31 Aug

ZARNet considers synergies to offer ubiquitous digital solutions

The Zimbabwe Academic and Research Network (ZARNet) has said it enjoys synergies with organisations like TelOne and Telecel in a bid to attain its mandate of providing reliable and sustainable Internet and other ICT Solutions to the academic, research, and educational institutions and any other government establishments in the country.

ZARNet is a grant funded institution under the Ministry of ICT, Postal and Courier Services.

Spiked Online Media caught up with Mr. Tobias Moyo, the ZARNet Acting Head of Marketing at the Zimbabwe Agricultural Show in Harare where he took us through the work and mandate of the institution.

“Our statutory mandate is to provide reliable and sustainable Internet Connectivity and other converged ICT solutions to the academic, research, and educational institutions and any other Government establishments in Zimbabwe.

ZARNet has provided cutting edge technology in its mandated sectors resulting in improved quality of research, academic output, and educational development. By committing your school, university, and research institution to getting ZARNet services, you are making a giant leap into the digital world that will make a complete change to the quality of your output,” said Mr. Moyo.

He paid tribute to the hackathon initiative being spearheaded by the Postal and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (POTRAZ) with support from the Ministry of ICT, Postal and Courier Services headed by Minister Dr. Jenfan Muswere as part of the country’s ICT Innovation Drive whose major objective is to increase ICT research and development as well as its uptake by innovators and research institutions in Zimbabwe.

“We acknowledge the immense support from our partners – NetOne and TelOne who participate in hackathons so as to ensure that an increase in ICT research and development is achieved through identifying, supporting, and capacitating ICT innovators in the country, to develop their ideas into bankable solutions for Zimbabwe and the global market,” he said.

POTRAZ Hackathons not only promote a culture of ICT innovation and development among Zimbabwean youths but also create employment and increase the total number of home-grown ICT applications. This resonates well with the National Development Strategy One (NDS1) and calls for the development and implementation of home-grown solutions to the country’s problem as well as the creation of employment by local entrepreneurs.

“ZARNet promises provision of world-class services that are second to none; with service excellence and customer satisfaction at the center of our growth,” Mr. Moyo said.

ZARNet offers VSAT, fibre, and radio broadband internet services in a bid to bridge the digital divide between the rural and urban areas. It also has a dedicated team of developers that can develop any kind of web application and/or professional custom website using various web development platforms.

At the moment it is running a campaign for radio broadband services for Harare. The service is also available in Victoria Falls, Bulawayo, Masvingo, and Mutare.

“We develop responsive formatted websites that display accurately on all devices. We will even teach you how to manage your website or we can manage it for you. We also provide full-service web hosting solutions for you while providing ongoing website updating solutions so your website stays protected and updated. We also provide search engine optimization and dedicated server hosting services.”

ZARNet provides an efficient library management system. It manages the borrowing and returning of books, makes book reservations, generates bar codes, and online access to library books, among many other functions.

Through its e-learning portal, teaching and learning are made easy and funny. The portal is time and effort-efficient, safe and reliable, as well as easy to use.

ZARNet also offers to provide specialized ICT training on a number of subjects that include the following:

  • Training of ICT administrators, teachers, heads, and government officials
  • Digital content creation training
  • Basic troubleshooting skills

Credit: Byron Adonis Mutingwende , Spiked Media

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13 Jul

Radio Broadband is here!

As our valued customers here at ZARNet, we are always grateful for your contributions and input in making sure that our products and services meet your needs. We wouldn’t be in the position we are today without your business and as such, we would like to extend our sincerest gratitude for your continued support.

Based on the number of suggestions and comments that several customers have submitted to us, we are pleased to announce that Radio Broadband is finally here. Our Radio broadband aims to meet all your internet needs. We now have coverage in Harare, Bulawayo and Mutare.

Areas covered in Harare;

CBD , Belvedere ,Avondale , Mabelreign , Westgate , Marlborough , Mt Pleasant , Greendale , Msasa , Hatfield , Acadia , Graniteside , Southerton , Workington , Tynwald , Highfields , Glen Norah, Kambuzuma , Glenview , Budiriro , Kuwadzana and Dema.

Areas covered in Bulawayo;

CBD , Saurcetown , Northernd , Barbourfields , Queensdale , Mzilikazi , Kingsdale , Belmont , Sizinda , Tshabalala , Mpopoma , Westgate , Steeldale , ZITF , Southernd, Khumalo , Bradfield , Hilcrest , Ilanda and Woodlands.

About ZARNet

The Zimbabwe Academic and Research Network (ZARNet) is a statutory and grant funded institution while originally started during the 1980 Independence of Zimbabwe and formally established in 1997 by the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) (In its capacity as the lead Government Agency of the Republic of Zimbabwe), in terms of Section 24 of the Research Act of 1986 [Chapter 10:22], as amended.

Through this Act, ZARNet statutory mandate is to provide reliable and sustainable Internet Connectivity and other converged ICT solutions to the Academic, Research and Education Institutions mainly in the isolated, inaccessible, maginalised, impoverished, remote and ruralised community areas across the breadth, width and length of the ten (10) Political Provinces of the Zimbabwean landscape.  , plus any other Government establishments in Zimbabwe, on a cost recovery basis. These institutions and establishments mainly comprise of Research Institutes, Universities, Colleges, Polytechnics, Technical and Vocational Training Centres, Industrial Training Centres, Primary and Secondary Schools, Kindergartens and any other Government Entities.

Our products include; Broadband Internet (VSat, Fibre and Radio), Web Applications & Websites, Library Management System, E-Learning System, Hosting Services.

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29 Sep

ZARNet offers cheaper e-Learning broadband for rural schools

The Zimbabwe Academic and Research Network (ZARNet) was established to provide ICT and e-education solutions in the academic and research sector and educational institutions.

ZARNet is thge implementing arm of the Presidential e-learning programme, a successor programme to the Computerisation Programme, launched by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe in 2012 at Chogugudza Primary School in Mashonaland East and Landa J Nkomo High in Tsholotsho in Matabeleland.

ZARNet 4-year strategic plan is to connect 4000 schools to the internet.

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29 Sep

ZARNet acquires 51% of Portnet Software (Private) Limited

  1. The Government of Zimbabwe (through ZARNet – a 100% state-owned enterprise under the Ministry of Information Communication Technology, Postal & Courier Services) has acquired 51% of Portnet Software (Private) Limited (“Portnet Software”).
  2. Portnet Software was established in 2005 and provides the full range of SAP software services and solutions in Zimbabwe and across Africa. Portnet Software (through its lead promoters) has been involved in significant SAP projects in Zimbabwe (including the Public Finance Management System) and other African countries including Nigeria and Kenya.
  3. The acquisition provides Government of Zimbabwe (including all parastatals and state owned enterprises and private businesses) with an alternative provider of SAP solutions and services and counters the dominance of foreign owned SAP providers in Zimbabwe.
  4. This acquisition also provides a solution to the potential risks highlighted by the Minister of ICTs, Postal and Courier Services , Hon Supa Mandiwanzira, during the E-Government conference held in Nyanga in August 2015, which included the significant security risk of allowing foreign owned SAP providers to access sensitive Government information on Zimbabwe. The minister said in mischievous hands, SAP providers could be a platform for mining economic intelligence against the country.
  5. It is expected that, with the acquisition, Portnet Software will become the preferred provider of SAP solutions to Government (including all parastatals and state owned enterprises) and offer much needed competition in the private sector.
  6. Portnet Software intends to expand into other African countries leveraging on its skills and the excellent political capital that Zimbabwe, through His Excellency President Robert Mugabe, enjoys across the continent.
  7. The acquisition allows the Zimbabwe government to retain skills and jobs locally while curtailing the outflow of revenues which happens when it secures services from foreign-owned companies.

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