEDIA advertisement HARARE Dear Sirs, RE: STATEMENT OF FACTUAL POSITION We have been instructed by Dr. James Makamba our client and owner of investment vehicle known as Kestrel Corporation (Private) Limited to correct certain factual inaccuracies in media reports which claim that an Extra Ordinary General Meeting was held on the 7th of June 2018 at 8:30am at Telec
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