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How fast is Telco internet?

How fast is Telco internet? In a speed test, Telco’s internet was ranked as the 8th fastest in Zimbabwe out of 11 service providers according to the broadband and speed checker website. Speeds on the website are averages calculated from the frequency of testing the speed. The higher ranking ISPS also have a higher frequency of testing so the results may not be accurate.

Zimbabwe ranks 150 in the world when it comes to internet speed. In the sub-Saharan region, it comes at number 16. The average speed is 7.92Mbps. Telco’s packages may give a clearer picture in terms of the speeds they offer. 

Telco Packages 

Usage-Based Packages

Package Speed Cap Limit Price
42G 2Mbps 42 GB $24
70G 4Mbps 70 GB $54
95G 5Mbps 95 GB $80

Unlimited Packages

Package Speed Cap Limit Price
Fire 10Mbps Unlimited $128
Ultra 15Mbps Unlimited $185
Extreme 20Mbps Unlimited $265

Velocity top up

In the event that your usage-based package runs out of data before 30 days, you can still top with a bundle to complete the remainder of the month.

Package Cap Limit Price
1 GB 1 GB ZWL 7.00
2 GB 2 GB ZWL 12.00
5 GB 5 GB ZWL 25.01
10 GB 10 GB ZWL 45.00
20GB 20 GB ZWL 80.00

When was Telco Established?

Telco was established in 1991. The company was one of the very first subcontractors for the state-owned Post and Telecommunications Corporation. They specialised in designing, installing, and commissioning landline telephone poles in many parts of Zimbabwe. 

The company was also one of the country’s first Internet Access Providers. They play a dual role as a broadband wholesaler and a broadband retailer. They serve other ISPs while also serving households and businesses. 

Telco is the first company in the Internet Access industry to hire and train its own engineers and technicians sourced locally. When voice over internet protocol (VoIP) was introduced, Telco was at the forefront. Today telco continues to grow and add new services for their customers. Their track record indicates that they are reliable and will be around for a long time.

Who owns Telco?

Telecontract holdings are the parent company of Telco. The CEO of the company is Shadreck Nkala.The company offers a range of services and products that are based on Fibre optic telecommunications. Their website www.velocitybroadband.co.za gives more details on the options you have as a business or individual.

What is the fastest Network in Zimbabwe?

When it comes to mobile networks, Econet  Wireless has proven to have the fastest network. Econet, NetOne, and Telecel were compared for speed and Econet topped the list with an average of 7.92Mbps. 

NetOne came second at 6.5Mbps while Telecel was at 1.91Mbps. Most recently Econet launched 5G in Avondale and Bulawayo at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair. Its top speed reached 3000mbps! That is 350 times faster than the speed they recorded on 4G. NetOne will be launching 5G in the near future. Telecel has not yet indicated plans to launch the new technology.

Does 4G work in Zimbabwe?

Does 4G work in Zimbabwe?  The three main network providers in Zimbabwe have constantly been improving their efforts to spread 3G and 4G/LTE across Zimbabwe. Over half of Zimbabwe’s population has access to the internet via their mobile devices. 

Most recently Econet introduced 5G which registered speeds of up to 3000 Mbps. With that kind of speed, you can download a full movie in seconds. 

Which network is the fastest in Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe has three mobile network providers namely Econet, NetOne, and Telecel. Econet is leading in terms of market share as well as coverage for both cellular and internet services. Liquid Telecom, which is a subsidiary of Econet Wireless, operates the largest network of fibre internet infrastructure on the continent of Africa. 

Needless to say, Econet has a greater advantage over its competitors NetOne and Telecel. During a speed test, Econet came out as the fastest network in terms of broadband services. They topped 7.6Mbps download speed. 

Following in second was NetOne with a speed of 6.5Mbps. Trailing way behind with a larger margin was Telecel with a speed of 1.91Mbps.

Evidently, Econet and NetOne are doing fairly well in terms of 4G. The two companies have invested more with regard to 4G/LTE infrastructure. Telecel has only about seventeen 4G base stations. 

This is a small number to cater for the entire country. In a number of instances, customers have reported that there is no 4G at all on their phones even though they are 4G ready.

Is there 5G in Zimbabwe?

As already mentioned, Econet recently launched 5G in Zimbabwe. In a new partnership with Ericsson, Econet is working on rolling out 5G across the entire country. This is according to Econet CEO Douglas Mboweni. 

At the present moment, there are only a few areas that have 5G coverage. The only other countries with 5G in Africa are South Africa and Kenya. Nigeria is yet to roll out 5G.

A lot of people on the African continent access the internet via their mobile devices. In Zimbabwe, most people use WhatsApp whenever they are on the internet. 

With the introduction of 5G, we will see many new developments in how people do business online, especially on platforms like WhatsApp which are already being used for eCommerce in other countries. People can even hold meetings on WhatsApp group calls very effectively. Something which is difficult to do on a 4G network.

Who owns the networks in Zimbabwe?

Econet Wireless, the leading network provider was founded by Strive Masiyiwa a Zimbabwean entrepreneur. It is Zimbabwe’s second network provider and the fastest growing. Its growth can be credited to its very wide coverage and some of its complementary services like EcoCash. 

Following on the second spot is NetOne, the country’s first-ever network provider. NetOne is owned by the Zimbabwean government and it is operated by TelOne. Lastly, we have Telecel which is owned by multiple companies. It has the smallest market share and it was the last one to join the market.

Does Zimbabwe have 5G?

Does Zimbabwe have 5G? From 2022 in the month of February Zimbabwe officially has a 5G broadband network. The first company to pioneer this relatively new technology is none other than Econet Wireless. 

Econet has been ahead of the internet connectivity game for years now. It is also currently the company with the most coverage for WiFi services through its subsidiary Liquid Telecom. Liquid sells bandwidth to many other internet service providers in Zimbabwe. It is also present in 8 other countries that are in the sub-Saharan area. 

What is 5G? 

Since 2020 there have been some very crazy conspiracy theories around covid-19. One of them was that covid-19 was caused by 5G towers. Crazy right? That is probably all you know concerning 5G. 

But let us break it down a little and talk about what 5G really is and why it is beneficial. 5G is simply an improved version of broadband services for mobile networks that use sim cards. 5G gives you better bandwidth which means that your internet connection will be stable. 

The latest we have had is 4G and there are times when it is unstable, especially during peak hours. You also get more speed when you are using 5G than you would from 4G. During a speed check, it was found that Econet’s 5G can reach up to 3Gigabytes per millisecond(3000Mbps)! 

That is very fast. You can download videos in less time now or you can stream with no signs of buffering at all. Lastly, with 5G latency is reduced significantly. This means that there are fewer delays between action and response. With 4G we experience about 4-10 seconds delay when streaming live. When using 5G latency is reduced to less than 20 milliseconds. 

Which African countries have 5G? 

5G is still a very new technology and a few countries globally have 5G. So far Kenya, South Africa, and Zimbabwe now have active 5G. South Africa and Kenya have much more infrastructure compared to Zimbabwe which has towers in very few areas. 

Nigeria is in line to launch it for the very first time. The introduction of 5G is a bit step for African commerce since most of the population accesses the internet via mobile phones. With popular platforms like WhatsApp being used for business, we will likely see a lot of innovative ideas that will take advantage of this high-speed internet connectivity.

Who invented 5G? 

There is no one company that is single-handedly working on 5G. A number of companies in the telecommunications space have been working on improving previous technologies to come up with 5G. 

One company that has played a big role in coming up with the foundational technologies behind 5G is Qualcomm. In Zimbabwe the company that will be helping in setting up more 5G infrastructure is Ericsson. 

These are exciting developments and we might start seeing technology from futuristic movies being used in our lifetime. We have already started seeing it with companies like Tesla building self-driving cars.

How fast is 5G?

How fast is 5G? There are three main spectrums for the 5G network and they come at different speeds. The low band spectrum is one of the most popular in the world. It offers the widest coverage and it has great wall penetration. The low band spectrum is only about 20% faster than the current 4G speed. 

It can get to a peak speed of 100Mbps. Another not-so-common one is the High Band spectrum. It can get you speed of up to 10Gbps. The downside is that coverage is narrow and it can not penetrate through walls.

For a great user experience one should use plenty of 5G cells close to each other and enjoy the technology at optimal levels. There is also a mid band spectrum which balances speed and distance covered by a single cell. Mid Band spectrum can get you speed of up to 1Gbps 

What is 5G? 

5G is simply the latest generation of mobile networks for internet connection. It is extremely fast though there is a trade off of short range. Hence providers install multiple mini towers in close proximity to get the best connection.

For this reason it will cause the roll out of this technology to take a long period of time. It may be 5-10 years before we can see wide 5G coverage. Currently the mini towers are co-existing with already installed 4G infrastructure but eventually all infrastructure will upgrade to 5G. 

It is many times faster than 4G and it has much more room for connected devices and users. This enables easier use of the “internet of things” where connected devices can interact with each other. 

Why is 5G important?

The progression of emerging technologies will heavily depend on 5G. The pandemic had to force everyone to work remotely or study online. There was a huge shift to online platforms but it barely scratches the surface compared to how connectivity will heavily impact our lives in the near future. 

Over the last few years data has been collected through our computers and smart devices. In a 5G world data will be collected from vehicles, machinery, medical equipment etc. Data patterns will make it easier for individuals, companies or governments to anticipate future events and be better prepared for them. 

The internet of things, for instance, will be used in agriculture, medical fields, mines, factories etc. 5G will be very instrumental in getting the best scenarios.   

Is there 5G in Zimbabwe? 

In February 2022 Zimbabwe officially launched 5G internet through Econet a privately owned Telecommunications operator. Another operator, NetOne, is at advanced testing stages for 5G internet. 

It is possible to have NetOne 5G within the second half of 2022. Econet entered a partnership with Ericsson to help roll out this technology throughout Zimbabwe to get the widest coverage. The country is one of the few African countries with 5G sharing the spotlight with Kenya and South Africa. 

There are a number of other African countries that are ready to launch 5G commercially within the next few months.

How good is the internet in Zimbabwe?

How good is the internet in Zimbabwe? Ever since the introduction of the internet in Zimbabwe, we have seen a slow rise in the number of users and a sharp rise over the past ten years thanks to smart devices.

A great portion of Zimbabwe’s population gets access to the internet via mobile devices. Though the country has a fairly good network of fibre optic cabling, most people are highly dependent on mobile broadband through either smartphones or MiFi routers.

When did the internet start in Zimbabwe? 

Zimbabwe first had the internet in 1997. You can bet that 95% of the population had no idea then what the internet was. Back then it was dial-up internet and mostly companies used the internet. It is a different story today since most of the population now has a smartphone and most features there require an internet connection.

Who owns the internet in Zimbabwe? 

There are players from both the private and public sectors that are providing most of the internet services in Zimbabwe. TelOne and Powertel are government-owned entities providing the internet as Internet service providers. 

Both companies sell broadband wholesale to other Internet Service Providers. The two companies also sell broadband on a retail basis to individuals and businesses. TelOne has been in the telecommunications industry for decades hence they own infrastructure enough to cover most parts of Zimbabwe. 

TelOne provides fixed and mobile broadband. Their sister company, NetOne, provides mobile broadband services and also uses some of TelOne’s infrastructure for greater coverage. 

There are a few private companies that sell broadband on a wholesale basis in Zimbabwe. The three main ones are Liquid Telecom, Dandemutande, and Africom. Of the three the company with the largest fibre network in Zimbabwe is Liquid Telecom. 

Liquid Telecom is a subsidiary of Econet Wireless and they own the largest fibre network in the whole of Africa. Liquid gets internet from the main undersea cable and then redistributes to the countries that they service which include South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, and Zimbabwe among others. 

Needless to say, Econet Wireless is enjoying the greater share of coverage and subsequently, they have the lion’s share of the market in Zimbabwe. A speed test was carried out to find the fastest mobile internet and Econet was found as the fastest at 8Mbps download speed followed by NetOne at 6Mbps and the slowest being Telecel at 2Mbps. 

Is there 5G in Zimbabwe? 

5G is still a relatively new technology across the globe. The fact that Zimbabwe now has 5G is very impressive. The only other African countries with 5G are South Africa and Kenya. Nigeria is still yet to roll out 5G.

Thanks to Econet wireless, Zimbabwe can now enjoy 5G. In a partnership with Ericsson, Econet launched 5G in February and they are currently rolling it out to other parts of Zimbabwe. In a speed test, it reached speeds of up to 3000Mbps. You can easily download a full movie in a matter of seconds.

How much is unlimited WiFi in Zimbabwe?

How much is unlimited WiFi in Zimbabwe? The good news is high-speed unlimited WiFi is an option available for you from the several  Internet Service Providers operating in Zimbabwe. Price differs from one service provider to the other just like anywhere else. The table below shows the prices for uncapped WiFi and in this case, we compare with prices in South Africa.

Uncapped LTE Package Speed Restrictions Price in USD
Rain 19 hours 10 Mbps Unlimited for 19 hours per day $17
Rain 4G for Phones 10 Mbps Only works on phones and no tethering $20
Rain 4G 10 Mbps 360p video, VPN and torrents are throttled. $33
Rain 5G 30 Mbps 720p video $50
Telkom Unlimited 10 Mbps and then 2 Mbps if you exceed 300GB 300GB fair usage data $52
Rain Unlimited 5G 300 Mbps No Fair UsagePolicy $70
MTN Unlimited 150 Mbps No Fair Usage Policy $70
Afrihost MTN 150 Mbps 1 TB fair usage policy $205
ZOL Home 15 Mbps Fair Usage Policy not specified $67
ZOL Nano Office 7 Mbps Fair Usage Policy not specified $72
ZOL Micro Office 10 Mbps Fair Usage Policy not specified $105
ZOL Small Office 15 Mbps Fair Usage Policy not specified $168
Utande SuperMax 5 Mbps Fair Usage Policy not specified $100
Utande Megamax 10 Mbps Fair Usage Policy not specified $169
Utande Gigamax 15 Mbps Fair Usage Policy not specified $250

The prices above are all in USD. The equivalent in Rands applies to all the South African providers which are Rain, Telkom, MTN, and Afrihost. The equivalent in Zimbabwean currency applies for ZOL and Utande packages as specified in the table. The prevailing exchange rate differs from month to month.

It is clear that speeds for uncapped WiFi are generally slower compared to those in South Africa. Zimbabwe now also has 5G which was launched in February 2022. We do not yet have the accurate prices for uncapped 5G from Econet. In fact, Econet has not yet announced whether they have uncapped 5G.

What is the fastest WiFi in Zimbabwe?

According to Telco Velocity Broadband’s website, they have the fastest WiFi in Zimbabwe. There are no actual numbers to confirm that but we can not invalidate their claims completely. The WiFi infrastructure in Zimbabwe is largely dominated by Liquid Telecom. 

Most Internet Service Providers buy bandwidth from Liquid. Liquid is a subsidiary of Econet Wireless. They have a network that spans across eight other African countries which include Zambia, South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Lesotho, and Kenya.

What is the fastest network in Zimbabwe?

When it comes to mobile broadband Econet is the fastest in Zimbabwe. This does not come as a surprise since Econet uses infrastructure from their subsidiary, Liquid. Using speedchecker, their maximum download speed was at 7.56Mbps. 

In second place was NetOne with a download speed of 6.5Mbps and lastly Telecel at 1.97Mbps. The newly introduced 5G from Econet reached 3000Mbps at one point during a speed test. Econet will continue rolling out their substation across the country. NetOne and Telecel are yet to introduce 5G.

Telco internet packages

Telco, one of Zimbabwe’s oldest telecommunications companies, offers some of the best deals when it comes to internet packages. You can either have ADSL or fibre optic WiFi depending on the infrastructure that is in your area. The tables below show packages and pricing according to Telco’s website.

Usage-Based Packages

Package Speed Cap Limit Price
42G 2Mbps 42 Gigabytes $24
70G 4Mbps 70 Gigabytes $54
95G 5Mbps 95 Gigabytes $80

Uncapped Packages

Package Speed Cap Limit Price
Fire 10Mbps Uncapped $128
Ultra 15Mbps Uncapped $185
Extreme 20Mbps Uncapped $265

Velocity top up

In the event that your usage-based package runs out of data before 30 days, you can still top with a bundle to complete the remainder of the month.

Package Cap Limit Price
1 GB 1 Gigabyte ZWL 7.00
2 GB 2 Gigabytes ZWL 12.00
5 GB 5 Gigabytes ZWL 25.01
10 GB 10 Gigabytes ZWL 45.00
20GB 20 Gigabytes ZWL 80.00

When was Telco established?

Telco was established in 1991 as a subcontractor of the government-owned Post and Telecommunication Corporation (PTC). For over three decades in the industry now, Telco has pioneered and continues to do so even today.

The company is the first ever to design, install and commission telephone lines on behalf of the PTC in the early 90s. In 1997 Telco became the first company to obtain a franchise license to provide internet services on behalf of the PTC. Telco was also one of the original three Internet Access Providers in Zimbabwe.

They were part of the first ones to receive the draft Internet Access Provider license from the Post and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) in 2002. Over and above that this company is the first ever to employ and train local human resources as technicians and engineers for the internet access industry.

Who owns Telco?

Telco is a subsidiary of Telecontract Holdings. It’s current CEO is Shadreck Nkala. Even though the company started out as a subcontractor they now have a number of standalone products and services. Under the umbrella of their brand, Velocity, Telco serves retail clients in corporate as well as domestic users. As an Internet Access Provider, the company provides wholesale broadband to other internet service providers. For more offers visit the Telco website:

https://www.velocitybroadband.co.zw

Does Telco have VoIP?

The list of firsts is quite extensive for Telco. It is the first ever Internet Service Provider to offer voice over internet services. Their website has all the VoIP offers which you can check out to compare with other ISPs. In the early 2000s, Telco was already offering internet and data services using fibre optic cables to banks.

The company has a wide coverage extending to many parts of Zimbabwe. Judging from this rich history we can see Telco has been consistent for a very long period of time much more than some of the big players in the industry today. We can safely say we have Telco around for the long run.