Opportunities

Matamba Anonaka is pursuing investment into five distinct areas in Zimbabwe’s telecom sector.

They are:-

  1. Mobile Voice and Data Services
  2. Government Project Implementation
  3. Location Based Technology Services
  4. Investing in existing ICT Companies and Greenfield Projects
  5. Telecommunications Infrastructure

These are described in more details below:

Mobile Voice and Data Services

  • Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO): Demand for telecommunications services have grown considerably in the past 3 years. Zimbabwe’s 3 licensed GSM
    mobile operators the fixed line operator (offering CDMA WLL services) have to find innovative strategies to either maintain their dominance or grow their foot print. In excess of 95% of subscribers are on the pre-paid platform and all three mobile operators have GPRS and 3G capabilities at various stages of commercial launch. 

    Matamba Anonaka has identified tangible opportunities to offer MVNO services in Zimbabwe. An MVNO offers networks a highly flexible opportunity to address niche sectors of the market through the introduction of new brands, distribution models and value-added services.

  • ISPs: The provision of managed communication solutions and direct Internet connectivity complements our other initiatives, and is consistent with our goal being to address IT users’ needs with a strategic approach backed by technical expertise. We are currently pursuing identified opportunities in the ISP sector.

Government Project Implementation

With the promise of political stabilisation, the International Donor Community is slowly releasing Aid Funding to revitalise Zimbabwe’s devastated economy. However, there is still a very real need to ensure that funds go to the right sector at the right time.

The Ministry of Information Communication Technology (MICT) has laid out the Government’s goals for the next five years.

Their Vision is “To act as a catalyst for national socio-economic growth thereby propelling Zimbabwe into a knowledge-based society with ubiquitous connectivity by 2015”

MICT have mapped out 19 projects to implement over the period with a proposed budget of circa US$ 250 million. Seven of these projects being:

“One PC Per Classroom Project” : Budget = US$ 138.4m
“ICT Capacity Development Project” : Budget = US$ 3.2m
“Government ICT Equipment Service Centre” : Budget = US$ 1.0m
“Community Information Centres” : Budget = US$ 22.5m
“e-Skills Retention Strategy” : Budget = US$ 10.0m
“National Digital Archives and Computerization Programme” : Budget = US$ 80.0m
“ICT Technology Parks” : Budget = (TBA)

 

Matamba Anonaka is fully supportive of the goals above and provides independent project management and ongoing management skills. Our existing management systems, links with international sources of finance and project management skills complies with donor requirements in terms of accountability and management.

  • One PC per Classroom: “… literacy and availability of ICT resources at all levels of education. With more than 8000 schools, and a population that is more than 90% literate, this strong educational base will give an enormous amount of leverage to a country that is striving to take its rightful place in the competitive global village.”
  • Establishment of rural information Centres: “The project seeks to establish comprehensive Information Centers countrywide… The information Centre will provide for several ICT related services such as internet access, email services, telephone, photocopying, printing, faxing, access to newspapers, and general secretarial and ICT related services.”
  • ComTainer-Lab: MATHs has developed a solution to provide National access to IT education and resources through an innovative product: ComTainer-Labs. A ComTainer-Lab is a refurbished 40‘ Container, converted into a PC Lab for use by schools during the mornings and doubles as a community centre/internet cafe at other times Matamba Anonaka’s ComTainer-Lab solution overcomes a number of major shortcomings associated with financing and delivering a “classroom in a box”
    • funds are invested directly into the infrastructure required
    • our strategy is consistent with Millennium Development Goals
    • the mandated objectives of the major donors are met
    • the project is highly scalable.
    • Each unit is remotely monitored and managed to ensure a sustainable and profitable operating model is maintained by the entrepreneur

Location Based Tech Services

High Tech Office Park Development: As Zimbabwe’s economic situation recovers, the shortage of managed office facilities or short-term fully serviced and wired office spaces in Zimbabwe becomes more prevalent.

Rentals in Zimbabwe are currently depressed and supply of good quality office accommodation limited. Demand is expected to rise quickly. Furthermore, The Ministry of Information Technology and Communications wishes to develop high-tech office facilities and has earmarked sites in Zimbabwe that will be made available to investors in this sector for long leases at extremely competitive rates.

Matamba Anonaka is pursuing investment opportunities in this sector to capitalize on identified growth potential.

Investing in existing ICT Companies and Greenfield Projects

The demand for enterprise level IT goods and services is growing strongly in Zimbabwe as investment increases. However none of the large corporate Systems integrators (representing major international IT brands) are currently represented in Zimbabwe directly.

Authorized Vendor representation for large systems integration will be key to succeeding in the Government, NGO, and multinational tender arena. Matamba Anonaka has identified opportunities to leverage this opportunity in Zimbabwe.

Matamba Anonaka is playing a strategic role in consolidating Zimbabwean ICT companies are generally starved of capital and comprise small isolated entities in need of professional management and technical skills.

Telecommunications Infrastructure

  • Base Station Infrastructure: Our strategic relationships in the telecoms sector and insight into the future business models provides Matamba Anonaka a unique opportunity to leverage fully our ICT investments with our role as an independent operator of base station passive infrastructure. The ownership of base station infrastructure by independent companies is legislated elsewhere in the World and an evolution of this regulatory strategy would be consistent with the Ministry of Information Technology and Communications 5-year plan to improve service delivery throughout Zimbabwe.Matamba Anonaka notes that all three Zimbabwean telecoms operators own and maintain their own individual base stations and are currently reluctant to negotiate for shared usage with each other. Currently no one operator is able to cover 100% of Zimbabwe – there are large gaps in service particularly in the more rural areas. We intend to pursue to opportunities provided by this market structure to promote efficient telephony services across Zimbabwe.