For our Beneath the Surface feature, we sat down with Lucky Aaroni. Along with Bhutisi (Admire Kuzhangaira) and Kedha (Rolland Lunga), he was the co-founder of the original P.O Box TV and now works with Bustop TV which he also co-founded.
Wershuta (pronounced as We Are Shuta) is one production team that falls into that category. the Canadian-based Zimbabwean duo of has been churning out comedic skits on YouTube that have a Zimbabwean focus for more than a year and in the process have established a following that has been growing consistently.
A week ago we started off on a new approach to in-depth content with a series called “Beneath the Surface” which is meant to provide us with an opportunity to plunge into a further understanding of certain topics in Zimbabwe’s (and the region’s) tech space. So far, our first feature, The Internet video Economy in Zimbabwe; […]
These Zimbabwean outfits are tapping into the power of internet video to build brands, grow a following and even make some money.
Buying ZESA prepaid electricity tokens on the internet is nothing new. For about a year now it’s been possible, with the noteworthy solution being TelOne’s Telpay website which we wrote about last year. There’s a new interesting addition though and this new service solves a key problem with zesa token vending, which the other platforms have seemingly ignored – reliability. The service is called Power.Plus and it […]
Kwesé TV, the internet TV service owned by Econet and targetted at Sub Saharan Africa will be going live before the start of the 2016-2017 English Premier League season which kicks off in August this year.
WhatsApp scores more points on user feedback, adds font styling, quick reply & solid wallpaper colours features
Looking at its recent 1 billion user milestone and the latest flood of improvements like document sending or group limit adjustments there appears to be a bit of app development wisdom from the WhatsApp team.
Bulawayo-born programmer and drug lord Paul Le Roux is allegedly the brains behind TrueCrypt, an encryption application made famous by Edward Snowden. In what reads like a script for a Hollywood action-thriller movie, the long form piece of investigative journalism chronicles Le Roux’s life from his birth in Bulawayo in 1972 , through his primary […]
A Zimbabwean hub, Stimulus Africa presents the inaugural Stimulus Africa Entrepreneurship Symposium [SAES] ICT for Development [ICT4D] 2016 that will be held from the 30th March 2016 to the 1st of April 2016.
From the information gathered so far, Matsaudza isn’t being hired to lead EcoCash, Econet’s mobile money services, though. He is expected to fill a new role focused on managing digital payments and bridging the gap between EcoCash and Steward Bank, the retail financial services institution owned by Econet Zimbabwe.
Econet Wireless International has hired top African television media executive, Joseph Hundah, to head its newly formed Kwese TV across the continent.
Mustard Seed generated significant interest among potential investors as well as prospective schools that were keen on integrating the platform with their existing school systems, something which prompted the team to explore the possibility of enhancing the system’s capabilities with options for district and provincial level data collation.
Apple did it again on Monday 21 March 2016 with the announcement of the new iPhone SE. At this point you must be lashing out in defence of more memory on a phone because I know you want all those gigabytes and if you had things your way you’d be owning a phone with terabtyes of memory.
Mobile devices gain prominence in rural Zimbabwe as 84% of households embrace cellular communications
Mobile devices are the leading communication devices for the rural population in Zimbabwe with 84% of households in this group having at least one household member with a mobile phone.
Dial-a-Doc doctors face disciplinary action as Zimbabwe’s health council rejects Econet’s telemedicine
A year now after the launch of Econet’s Dial-a-Doc health service, the Medical and Dental Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe (MDPCZ) is still to accept it as a positive contribution to healthcare services in Zimbabwe. Information we have received from the council is that doctors working for the service were brought before the council to answer for their involvement in a “prohibited” service. […]
Yet-to-launch operator Viva Mobile introduces new VOD service, fights for visibility with diverse content & free access
In the meantime, Viva Mobile has introduced its subscription-based video on demand TV service known as Uhuru TV (stylised as uHuru TV) with a pre-launch campaign that is offering early signups a free 7-day trial.
In this episode, we discuss the highlights of the POTRAZ Report including WhatsApp’s popularity; the online company registration now available in Zimbabwe, the end of load shedding and the scandals at NetOne.
But that’s asking for too much. With a near monopoly, MultiChoice doesn’t need to do any of this, not yet anyway. The competition hasn’t matured yet, so suspended price increases and bouquet improvements like English Soccer on a $32 package are what we’ll have to accept.
The Econet Wireless Group has just scored one for its internet TV and Video On Demand (VOD) ambitions. Its subsidiary, Econet Media, has acquired the package of free-to-air broadcasting rights for the Barclays Premier League in sub-Saharan Africa.
While reserving capital from operational profit might seem even harder for Telecel than its peers its absence on the new base station front is likely a reflection of a shortage of capital for aggressive expansion, something that its new majority owner, the government, will hopefully be able to remedy.
The reality, though, is that these operators are responding to changes that they never anticipated and whose effects they can’t control. The request for the ban, or regulation is, as has been the case in countries like Morocco and most recently South Africa, a way to contain the damage. That hardly justifies it, but it puts the request into context.
Zimbabweans use WhatsApp more than any other broadband service or application. According to the latest report from the telecoms regulator, POTRAZ, the Instant Messaging platform’s bundles accounted for 34% of mobile broadband traffic in the fourth quarter of 2015. This brings up the net neutrality debate again.
Local producer explains sad state of Zimbabwean television & the internet’s opportunity as a solution
Citing the rise of online content consumption patterns that have powered the rise in popularity of material from producers like P.O Box and Zambezi News, Makamba pointed out how Zimbabwean content is scattered across various platforms like WhatsApp, YouTube and Facebook, something that he believes points to the opportunity of a central distribution platform.
The national telecoms regulator, POTRAZ, has released its latest report showing a rise in Zimbabwe’s mobile penetration and internet use.
The key to meeting this demand for innovation in health is a collaboration between health professionals and the IT experts or software developers. However, my personal experiences in Zimbabwe have been quite disappointing. It has proved to be quite a nightmare finding a skilled and experienced software developer who can choose to spare enough time to work on an idea.