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Starlink Zimbabwe Partner IMC Hires Former ZOL Boss

IMC Communications, the company granted the contract to distribute Starlink in Zimbabwe, has named Denny Marandure, a seasoned tech executive, as its Managing Director. This appointment comes as IMC gears up to launch the Starlink service in Zimbabwe in the third quarter of this year.

Marandure brings with him extensive experience, having previously served as the CEO of Liquid Intelligent Technologies’ division in Tanzania and Zanzibar since 2021. Prior to this role, he held the position of CEO at ZOL (now Liquid Home) from 2014 to 2019. IMC expressed that they chose Marandure due to his successful track record at ZOL, particularly in deploying fibre-to-the-home technology in Zimbabwe.

“Denny brings a lot of passion, value, unique leadership qualities and energy to the internet service sector and we have no doubt that under his stewardship, Starlink will be a game changer in the ISP sector in Zimbabwe and will play a pivotal role in achieving the vision 2030 as outlined by President Mnangagwa,” IMC said in a statement. The company plans to start selling Starlink in Zimbabwe in the third quarter of 2024.

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IMC, tied to scandal-hit businessman Wicknell Chivayo, was unknown in the tech space until President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Twitter account announced it as the “sole and exclusive local partner” of Starlink in Zimbabwe in May. In December last year, another local ISP, Dandemutande, had announced that it had reached an agreement with Starlink “to be able to resell their services in the country” once the SpaceX company had been licensed, adding to the mystery around IMC’s involvement.

Starlink uses distributors to reach business customers in some of the markets it operates. Among these are Paratus, which distributes Starlink kits in Zambia and Mozambique, and Karibu Connect, the Starlink reseller in Kenya. Competition in providing satellite connectivity is increasing. In May, Liquid Intelligent Technologies announced a distribution partner agreement with Eutelsat Group to distribute Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite services in Africa. This service will rival Starlink, especially for business customers in Africa.

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