Category Archives: Technology

Econet, minister trade blows over Zim data tariff hikes

HARARE – Zimbabwe’s biggest telecoms company by subscriber numbers has literally taken the war to the communications minister as the data tariffs saga takes a nasty turn. Econet has accused ICT Minister Supa Mandiwanzira of “inconstitency and duplicity”, at the same time urging the government to “move decisively against the capture of this all-important industry by an individual [Mandiwanzira]”. “Since

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Speculation over whether overheating phone caused fire that brought down EgyptAir flight MS804

French authorities investigating the EgyptAir crash that killed 66 people are said to be looking into whether the plane was brought down by an overheating phone battery. According to Le Parisian, a source within the investigation told the French newspaper that the fire in the cockpit of the Airbus A320 may have started where the co-pilot stowed his iPad and

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ICT Minister Supa Mandiwanzira backs off from data tariff increases

The Minister of ICT, Supa Mandiwanzira has just issued a statement announcing the suspension of tariff increases on mobile data. The suspension follows a major outcry from consumers following an activation of floor prices on mobile data bundles. POTRAZ, the country’s telecoms regulator issued a directive to all mobile operatorsto charge at least 2 cents per MB on data and 12

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Outrage over mobile data tariffs hike

HARARE – Zimbabwe’s telecoms regulator has come under fire for hiking mobile data tariffs by over 100 percent, making access to Internet and social media unaffordable for most citizens. By Gift Phiri Stakeholders described the move as “digital terrorism” and called on the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (Potraz) to reverse it to conduct further consultations. Yesterday, Potraz announced that

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Facebook launches project to improve ties with news media

Facebook Inc launched its “Journalism Project” on Wednesday, as the world’s biggest social media network looks to deepen its relationship with news organizations. The launch comes less than a week after the company said it was hiring former CNN reporter, anchor and host Campbell Brown to lead its news partnerships team. As part of the new project, Facebook said on

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Econet hikes data charges

Zimbabwe’s mobile network operator Econet Wireless has increased its data charges in line with the floor prices set by the regulator. Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (POTRAZ) set the floor price for data at 2 cents per megabyte (MB) while traditional voice service at 12 cents per minute with effect from 9 January. The regulator urged operators to review their

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Why Africa is ‘crucial’ to Huawei’s smartphone ambitions

Africa is a crucial region for Chinese phone maker Huawei’s future growth strategy. This is according to Gene Jiao, president of Huawei consumer business group Middle East and Africa (MEA), who spoke to journalists following the launch of the Mate 9 phablet and sports watch Huawei Fit in Munich, Germany on Thursday. He explained that Africa is an important market

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Of fake news and social media

The “digitisation” of the traditional newspaper in Zimbabwe has been ongoing for more than a decade with an upsurge of smartphones and tablets equipped with easy-to-use tools that have enabled readers to become active participants in the production and distribution of news and information through various networking sites. By Tinotenda Samukange There has been discussion in the media circles for

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Liquid Telecom secures US$300 million loan for expansion

ECONET Wireless unit Liquid Telecom has secured US$300 million to help fund expansion in Africa and its 6,55 billion rand (U$458 million) acquisition of South African fiber company Neotel Pty Limited. Standard Bank Group is arranging the syndicated loan to help fund the Neotel purchase and other deals underway in Botswana and Tanzania, Liquid Chief Executive Officer Nic Rudnick said

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