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Episode 171: Agency focus - The Fixer Company

Date: 21 Apr 2016
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Mobile phone users in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya hit 700 million

The profile of mobile phone subscriptions in Africa, especially the sub-Saharan (SSA) region has increased tremendously. According to reports, mobile phone subscriptions are now...

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Mobile transactions surpass U.S.$2bn
Mobile transactions surpass U.S.$2bn

The value of transactions processed through mobile platforms surpassed $2 billion during the first five months of the year, highlighting the increasing number of people turning to mobile devices to transact.

By Martin Kadzere 24 Jul 2015

US firm takes over Nettcash
US firm takes over Nettcash

A United States based mobile payments firm, Mozido, said yesterday it has acquired a majority stake in Zimbabwean firm NettCash, which also runs similar operations, as part of its expansion programme.

23 Jul 2015

Zarnet eyes Telecel takeover
Zarnet eyes Telecel takeover

Government-owned telecommunications firm Zarnet is negotiating with Telecel Zimbabwe shareholders for a possible takeover of the mobile phone company, Parliament heard.

17 Jul 2015

TelOne to pursue partnership with NetOne
TelOne to pursue partnership with NetOne

Fixed telecoms operator TelOne is set to partner NetOne in activating its mobile operating licence. The licence granted in 2011 gives the go ahead for TelOne to be the fourth mobile operator in the country...

13 Jul 2015

Telecel appoints new Chief Executive
Telecel appoints new Chief Executive

Telecel Zimbabwe has appointed Angeline Vere as its new chief executive, she becomes Telecel Zimbabwe's fourth CEO in five years...

By Tawanda Musarurwa 22 Jun 2015

Zimbabwe's Econet reports 41% drop in profits
Zimbabwe's Econet reports 41% drop in profits

HARARE: Zimbabwe's biggest mobile company Econet Wiresless reported a 41% drop in profits, dragged down by significant tariff cuts, punitive regulatory measures and a deflationary economic environment in the country...

By Malcom Sharara 22 May 2015

Telecomms infrastructure sharing the in-thing
Telecomms infrastructure sharing the in-thing

The current debate around the sharing of infrastructure by mobile phone and internet companies is one that calls for sincere dialogue among key stakeholders, who include policymakers...

By Koliwe Nyoni- Majama and Christopher Musodza 20 May 2015

Call to share mobile phone infrastructure
Call to share mobile phone infrastructure

The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Information and Communications Technology, Postal and Courier Services has called for a strong policy on infrastructure sharing by all mobile phone companies in the country...

By Diana Nherera 18 May 2015

Zimbabwe shuts down mobile phone firm over black empowerment
Zimbabwe shuts down mobile phone firm over black empowerment

HARARE - Zimbabwe on Wednesday shut down the country's second largest mobile phone service provider, Telecel Zimbabwe, partly for breaching black empowerment laws, officials said...

30 Apr 2015

The mobile revolution in Africa
The mobile revolution in Africa

The influx of mobile phone has enhanced ease of access across the world - no more so than in Africa...

17 Apr 2015

Telecel Zim faces closure
Telecel Zim faces closure

Cabinet has set up a committee to begin the process to get Telecel Zimbabwe cease operations in line with a directive by the Ministry of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services...

12 Mar 2015

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One step forwards, one back for democracy

If journalists in Zimbabwe had stood up in that country's parliament to protest against interference with their cellphone signals, they would have been laughed out of the place...

By Anton Harber 2 Mar 2015

Econet Wireless partners with Ericsson in Zimbabwe
Econet Wireless partners with Ericsson in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean operator Econet Wireless has partnered with Ericsson to simplify and upgrade the existing 2G/3G/4G/LTE networks, future proofing it for the rapid mobile expansion in the country...

25 Nov 2014

Application economy creates opportunity for Africa
Application economy creates opportunity for Africa

We all live in an application economy. Retail, news, entertainment, banking, education, government, communications - everything is driven by a connected, mobile, application-based world...

By Gary Lawrence 30 Oct 2014

Cash-strapped Zimbabwe to tax mobile phones
Cash-strapped Zimbabwe to tax mobile phones

Zimbabwe's finance minister on Thursday announced a raft of tax hikes, including on mobile phones, in a bid to boost dwindling government revenue as economic growth stalls...

12 Sep 2014

Mobile transactions in Zimbabwe up by 5%
Mobile transactions in Zimbabwe up by 5%

Mobile Money Africa reports that, according to the latest figures released by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ), the country's mobile transactions rose by 5.07% from $343,26m in March to...

1 Jul 2014

Text messages may save lives in flood-prone Africa
Text messages may save lives in flood-prone Africa

Text messaging may be dying out as a means of communication in many parts of the advanced world, but it may yet prove to be a vital life-saver in flood-prone African villages.

26 Mar 2014

Data centres‚ cloud services key to MTN Business's growth plan
Data centres‚ cloud services key to MTN Business's growth plan

MTN Business‚ is set to open more data centres in key markets where it operates as it rolls out its cloud services and video-conferencing to more markets.

By Thabiso Mochiko 17 Mar 2014

Telecel denies rumours of disinvestment in Zimbabwe
Telecel denies rumours of disinvestment in Zimbabwe

Global telecommunications operator Telecel International has denied rumours that it is pulling out of Zimbabwe.

By Samuel Mungadze 18 Feb 2014

Use of EcoCash Payroll set to increase
Use of EcoCash Payroll set to increase

January 2014 saw an increase of 82% in the number of companies using EcoCash Payroll to pay their employees in Zimbabwe. This is reportedly due to the liquidity problems facing some banks.

3 Feb 2014

Mobile money service 'Telecash' to launch this week
Mobile money service 'Telecash' to launch this week

Zimbabwean mobile operator, Telecel, has confirmed that it will be launching a mobile money service this week, reports ITWeb Africa.

28 Jan 2014

Mobile money tax imposed in Zimbabwe
Mobile money tax imposed in Zimbabwe

Tawanda Karombo, writing on ITWeb Africa, says that Zimbabwe has started levying a tax of 5 cents on mobile money transactions

9 Jan 2014

Mobile internet key in Africa
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

Opera Mini popular browser in Zimbabwe
Opera Mini popular browser in Zimbabwe

TechZim reports that the use of Opera Mini in Zimbabwe has been increasing while the use of other mobile browsers have been declining over the past two months.

7 Nov 2013

FNB's eWallet shows strong growth in Africa
FNB's eWallet shows strong growth in Africa

First National Bank's eWallet continues to show strong growth in its African operations with a 119% year-on-year increase. It has also maintained growth in SA with the total number of eWallets in all countries reaching 2.5m‚ an 84% increase from the previous financial year.

By Bekezela Phakathi 28 Oct 2013

The state of the nation: Advertising in Africa
The state of the nation: Advertising in Africa

Is Africa the Dark Continent when it comes to the advertising industry? On the contrary, says Alan Edgar, Regional Creative Director, Ogilvy Africa and one of regional judges for African and Middle Eastern categories at this year's Loeries. It's alive and vibrant, but in dire need of world-class tertiary training institutions to tap into that potential.

By Staff Reporter 21 Sep 2013

Danette Breitenbach
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

Econet Wireless to launch SA-Zimbabwe remittance service
Econet Wireless to launch SA-Zimbabwe remittance service

IT Web Africa reports that Zimbabwean mobile operator, Econet Wireless, will soon enable Zimbabweans living in South Africa who use its 'CALL HOME SIM' cards, to load money using their handsets, and send it 'instantly' to an Econet number in Zimbabwe.

29 Aug 2013

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