Zimbabwe - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Growth in Zimbabwe’s mobile market has been hampered by the poor economic climate, exacerbated by taxes and recent measures affecting tariffs on calls and SMS services. The regulator has also proposed a ceiling price for voice and data bundles. Although these burdens have placed greater pressure on network operators, revenue grew steadily in each of the four quarters of 2017.

The sale of the financially troubled Telecel Zimbabwe was completed in mid-2016, with the government now owing the company through its ISP Zarnet. Organisational changes within the company have caused havoc, leading many subscribers to churn to the other two providers.

Key developments:

  • Government enforces m-money interoperability on MNOs;
  • NetOne refreshes m-money service;
  • Regulator to prioritise MNP by end-2018;
  • Telecel launches LTE in four cities before expanding footprint nationally;
  • Regulator confirms no room for a fourth mobile licensee;
  • Government proposes consolidation of its telecom assets and business units;
  • Regulator drafts framework on MVNO licences;
  • Government begins $250 million investment to build 500 mobile towers to serve rural areas;
  • Econet expands m-commerce;
  • Regulator proposes ceiling price for voice and data services;
  • Econet launches EcoCash Ta! tap and go payment system;
  • Telcos agree to the government's infrastructure sharing policy;
  • VEON sells debt-laden unit Telecel to state-owned ISP Zarnet for $40 million;
  • Telecel Zimbabwe launches Telecash mobile money service;
  • Government increases licensing tax, imposes additional levies and a customs tax on mobile handset sales;
  • Report update includes the regulator's market data to December 2017, telcos' operating and financial data to February 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

TelOne, NetOne, Econet Wireless, Telecel.

Table of Contents

  • Market analysis

  • Mobile statistics

  • Mobile infrastructure

    • 4G (LTE)
    • 3G
    • Satellite mobile
  • Mobile data

  • Mobile broadband

  • Regulatory issues

    • SIM card registration
    • Fourth mobile licence
    • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • Network sharing
    • Spectrum auction
    • Spectrum Allocation Plan
  • Major mobile operators

    • Econet Wireless Zimbabwe (EWZ)
    • NetOne
    • Telecel Zimbabwe
      • Company sale
    • Mobile Virtual Network operators (MVNOs)
  • Mobile content and applications

    • Money transfer, m-banking
    • M-commerce
  • Mobile handsets

  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Mobile voice traffic – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 2 – Mobile market financial data – 2010 – 2017
  • Table 3 – Base stations in service by technology – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 4 – Market share of 2G base stations by operator – 2015 – 2017
  • Table 5 – Market share of 3G base stations by operator – 2015 – 2017
  • Table 6 – Market share of 4G base stations by operator – 2015 – 2017
  • Table 7 – Historic - Mobile subscriptions and penetration rate in Zimbabwe – 1999 – 2009
  • Table 8 – Mobile subscriptions and penetration rate in Zimbabwe – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 9 – Active mobile subscriptions – 2000 – 2019
  • Table 10 – Active mobile subscriptions by operator– 2014 – 2017
  • Table 11 – Operator market share of active mobile subscriptions – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 12 – LTE mobile internet subscribers – 2014 – 2017
  • Table 13 – Mobile data traffic sent – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 14 – Share of mobile data traffic by operator – 2016 – 2017
  • Table 15 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 16 – Econet Wireless financial data – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 17 – Econet Wireless data revenue – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 18 – Econet Wireless active mobile subscribers – 2010 – 2017
  • Table 19 – NetOne active mobile subscribers – 2011 – 2017
  • Table 20 – Telecel active mobile subscribers – 2011 – 2017
  • Table 21 – Econet Wireless EcoCash subscribers – 2011 – 2018
  • Table 22 – Econet Wireless EcoCash revenue – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 23 – Econet Wireless EcoCash transactions – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 24 – Econet Wireless EcoCash agents – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 25 –Market share of active m-money subscribers by operator – 2015 -2017
  • Table 26 – Mobile money market subscribers and agents – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 27 – Mobile money market data – 2016 – 2017

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Base stations in service by technology – 2013 – 2017
  • Chart 2 – Mobile subscriptions and penetration rate in Zimbabwe – 2005 – 2019
  • Chart 3 – Active mobile subscriptions by operator– 2014 – 2017
  • Chart 4 – Operator market share of active mobile subscriptions – 2013 – 2017
  • Chart 5 – Econet Wireless financial data – 2010 – 2018

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Broadband Fixed
Companies (Major Players)
Mobile & Wireless Broadband and Media
Mobile Communications (voice and infrastructure)

Number of pages 47

Status Current

Last updated 19 Jul 2018
Update History

Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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