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TELECOMMUNICATIONS operators have agreed to share infrastructure as this promotes the national interest, cost cutting and reduces duplication, Information, Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services Deputy Minister, Dr Win Mlambo has said.

“We’re deadly serious about doing the correct thing in the country. Starting with approval, the concept has been approved.  We spoke to stakeholders and network operators who have anonymously agreed that it’s going to be done and it’s the correct way to do.

“It has been done elsewhere in the world to cut costs, avoid duplication and speed up roll out of networks,” said Dr Mlambo.

He said the ministry was still dealing with legal hurdles, which will show how the process will be undertaken. The Deputy Minister said the public and the private sector should know that the process will take time as necessary procedures have to be followed.

  • - chronicle
  • TELONE has opened a state-of-the-art client service shop in Bulawayo in a bid to improve customer care and reduce capital expenditure.

    This client service shop was opened in compliance with Government’s telecommunications requirements that telecommunications companies should provide real value to their customers.

    The modern shop was officially opened last Thursday by the Minister of Information, Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services, Supa Mandiwanzira, who was represented by his deputy Dr Win Mlambo.

    Minister Mandiwanzira said the new shop will see TelOne saving money while offering quality service.

    “The Bulawayo Main Client Service shop came about through technology modernisation, which resulted in the miniaturisation of technology leaving huge redundant space in exchanges. “This innovative measure by TelOne to convert redundant space into client centres again shows strategic focus to cut costs while enhancing convenience for customers.

    TelOne said the shop becomes a one-stop centre for customers where they will be getting their billings, inquiries, data services, voice services and any the company’s related matters all under one roof.

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  • WhatsApp has finally added the ‘Pinned chats’ feature to their latest Beta. The update comes as version 2.17.163 and allows the users to pin messages at the top of the chat screen.

    With this new update, users will be able to pin chats (not more than 3, at the moment) by just selecting the contact or group on the chat screen and tapping on the pin button, placed next to the delete button. One can easily unpin the pinned chat by selecting the pinned chat and tapping on the unpin button.

    WhatsApp seems to be playing catch-up. It recently copied the Snapchat-like Photo-Video Story feature and put it under the Status section. Now, the instant messaging platform has turned its app into a Telegram clone by overhauling the concept of Pin Chats.

    To enjoy the Pin Chat feature, grab the latest WhatsApp beta 2.17.163 by joining the Play Store official beta channel https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.whatsapp

    WhatsApp has finally added the ‘Pinned chats’ feature to their latest Beta. The update comes as version 2.17.163 and allows the users to pin messages at the top of the chat screen.

    With this new update, users will be able to pin chats (not more than 3, at the moment) by just selecting the contact or group on the chat screen and tapping on the pin button, placed next to the delete button. One can easily unpin the pinned chat by selecting the pinned chat and tapping on the unpin button.

    EcoCash limit for transactions within Zimbabwe has been increased from $1,000 per day to $5,000. The monthly limit has been raised to $20,000 from $3,000.

    An SMS sent to EcoCash customers reads: "We are please to advise that your EcoCash limit for transactions within Zim has been revised to $5,000 per day and $20,000 per month."

    TELONE has employed about 1 500 people from Matabeleland South to lay optic fibre cables in the 330KM Bulawayo-Beitbridge Backbone Fibre project.

    The project is a fruit of the mega deals signed by Zimbabwe and China in December 2015 in Harare.  The parastatal has received $33 million out of a $98 million loan from the Asian economic giant. TelOne will offer the fastest internet service connections at lowest rates in the country, once the project is completed.

    Cde Mandiwanzira said other local people benefited through being sub-contracted to do other jobs.

    “In the process of the rollout, at least 1 500 casual jobs for the local communities have been created. This is direct empowerment that we require and encourage all our contractors each time we have projects of this nature being implemented. We are keen on these projects as we are on the drive to ensure that Zimbabweans are empowered through employment creation and also virtual connections through the best internet at the lowest possible cost.”

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  • Zimbabwean smartphone maker Gtel has unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the X5.

    The X5 — the latest in string of high specs smartphone releases from the firm — is a battery centric smartphone for power hungry users.

    Specifications

    • Screen : 5.5 inch
    • Screen : Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels with 267 PPI pixel density
    • Camera Front :16 mega pixel selfie camera
    • Camera back : 13 mega pixel rear camera with LED flash
    • OS : Android v7.0 Nougat running Amigo OS interface
    • Processor : 2.0GHz Octa-Core processor
    • RAM : 4GB
    • Battery : 4010mAh
    • Storage : 64GB internal memory expandable up to 256GB via Micro SD card
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  • Telecel Zimbabwe which is exhibiting at this year’s ZITF in Bulawayo has announced the re-introduction of their popular Mega Bonus promotion which allows the company’s pre-paid subscribers to make local calls across all networks for double the value of the airtime they purchase.

    The re-introduced Mega Bonus Promotion gives Telecel customers 100% bonus for all airtime denominations of a $1 or more. The validity period for the bonus airtime varies depending on the recharge value but ranges between 1 day and 7 days.

    Telecel’s MegaBonus Promotion instantly offers 100% bonus with every recharge. The recharge denominations currently guaranteeing 100% bonus under the promotion are the $1, $2, $5, $10 and the $20. MegaBonus is available to Telecel’s pre-paid customers who recharge using scratch cards, Telecash and electronic vouchers.

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  • Converged telecommunications service provider Africom is set to launch its 4G fixed internet in Chitungwiza on May 18 in a bid to connect the unconnected and provide the fastest connections available for wireless networks.

    According to the company, the internet service will be launched at a colourful event in Chitungwiza.Details of the launch will be spread in the town as they approach the date. “Details of the launch will be distributed in and around Chitungwiza as we get nearer the date,” said Africom.

    “Chitungwiza is the largest high density town in Zimbabwe, with several suburbs the oldest being St Mary’s.Through this launch, Chi-Town will have seamless, high speed fixed internet connectivity stretching across St Mary’s, Zengeza and Seke, providing voice and data services to countless households in the area.

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  • THE Government has engaged technocrats to set up a diaspora website to facilitate engagement with Zimbabweans resident outside the country and ensure their participation in national development.

    The move buttresses implementation of the Diaspora Policy, which provides institutional framework, measures and strategies that ensure effective participation of Zimbabweans in the diaspora in economic programmes and wider development initiatives.

    “As part of operationalising the Diaspora Policy, the Ministry of Macro Economic Planning and Investment Promotion, with support from the International Organisation for Migration, is developing a national diaspora website.

    “The purpose of the website is to promote diaspora engagement and participation of the Zimbabwe diaspora in national development. Among others, the website will showcase the opportunities in different sectors of the economy,” the ministry said in a notice.

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  • Listed beverage manufacturer, Delta Corporation has seen its annual revenue fall by 10%, with all its products’ volumes softening due to cash shortages and limited alternative payment platforms.

    The group’s revenue tumbled 15% and 10% for the quarter and the full year respectively, Delta said in a trading update released yesterday.

    Lager beer volume fell 5% below the prior year for the quarter and down 7% for the full year.

    “The fourth quarter that ended March 31, 2017 recorded a particularly depressed volume and revenue outturn. In addition to the constrained aggregate demand, the outturn was impacted negatively by heavy rains that reduced market access and outdoor consumption occasions. The pronounced shortages of bank notes and limited availability of alternative payment platforms also affected demand,” the company said.

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