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Will Telecel’s Ownership Issues Ever End?

Will Telecel’s Ownership Issues Ever End?

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It seems the Telecel shareholding issues will not go away. After the acquisition of Telecel by the government back in 2015 the shareholding issue had quietened down but it seems that was just the calm before the storm. Back then, the government acquired a 60% stake and it seems the remaining 40% will now be a bone of contention. What now? Back in 2015 Empowerment Corporation (EC), acquired a 40% stake from Telecel.Of the guys involved this time around, Gerald Mlotshwa’s shareholding of Telecel came about through his stake in EC. The shareholding tussles at Telecel are making headlines again as formerly self-exiled businessman James Makamba is now claiming he never sold his stake to Mlotshwa. Gerald Mlotshwa is a businessman-cum-lawyer who also happens to own a 50% stak
Netone Donates Wi-Fi Devices In Rural Areas To Increase OneMoney Customers

Netone Donates Wi-Fi Devices In Rural Areas To Increase OneMoney Customers

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Netone through OneMoney is donating wi-fi devices to councils in rural areas so that district administrators can make smooth OneMoney transactions whilst simultaneously increasing internet access to the remote areas. This comes after Netone introduced EasyCover late last month to propel the use of its mobile money platform, OneMoney. The wi-fi devices called One-Fi have already been issued to councils in Hurungwe, Mazowe, Mudzi etc. Brian Mautandiro, Netone’s Acting Chief Executive Officer alluded to the difficulties council officials are facing in order to make payments to their respective recipients hence his organization by providing the wi-fi devices seeks to alleviate councils of these challenges. District administrators have been facing challenges to make payme
Africom Introduces New Device To Help Identify Heart Problems

Africom Introduces New Device To Help Identify Heart Problems

Telecomms
Africom is launching a new health-focused ECG(Electrocardiography) Dongle, which identifies problems with the heart, such as heart disease, heart failure, and cardiomyopathy etc. The device allows one to check their heart rate from the comfort of their homes. The ECG dongle is being launched on 3rd of March in Bindura. February also happens to be Heart Disease Month. Africom says the launch of this device is part of their social mission: which is providing accessible and affordable health services through technology. Most people cannot access these services because the costs are too prohibitive, but at $45 the ECG Dongle is a great product that will keep you updated on the status of your heart. What is ECG? ECG stands for Electrocardiography and the device can:
POTRAZ Launches National Frequency Plan Which Details How Spectrum Is Used In Zimbabwe

POTRAZ Launches National Frequency Plan Which Details How Spectrum Is Used In Zimbabwe

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Back in 2013 the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) unveiled the first draft of Zimbabwe National Frequency Allocation Plan (ZNFAP). After inviting the public’s input and considering it, POTRAZ released the final document yesterday, the 30th of January 2018. The ZNFAP ‘gives guidance on how Spectrum is used in Zimbabwe, but is not in itself a full record of actual utilization.’ The Spectrum being talked about here is radio frequency spectrum, specifically the usable part of the radio spectrum which falls within 8.3kHz-3000GHz. Radio spectrum is a finite resource which is used for various radio-communication services which include cellular telephone operations and broadcast television stations. With the advent of Internet of Things
PRESS RELEASE: Africa Data Centres, Part Of Liquid Group Launches Carrier-Grade Facilities In SA

PRESS RELEASE: Africa Data Centres, Part Of Liquid Group Launches Carrier-Grade Facilities In SA

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Africa Data Centres opens newly expanded carrier-grade facilities in Johannesburg and Cape Town South Africa Data Centre (SADC) Johannesburg and SADC Cape Town will support rising demand for cloud-based services in Southern Africa Johannesburg, January 30, 2018 Africa Data Centres, part of the leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, has today launched newly-expanded data centres facilities in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. The state-of-the-art, carrier-neutral SADC Johannesburg and SADC Cape Town will provide leading cloud service providers, carriers and enterprises with additional rack space and colocation services to meet the rising demand for cloud-based services in Southern Africa. Africa Data Centres has more than doubled the size of its existing S...
It Looks Like OneFusion Has Been A Failure For NetOne

It Looks Like OneFusion Has Been A Failure For NetOne

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NetOne, the second largest mobile telecommunications company in Zimbabwe, launched OneFusion, an integrated prepaid package, in June 2016. OneFusion bundles offer some of the best value for money on the market. The comprehensive plans offer users on-net and local and international off-net voice minutes as well as SMSs. Users also get data, some of which is in the form of WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter bundles. In November 2017, NetOne launched a $3 OneFusion package to supplant the $5 package as the cheapest OneFusion package on offer. For subscribers getting 60 minutes On-Net, 10 minutes Off-Net, 250mb Data, 10 SMSs, 250mb WhatsaApp and 250mb Facebook all valid for 7 days for only $3, that’s as good as it can get. Why was OneFusion launched? What about for NetOne themselves? Has
The First 5G Trial In Africa Hits 20Gbps, 1000x Faster Than Econet’s 4G

The First 5G Trial In Africa Hits 20Gbps, 1000x Faster Than Econet’s 4G

Telecomms
MTN South Africa conducted a 5G technology and applications trial at its head office in Johannesburg in partnership with Ericsson. 5G refers to fifth generation mobile networks or wireless networks. The two companies are collaborating on the rollout of 5G technologies in South Africa. The trial, which was part of their 5G demonstration as well as being the first in Africa, was based on commercially-available baseband hardware. Some geek speak here: MTN received a temporary licence for 800MHz of spectrum in the 15GHz band to conduct its 5G trial. The test achieved a throughput (data transfer rate) of 20Gbps with a latency of less than 5 milliseconds (ms). (Latency refers to the delay before a transfer of data begins following an instruction for its transfer.) Note that it says throug...
Econet Wireless Applies To Construct Own Power Plant

Econet Wireless Applies To Construct Own Power Plant

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Mobile network operator Econet Wireless has applied to the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) to construct its own photovoltaic (solar) power plant. Zera is inviting those interested in making any presentations on the aplication to do so within 14-days. NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR AN ELECTRICITY GENERATION LICENCE • Econet Wireless (Private) Limited Electricity Act (Chapter 13:19) of 2002 Notice is hereby given that the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) has received an application from Econet Wireless (Private) limited to construct, own, operate and maintain the proposed 0.45 MW rooftop solar photovoltaic power plant at 8 Earl Road, Willowvale, Harare. The purpose of the generation facilities is for own consumption. The project will also entail connection of the pro
NetOne Signs A $71 Million Deal With Huawei

NetOne Signs A $71 Million Deal With Huawei

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NetOne has signed a deal with one of the leading tech companies in the world, Huawei Technologies International. The deal (a funding agreement to be precise) of $71 million was signed on the last day of 2017 i.e. on the 31st December. So far, NetOne has a number of times been called out for underperforming, along with Telecel, the second parastatal telecommunications company in Zimbabwe. Comparing with the private owned company Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, both parastatal telecommunications companies have been an epic fail especially in terms of revenue generation. Not only have they not performed as per expectation in mobile telephony, but they also seem to be struggling on their mobile money platforms. We will not even talk about how EcoCash has more that 90% of the market share as fa...
Telecel and NetOne A Big Let Down To Government According To Chinamasa

Telecel and NetOne A Big Let Down To Government According To Chinamasa

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From January to September 2017 the Government of Zimbabwe collected 2.6% more revenue than the targeted revenue collection. They performed better than their budgeted expectation. However parastatals and state owned enterprises were not really to thank for this performance. In his 2018 National Budget presentation Finance and Economic Planning Minister, Patrick Chinamasa revealed that government had revenue of $2.812 billion which was more than the expected $2.741 billion. However the better performance was all attributable to better collection of taxes whilst non-tax-revenue actually performed below expectation. The target non-tax revenue was $221.6 million but government only got $168.1 million. He went on to explain why tax collection had outperformed expectation. In Chinamasa’s e
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