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Mobile internet key in Africa

The fourth annual PwC South Africa Entertainment and Media Outlook was launched recently and I caught up with Vicki Myburgh, Entertainment & Media Industries Leader for PwC Southern Africa.

By Danette Breitenbach 29 Nov 2013 15:01

Y&R: I have an agency...

Y&R is committed to having 20 agencies on the African continent by 2015. Leading the charge to achieve this is Yossi Schwartz, chairman of Y&R South Africa.

By Danette Breitenbach 5 Sep 2013 05:42

[2013 trends] Mobile money to give SoLoMo a kick in the pants?

SoLoMo: the glorious intersection of social, location and mobile that was going to superpower hyperlocal search and prove to be the holy grail, allowing retailers and other businesses to attract an army of smartphone-wielding customers. Pretty exciting stuff, especially during an economic downturn, right? In my opinion, quite the contrary.

By Vanessa Clark 23 Jan 2013 11:54

Zim's Econet forced to reconnect NetOne

TechCentral wraps up the major technology news from around the African continent.

By Craig Wilson 27 Aug 2012 11:09

Neo@Ogilvy global CEO talks up role of emerging markets, mobile

Neo@Ogilvy's global CEO, New-York based Nasreen Madhany, has been visiting South Africa for a corporate summit, where she talked up the role emerging markets will play in the future profitability of her company.

By Herman Manson 5 Jul 2011 13:30

[Netprophet 2011] African ecommerce market has a long way to go

A billion Africans and 50 million bank accounts. In South Africa, credit cards are used by only 16.5% of the population (2008). No African country comes close to 1% of total retail spend spent online - the magic figure which constitutes the tipping point for digital retail growth. No wonder, then, that the ecommerce market in Africa hasn't bloomed.

By Herman Manson 12 May 2011 18:55

Significant shifts in South Africa, Africa's mobile patterns

A global study conducted by TNS Research Surveys shows that South Africans' unconditional love for handsets - more than content as it is in developed markets - is beginning to change and will even shift faster as bandwidth improves, and as cheaper smartphones appear on the market - probably from China.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 21 Apr 2011 09:37

Zim: Potraz orders penalties against non-compliant subscribers

Zimbabwe's telecommunications regulator has ordered mobile phone network operators to penalise subscribers who have not yet complied with a directive to register their personal details ahead of a 28 February 2011 deadline.

By Dumisani Ndlela 31 Jan 2011 09:42

Zim: Potraz targets rural areas for telecom services

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) has begun a process to roll out telecommunication services to rural areas through the Universal Service Fund (USF), which has been idle for years.

By Dumisani Ndlela 27 Jan 2011 13:49

Research Bureau International wins Zim media survey tender

Research Bureau International has won the tender to conduct the All Media and Products Survey (ZAMPS) over a two-year period from 2011 to 2012 after a unanimous decision by the Zimbabwe Advertising Research Foundation (ZARF) board on Monday, 17 January 2011.

By Dumisani Ndlela 21 Jan 2011 11:50

NetOne threatens to name and shame customers

NetOne Cellular, the country's smallest cellular network operator by subscribers, has threatened to name and shame its post-paid customers with outstanding bills as it battles to free itself from a financial quagmire.

By Dumisani Ndlela 21 Dec 2010 10:15

Zimbabwe fixed-line operator probed

Zimbabwe's Competition and Tariff Commission (CTC) says it has opened investigations into alleged abuse of monopoly by the state-owned fixed-line telephone service operator, TelOne. In a public notice, CTC said it would embark on the investigation in terms of the Competitions Act.

By Dumisani Ndlela 23 Nov 2010 13:15

Zim: NetOne in financial dire straits

Zimbabwe's smallest cellular network operator NetOne Cellular is wriggling to extricate itself from a financial crisis, with sources indicating the company had punched a financial black hole after being deserted by contract subscribers last year.

By Dumisani Ndlela 25 Oct 2010 08:55

Econet dangles carrot to unregistered subscribers

Econet Wireless has unveiled brand new Isuzu vehicles to persuade unregistered subscribers to register their lines with the network under new regulations.

By Dumisani Ndlela 28 Jun 2010 09:12

Orascom elects listing Zimbabwean unit on ZSE

Orascom Telecom has spurned members of an investment consortium bidding for shareholding in Telecel Zimbabwe and instead proposed a listing of its Zimbabwean unit on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE).

By Dumisani Ndlela 22 Jun 2010 09:33

Zim: Mobile networks to disconnect unregistered users

Zimbabwe's telecoms regulator has given mobile phone users up to 31 August 2010 to register personal details with their operators, failure of which would result in the disconnection of their lines.

By Dumisani Ndlela 15 Jun 2010 10:25

NetOne sets up World Cup fan parks

Zimbabwe's mobile phone network operator NetOne has begun rolling out fan parks across the country ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup to be hosted by South Africa in June.

By Dumisani Ndlela 19 May 2010 08:50

MTN to enter Zim through Telecel, NetOne?

Recent reports of MTN's talks with Orascom Telecom have triggered speculation the telecommunications firm could finally buy the Egyptian group's Zimbabwean asset, Telecel Zimbabwe.

By Dumisani Ndlela 29 Apr 2010 07:23

Zim telecoms firms fight for survival

Zimbabwe's telecommunications battle was normally one for the mobile telecommunications networks, but recently, other players are entering the fray. Technological advances have meant that players can easily provide services that their licences restrict them from offering, albeit through the “technological backdoor”.

By Dumisani Ndlela 22 Apr 2010 11:01

TelOne in surprise market campaign

Zimbabwe's landline network operator TelOne has launched a surprise campaign to seize a share of the country's mobile phone market.

By Dumisani Ndlela 19 Apr 2010 11:17

MTN's Zimbabwe acquisition under threat

MTN's planned acquisition of a 49% stake in Zimbabwe's state-owned cellular network NetOne could collapse after revelations some members of the inclusive government are opposed to its privatisation.

By Dumisani Ndlela 29 Mar 2010 08:33

MTN signs confidentiality agreement with Zim operator

MTN, has signed a confidentiality agreement with Zim state-owned cellular network, NetOne, as the South Africa-based mobile company moved closer to acquiring a key stake in the Zimbabwean company. Sources in Harare said MTN had wound up its due diligence on NetOne and was expected to place its final bid soon.

By Dumisani Ndlela 23 Mar 2010 08:42

Zim: Telecel attracts customers with new offer

Nyasha Mudonhi last week rushed to buy a Telecel (Zimbabwe) line after news of a bargain on international calls. He already owns an Econet Wireless mobile line, but says he will now possess two lines because of the different benefits from each of the networks.

By Dumisani Ndlela 23 Feb 2010 09:38

Telecel Zimbabwe targets listing

Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris' Orascom Telecom-controlled Telecel Zimbabwe is earmarked for a listing on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) in a move meant to raise additional capital and broaden the shareholder base.

By Dumisani Ndlela 5 Feb 2010 07:05

Zimbabwe telecom firms on the defensive

Zimbabwe's telecommunications sector has gone on the defensive over poor quality service and calls for government to open the market to South Africa's MTN and Vodacom.

By Dumisani Ndlela 12 Oct 2009 07:35

Zim's mobile penetration rate soars

Zimbabwe's smallest mobile network operator Telecel Zimbabwe has added 350,000 more lines to the network, taking it to second spot ahead of struggling state-owned NetOne whose subscriber numbers have remained mired at 350,000.

By Dumisani Ndlela 1 Sep 2009 09:48

Zim: Mobile market share battle intensifies

A market-share battle is intensifying in Zimbabwe, where two previously-underdog mobile network operators are taking on leader, Econet Wireless Zimbabwe.

By Dumisani Ndlela 3 Aug 2009 12:10

Zim government moves to protect telecoms customers

Zimbabwe's telecommunication operators have been told to start reducing tariffs to avoid “milking” customers.

By Dumisani Ndlela 17 Jul 2009 10:10

Econet to reduce telecommunication tariffs

Econet Wireless, Zimbabwe's largest mobile phone network, says it is moved by public calls for affordable services and was beginning to take measures to lower tariffs.

By Sam Hungwe 23 Feb 2009 10:59

Zim government cuts mobile airtime VAT

Local newspapers have been flooded with letters from agitated telecommunication users complaining over unfair charges by the country's three mobile networks. The Zimbabwe government has now cut punitive tax on mobile airtime, admitting this had affected “talk time” by mobile phone users.

By Sam Hungwe 11 Feb 2009 12:29