Mobile internet revolution takes Zimbabwe by storm
source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
26 October 2010
Zimbabwe entered a new digital era last week Friday when the largest mobile phone network Econet Wireless launched its mobile broadband package available to their estimated 4.5 million subscribers.
Econet CEO Douglas Mboweni said this was the most ambitious project they had undertaken since 1998 when the company was launched adding the broadband would be pivotal in reconstructing the country’s economy.
Reporting from Harare our correspondent Simon Muchemwa said three broadband packages were being offered; “On the Go” for customers on the move using internet capable handsets and laptops, the “@Home” package for home users surfing for leisure, school and light business and “@Work” for business users.
Muchemwa said customers were asked to send a blank text message to 145 and a confirmation would then be sent by Econet confirming if the line has been activated. Subscribers can then buy internet ‘bundles’ ranging from 1 to 1000 megabytes to allow them to connect to the internet. Each megabyte costs 50 US cents although many customers were given a [continue reading]