Zimbabwe officials mull over data rollover as costs rise

Data rollover
in Zim?
  
Consumers bear brunt
of economic hardship.

Sunday, Jun 16th

WiFi hotspots, the new battleground for Zim mobile firms

WiFi hotspots, the new battleground for Zim mobile firms

Mobile operators in Zimbabwe are aggressively pushing data and connectivity services to capture market share as traditional voice service revenues continue to dwindle.

Zimbabwe's biggest telco Econet Wireless is offering WiFi connectivity on board taxis on local routes within Harare and on the route linking the capital with Bulawayo.

The company already has about 300 WiFi hotspots around the country as it gears to up its data revenues. Subscribers on Econet get 100% bonus for data and social media bundle top-ups and the free WiFi capacity is accessible on taxis.

Econet Wireless Chief Operating Officer Fayaz King said most of the company's subscribers "use public transport on a daily basis".

Now subscribers on the Econet network do not have to "wait until they get off the Kombi (commuter taxi) to check their mails, browse their favourite sites" or to stream video content.

It is expected that the platform will be expanded to other towns and the company is targeting up to 250 routes by the end of this year.

Rival operator, Telecel Zimbabwe, which is now controlled by the government, has started to offer WiFi bundles aimed at giving subscribers "affordable internet access".

However, to access mobile WiFi connectivity, "one has to be at a hot spot location," according to the operator.

Apart from the WiFi battleground, Zimbabwean telcos also compete through discounted data tariffs offered as promotions.

State-owned NetOne, Zimbabwe's third mobile operator, is also offering a popular promotion that gives subscribers one month's access to some social media and data platforms.

Telecom executives say the traditional voice telephony cash cow for telcos is slowing down, hence the focus to enhance income from the data and mobile money categories.

ALSO ON ITWEB AFRICA

Zimbabwe struggles with slow uptake and use of mobile telephony Published on 06 June 2019

Latest consumer satisfaction survey highlights challenges of suppressed income levels, informalisation of economy.

Lesotho plays e-commerce catchup with National Payments Switch plan Published on 05 June 2019

Southern African country lacks legislative framework to secure electronic transactions, according to the World Bank.

NEC XON's Saunders will discuss the 'perfect storm' brewing at ID4Africa Published on 13 June 2019

Grahame Saunders, who heads up NEC XON's identity management portfolio, will speak at ID4Africa about how advances in biometrics and mobility have changed the identification opportunities for more than a billion Africans.

Kenyan consortium launches mobile banking app Published on 22 May 2019

Mobile loan product Stawi introduced, backed by Central Bank of Kenya.