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Zimbabwe has set aside ZWL$8-billion to invest in the country’s ICT sector in 2021, with fibre optic network infrastructure, digital TV and access to online public services identified as key focus areas. This is according to the country’s Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube who spelled out the government’s plan as part of the 2021 National Budget,...

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Zimbabwe’s national and international telecoms traffic will soon be under the full control of the telecoms regulator. To this end, it requested the expertise of Global Voice Group for the establishment of an independent control system which will be installed at its headquarters in Harare. Zimbabwe’s Posts and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (Potraz) announced last week that...

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Telecommunication companies are likely to increase their tariffs soon to meet rising operating costs following the recent price increases by the national power utility Zesa, industry sources have said. Zimbabwe’s mobile network operators – Econet, NetOne and Telecel – last reviewed their tariffs in September, but electricity prices have more than doubled in the last...

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Zimbabwe’s telecoms regulator again wishes to devote itself effectively to its missions. To achieve this, he urged the ICT ministry to take over the debt inherited from the Posts and Telecommunications Corporation when it was dissolved in 2000, which undermines its financial power. During a strategic planning workshop on public and parastatal enterprises, held on November...

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, in collaboration with the Econet Group, is preparing to launch a new high-speed broadband technology service based on laser beam technology rather than fibre optic infrastructure. Roll out is scheduled for 2021 in Zimbabwe, with plans to extend the service to other Sub-Saharan countries. In a statement, Econet said the new...

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ZIMBABWE’s largest mobile network provider, Econet Wireless Zimbabwe (EWZ) has blamed erratic power supplies as the cause the service provider is failing to provide better connectivity to its customers. Presenting the group’s performance for the year ended February 2020, EWZ chairperson James Myers said incessant power cuts had choked the group’s network quality. “Our service...