Articles tagged 'internet'

Govt pushes for increased Internet usage 30 January 2019 HARARE - ICT minister Kazembe Kazembe says government is forging ahead with its plans push to bring high-speed Internet to rural areas around the country in an effort to accelerate economic development. This comes as the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) h...
High Court ruling on Internet hailed 23 January 2019 HARARE - Information, communication and technology activists have welcomed the High Court's decision to have the Internet restored saying its shutdown violated the rights of millions of Zimbabweans. Government shutdown the Internet last week in a bid to stifle protests instigated by the Zimbab...
'Govt has no power to shut down Internet' 22 January 2019 HARARE - High Court judge Owen Tagu has ordered the government to open Internet access to millions of Zimbabweans who were cut off last week during a three-day stay-away. In his ruling, Tagu ruled that the State Security minister had no authority to order mobile operators to shut down Internet...
Internet shutdown anachronistic 19 January 2019 HARARE - The advent of new media brought in a wave of innovative approaches to the distribution and acquisition of knowledge.  What the President Emmerson Mnangagwa-led government is doing in shutting down the Internet in the face of growing criticism and social unrest is behind the times. ...
Cabinet approves new cyber bill 19 January 2019 HARARE - With Zimbabwe's Internet  shutdown still partly in place, the Information minister says that the government has crafted a new law to curb abuse of the Internet . Zimbabweans were left without Internet  for nearly 30 hours this week and the authorities have kept a block on social netwo...
ED sued over Internet blackout 19 January 2019 HARARE - Two civic society organisations have dragged President Emmerson Mnangagwa to the High Court following a government decision to completely shut down the Internet twice in a week, following a three-day stay-away called by labour unions early this week.   In the application filed on Wedn...
'Internet shutdown draconian' 17 January 2019 HARARE - Information, Communication and Technology activists have blasted government for shutting down the Internet saying the arbitrary action was ultra vires the constitutionally enshrined right to information. The cyber activists said the draconian shutdown also precipitates a humanitarian ...
TelOne launches new innovation 9 October 2018 HARARE – Fixed telephone operator, TelOne, last week launched a fully converged linear on-demand news and entertainment streaming service in partnership with South African on-demand specialist, Discover Digital. The new on-demand services will be bundled with TelOne broadband with customers ha...
UAE'S Yahsat launches satellite broadband service in Zim 9 October 2018 HARARE – United Arab Emirates-based global satellite operator, Yahsat, has launched its satellite broadband service called Yahclick in Zimbabwe in partnership with local internet access provider, Utande. Yahsat's director for business development for the African market Kevin Viret announced Ut...
'Ministries created to embarrass appointees' 23 October 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's creation of obscure ministries is a political scandal meant to manage power dynamics within his ruling Zanu PF party, analysts contend. This month, the president created among others the ministry of Cyber Security and Threat Detection which has been a talking...
Google hosts tech developers in Zim 16 October 2017 HARARE - Global online technology giant, Google – through its local chapter,  Google Developers Groups — hosted scores of web developers from the region in Harare over the weekend to interrogate latest technologies and their impact on Africa's development. The event, Google Developers Festival...
Media groups fret over Cyber ministry 15 October 2017 HARARE - Media groups and opposition parties are worried by the creation of the Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation ministry — which has  raised fears that the government will clamp down on freedom of expression and social media, as Zimbabwe hurtles towards next year's watershed elect...
Be very, very afraid! 14 October 2017 HARARE - Timing always makes a difference either in successful execution of an idea or its dismal failure. This is why it is important to look critically at the timing of President Robert Mugabe's Cabinet reshuffle on Monday. It is no longer debatable that since 2000 most of his appointed m...
Kagame's Rwanda controls presidential candidates' social media 31 May 2017 KIGALI - There will be no spur of the moment Twitter rants by Rwanda's presidential candidates, as the election commission has ruled that it must pre-approve all of their social media updates. "We are asking (candidates) to present us their messages, their drafts" to verify that they are not a...
Businesses urged to increase online presence 31 May 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) have been urged to enhance online presence as a growth strategy. This comes as research has shown that an online presence is important for outbound marketing because it reinforces your brand and what companies offer to their target market....
NetOne empowers sports writers 24 May 2017 HARARE - Telecomunications giant NetOne has partnered local sports journalists by providing free Internet services at the National Sports Stadium starting with today's African Champions League game between CAPS United and USM Alger. NetOne has provided a router from their latest innovation — O...
Cyber Bill to be enacted before elections 19 April 2017 HARARE - Government will enact the Computers and Cyber Crime Bill, which will empower it to snoop into people's phones, before the country holds the eagerly anticipated 2018 elections. Information Communication Technology minister (ICT) Supa Mandiwanzira said enactment of the Bill into law sho...
'$4m tax loss prompted Potraz data tariff hike' 7 February 2017 HARARE - Government's directive compelling mobile telephone network operators to increase prices for Internet access was prompted by a loss of $4 million in taxes in 10 months, ICT minister Supa Mandiwanzira said yesterday. The Nyanga South legislator told Parliament that all actions were mean...
Outrage over mobile data tariffs hike 12 January 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's telecoms regulator has come under fire for hiking mobile data tariffs by over 100 percent, making access to Internet and social media unaffordable for most citizens. Stakeholders described the move as “digital terrorism” and called on the Postal and Telecommunications Regul...
Africom hits hard times 3 November 2016 HARARE - Data services company Africom Holdings (Africom) continues on a downward spiral, as some of its movable assets will be auctioned in Harare today for failure to meet certain unspecified obligations to Europe-based Skyvision Global Network (Skyvision). Apart from the latest debacle and ...
Govt internet surveillance repressive 23 October 2016 HARARE - The idea of stepping up Internet surveillance is gaining traction in Zimbabwe, with the reclusive State security agency now given a central role in governing cyberspace, and the Computer Crime and Cyber Crime Bill set to be passed in Parliament by December. Once a bureaucratic backwat...
Cybercrime Bill under scrutiny 19 September 2016 HARARE - The Computer Crime and Cybercrime Bill has come under heavy scrutiny with stakeholders raising concerns over some sections that give the State power to spy on citizens. A panicky Zanu PF — that is faced with rising protests has proposed a raft of measures to curb what it calls cyber t...
'Internet contains dirty substance' 7 September 2012 HARARE - Zimbabwe's bookish president, Robert Mugabe, has lamented the loss of a reading culture and decaying morals due to the vast use of information communication technologies (ICTs). With close to two dozen degrees to his name seven earned and 14 honorary doctorates Mugabe grew up on books, l...