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Internet companies at the risk of having their licences revoked for yesterday’s outage.

Internet companies at the risk of having their licences revoked for yesterday’s outage.

Telecomms
If you use the internet much, no doubt you were affected by yesterday’s huge internet outage. If you didn’t experience it like most if not all Telecel users then at least you somehow heard or read about it. Also, if your dealings were/are local, Telecel user or not, then you were still negatively impacted since most internet dependent services were unavailable as well, so were some of your friends anyway… Why this massive internet outage? Techzim wrote about it here, but in summary the outage resulted from accidental breakages on both Liquid and TelOne’s main fibre lines. Not to say that Liquid and TelOne share their main fibre lines, no. Liquid’s main fibre line was cut by a tractor in South Africa while TelOne’s was cut locally by a city council worker in Kuwadzana. So both these m
NetOne, PowerTel And Telecel Hold Their Own During Zimbabwe Internet Outage…

NetOne, PowerTel And Telecel Hold Their Own During Zimbabwe Internet Outage…

Telecomms, What's Hot
Earlier today Zimbabweans struggled to access the internet after Liquid Telecoms Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe’s biggest Internet Access Provider, lost connectivity, thus causing people to relive what seems like life in the 1990’s. Techzim was affected largely due to our primary link being ZOL, an Econet Wireless Zimbabwe subsidiary, however, we managed to trudge along with the help and support of NetOne and Telecel. NetOne briefly lost connectivity for about an hour during the day, while information Techzim has is that NetOne, who recently started channelling data traffic through Liquid, probably switched to Dandemutande as their backup link, allowing their users to continue surfing, albeit, we received a report that users were accessing 2G on their mobile devices in areas like Waterfalls, Har
Communications regulator lobbying for data to last for 3 years in South Africa

Communications regulator lobbying for data to last for 3 years in South Africa

Telecomms
So it seems South Africa is much more serious about their #DataMustFall campaign than I thought. Just read an article on MyBroadband on how Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is lobbing for all licensed Mobile Network Operators in SA to have data bundles which have a minimum expiry period of 3 years. 3 years! Imagine having to buy data bundles today and then only needing to reload them in 2020. Of course there’s the aspect of depleting them before the expiry date but to me that’s minor. Given a choice between two packages, my key make or break factor is often the period each is valid for than the quantity of data being offered. Well yes, that’s a good deal but we forgetting the ecosystem is incomplete without the supplier, in
Powertel unveils vehicle tracking, fleet management solutions

Powertel unveils vehicle tracking, fleet management solutions

Security, Telecomms
POWERTEL Communications has launched a state-of-the-art communication solution for vehicle tracking and fleet management under its broad product category of Internet of Things (IOT). The new innovation – PowerTrack – offers the full fleet management package ideal for use by administration managers with a large pool of vehicles to monitor in their organisations. Powertel marketing manager Prosper Mutswiri said of the innovation: “We have full confidence of the PowerTrack Fleet Management solution in providing visibility of your vehicles anywhere in Zimbabwe and beyond the border into the region. It is a must-have solution as it offers any business a plethora of benefits including reduced operating cost through real-time monitoring, fuel management and driver behaviour monitoring, geo-
Mobile phone penetration hits 95%

Mobile phone penetration hits 95%

Telecomms
Information Communication Technology and Courier Services minister Supa Mandiwanzira has revealed that the country’s mobile phone penetration had hit the 95% mark, with almost all citizens now owning a mobile phone. Addressing journalists in Mutare on Sunday, Mandiwanzira said Cabinet had already approved a project to erect an additional 650 telecommunication towers in remote areas using resources from the Universal Services Fund. “I think it is important first to give a picture where we are going in terms of mobile penetration. We are sitting just below 95%, that means almost everyone in Zimbabwe owns a mobile phone,” he said. The Zanu PF Nyanga South MP added: “But the statistics might be misleading because a number of people have two or three mobile lines each. When statistics
Strive Masiyiwa Changes Tactics As He Seeks To List Econet Global

Strive Masiyiwa Changes Tactics As He Seeks To List Econet Global

Breaking News, Telecomms, What's Hot
We recently learnt that Econet Global is looking to list on the London Stock Exchange with an $8 billion valuation. It comes as a bit of a surprise really, not because it doesn’t make business sense, because it does. It is surprising because of the comments Strive Masiyiwa made about listing in the past. Back in 2015 the Econet group faced with repeated multi billion dollar offers for Liquid Telecom decided they were going to pursue a separate listing of Liquid Telecom on a European Stock Exchange in 2016. That listing did not come to fruition. However when the group was considering that separate listing of Liquid, Strive Masiyiwa, the group chairman made it clear that he preferred the listing of subsidiary companies rather than that of his privately owned Econet G
NetOne Social Media Bundle Prices Increase

NetOne Social Media Bundle Prices Increase

Social Media, Telecomms
State Owned Enterprises, African telecoms, Zimbabwean mobile operators, Seems NetOne did more than just introduce the $3 OneFusion package over the weekend. They also revised their social media packages. The new NetOne social media packages are as follows: 30MB valid for 24hours cost $0.30 (compared to the initial price of $0.27 for 27MB) 100MB valid for 7 days cost $1.00 (compared to the initial price of $0.87 for 80MB) 280MB valid for 30days cost $3.00 (compared to the initial price of $2.80 for 225MB) By the way, unlike on other Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) i.e. Econet and Telecel which have set different prices for each of the different social media networks offered, NetOne uniformly prices them. All three social networks offered i.e. Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter c...
NetOne reduces tariffs

NetOne reduces tariffs

Telecomms
State-owned mobile telecommunications firm, NetOne, has reduced tariffs for its OneFusion package as a response to the growing calls by subscribers for affordable data tariffs in line with regional trends. Zimbabwe is ranked among the most expensive countries in terms of data tariffs with 1 gigabyte costing around $30 compared to regional average of $7. POTRAZ has announced that it is working on introducing regulatory interventions that would drive down internet prices.--b24
Econet Revenues and Profits For 2017 The Lowest In Five Years And Fell For Third Year Running

Econet Revenues and Profits For 2017 The Lowest In Five Years And Fell For Third Year Running

Telecomms
If you needed further proof that the Zimbabwean economy is harsh, well, here it is. Not only is Econet announcing their lowest profits in 5 years, those revenues and profits have been falling for three years running. The last time there was growth in revenue and profits was in 2014. In an economy where most companies are struggling to the point of posting losses and failing to pay employees, Econet is doing quite well. Considering the challenging operating and economic environment the fall in revenues is not too alarming and the decline was not too excessive. What challenges? This year was particularly difficult with the cash crisis impacting all businesses across sectors. The Zimbabwean government faced with fewer businesses to collect taxes from has been introducing new taxes to...
Zimbabwe Internet Exchange Point finally launched by POTRAZ and we are not thrilled

Zimbabwe Internet Exchange Point finally launched by POTRAZ and we are not thrilled

Telecomms
It has been a long time coming. The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) won a tender way back in September 2015 to build a a regional Internet Exchange Point (IXP). Originally the IXP was supposed to be established by December 2016 which became May 2017 until it finally happened in November 2017. It wasn’t all POTRAZ’s fault that the project got delayed as they say funding was delayed. So the new IXP being called the Zimbabwe Internet Exchange (ZIX) was launched on the 7th of November. advertisement What is an Internet Exchange Point? It is a physical network access point through which major network providers connect their networks and exchange traffic. This allows network interconnection through the exchange access point instead of third-
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