Zimbabwean mobile internet traffic up 43% in Q3 & voice minutes up 19%

Zimbabwean mobile internet and data traffic rose 43 percent in the third quarter that ended 30 September 30, according to the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) report. Zimbabwean mobile internet traffic
It said growth will continue due to reliance on the Internet for business purposes. Traffic grew by 43 percent to 14,878 TB from 10,407 TB in the second quarter of 2020.
The Republic of Zimbabwe has three mobile providers:
  • Econet Wireless.
  • NetOne Cellular.
  • Telecel.

Zimbabwean mobile phone revenue up 194% in Q3 Zimbabwean mobile internet traffic

Zimbabwean mobile network operators’ revenue increased by 194 percent to USD 8.9 billion in the third quarter to 30 September from USD 3 billion in the previous quarter, according to the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ).
Its report shows operating costs rose during the period under review as the sector was not spared from inflationary pressures affecting the economy.


Zimbabwe becomes one of the few African countries with 5G

Zimbabwe’s telcos continue to be affected by the country’s poor economy. This has been exacerbated by the significant economic difficulties related to the pandemic. Revenue has also been under pressure from a number of recent regulatory measures and additional taxes imposed by the cash-strapped government. Inflation has become so high that year-on-year revenue comparisons since 2019 have been difficult to assess meaningfully.

The three MNOs Econet Wireless, NetOne and Telecel Zimbabwe continue to invest in network upgrades, partly supported by government efforts and cash released from the Universal Service Fund. 

    • The revenue share of Digital Video Games amounts to 25.2% in 2021.
    • The internet penetration in Zimbabwe is forecast to amount to 63.0% in 2026.
    • The mobile phone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in Zimbabwe are forecast to amount to 85 in 2026.
    • The number of fixed-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in Zimbabwe is estimated to amount 2 in 2026.

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