The new data prices have hit Zimbos harder than the army of the dead hit Winterfell and a lot of us are going to have to change our approach when it comes to browsing on the internet using mobile data.
Two days ago I stumbled onto an interesting conversation between two local entrepreneurs who happen to be the founders of Fresh In A Box, Lytee along with eCharges and Zimex App.
The two had an interesting thread with suggestions regarding how mobile network operators can continue charging their normal prices whilst allowing subscribers to access local content for less.
Here are the thoughts shared by Zimex Founder Washington Mkombodzi:
Woke up this morning seeing a great idea from Kuda @
begottensun to ask @econetzimbabwe @Telecel_Zim @NetOneCellular to introduce a cheaper local data bundle. Here is a thread why I think it’s important to have local bundle now.
The new bundles have made data very expensive 4 many zimbos & will make it difficult for locals 2 produce content & users to consume it. The previous bundles made it affordable 4 a lot of people to consume e internet and even new users to appreciate the usefulness of it.
Recently we started to see high video views of local video content, new apps developed, novels were written, startups created, local memes. With the new bundles, this progress is going be reversed unless something is done about it.
The new bundles will see less people sharing local videos i.e bustoptv @bustoptv , Lumumba show @acielumumba on whatsapp or youtube. But if bustop tv or other content creators create local websites that can be accessed cheaply it will greatly help local content creation.
Why is Local Content important Biggest reason is, it creates jobs for actors, local developers, local startups, authors, musicians etc. A good example is freshinabox a local internet business, it has created new jobs for a number of people from farmers, accountants, drivers.
In Zimbabwe a single job creation is important and we need as mny avenues as possible to create jobs. Imagine if people start failing to access the internet because its expensive how mny opportunities will be missed. Please lets critically think about this.
A lot of us are discovering local content thru the internet. How did u find out about Winky D @winkydonline new song imajeni, I bet it was thru the internet. Imajeni now how expensive data is now, how are we going consume our local content we love so much.
We need a local bundle 2 access news sites like @WeArePindula @Techzim. Browse online markets like ZimexApp. Buy online from @FreshInABox @PaynowZW & Easily access apps like eCharges that simplify our lives. With this bundle, a lot more local innovation will come.
I suggest service providers bundle free local data when a person buys airtime or any of their services or completely introduce a local bundle like the WhatsApp bundle that can be cheaply purchased to browse locals websites and apps.
The will greatly promote local innovation and content. More people will be able to publish videos, tutorials, books, distribute new songs, develop locals apps, create memes and jokes that make us laugh a lot and be proud of being a zimbo.
This will greatly promote local innovation and content. More people will be able to publish videos, tutorials, books, distribute new songs, develop locals apps, create memes and jokes that make us laugh a lot and be proud of being a zimbo.
Washington via Twitter
Kuda Musasiwa also shared a thread of the conversation the two guys had:
This will definitely be a good idea to incentivize local content and allow zimbos to continue playing around with the internet. For a long time, our local apps haven’t gained much ground but if access to them is much cheaper than before there would be an incentive for both creators and users to swarm these platforms. Only then can platforms like Buddie Beatz, eMbare and a bunch of others become mainstays on our mobile devices…