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Zimbabwe: Telecel Keen to Localise Shareholding

Telecel board chairman Dr James Makamba says the country's fastest growing mobile phone operator's shareholders are determined to address the shareholding structure that has raised eyebrows among empowerment groups as it is skewed in favour of foreigners instead of locals. The company's majority stake -- 60 percent -- is held by Egypt- headquartered Orascom Telecom while Dr Makamba, together with deposed former chairperson Dr Jane Mutasa, hold 40 percent shares through the Empowerment Corporation.

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Zimbabwe: Telone to Launch Broadband in Vic Falls

Fixed telephone services provider TelOne will in July this year commission the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls fibre optic cable ahead of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation General Assembly in August.

TelOne managing director Mrs Chipo Mtasa told New Ziana that installation of the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls cable was nearing completion.

Zimbabwe and Zambia will co-host the UNWTO General Assembly from August 24-29 in Victoria Falls and Livingstone.

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Zimbabwe: BAZ Lobbies RBZ Over Mobile Banking

Banks have lobbied the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe to act against Econet Wireless' reluctance to open up its mobile banking gateway to allow them to transfer money from clients' bank accounts straight to the beneficiary mobile number.

The Herald Business understands that the call from banks comes as the financial institutions fear losing a significant chunk of their market to the rapidly growing mobile money transfer platform, especially Econet Wireless' EcoCash service.

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Zimbabwe: Econet Takes Ecocash to ZSE

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe is working on setting up a payment system for small value shares bought on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange using its mobile phone- based money transfer facility, EcoCash.

The system is designed to make it possible for small investors to buy and sell shares using EcoCash.

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Zimbabwe: Ecocash Spreads to CBZ Bank

Econet Wireless has partnered with CBZ Bank in the provision of mobile phone-based banking services through EcoCash, a development that will further enhance convenience for customers of the two leading institutions.

The partnership would allow Econet and CBZ Bank customers to carry out a number of banking transactions on their cellphones from any location in or outside the country.

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Zimbabwe: Regulator Potraz to fund the building of 54 Base Stations

THE Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe plans to install 54 mobile phone base stations in under-served and remote areas across the country over the next two years. This comes as Potraz expects teledensity to reach 100 percent from the current 90 percent as telecommunications become a basic need.

Potraz deputy director-general Alfred Marisa said in an interview last week the authority has already erected 11 sites for the stations.

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Zimbabwe: Passport Office Goes Digital

The Registrar-General's Office will now send SMS messages to passport applicants to collect their documents, while the applicants will now also be able to download application forms on the Internet.

Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede said last week the digitalisation would bring convenience to the public.

The applicants download the application forms online and take them to the passport office after filling them in. They would pay a US$33 fee for the form on submission.
The development is expected to improve efficiency and reduce time spent queueing for the forms.

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Zimbabwe: Ecocash Spreads to Kombis

Econet Wireless has announced that businesses that accept payments in EcoCash are now able to exchange them for cash at Econet Wireless Zimbabwe approved banks. In a statement, Econet said hundreds of companies have already signed agreements to take EcoCash payments which they can cash in at TN Bank.

Other banks were expected to offer the service within two weeks.

"We are working to get all banks on board by the end of October," said Mr Darlington Mandivenga, a senior Econet executive.

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Nigeria: Apple Establishes Presence in Nigerian ICT Market

Apple has announced a new plan to make its products officially available in Nigeria through its official Apple channels. This is the first time the company will make such move in the Nigerian market.

The growing importance of the Nigerian market and the need to give Nigerian buyers a new level of customer experience and full product guarantee may have attracted Apple's new move to the Nigerian market.

The outlets will ensure products available through official channel partners in the country.

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Zimbabwe: Passport Office Goes Digital

The Registrar-General's Office will now send SMS messages to passport applicants to collect their documents, while the applicants will now also be able to download application forms on the Internet.

Registrar-General Mr Tobaiwa Mudede last week said the digitalisation would bring convenience to the public.The applicants download the application forms online and take them to the passport office after filling them in.

They would pay a US$33 fee for the form on submission.The development is expected to improve efficiency and reduce time spent queueing for the forms.

Source: The Herald
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