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 by almost 33% in 2018.

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. The government also owns a 60% stake in NetOne, though it has considered merging the operator with its sister company TelOne and selling a majority stake to an international investor in a bid to revitalise the market.

Key developments:

  • Regulator preps for 100 new base stations for rural areas;
  • Government enforces m-money interoperability on MNOs, changes m-money tax basis;
  • NetOne refreshes m-money service;
  • Telecel extends reach of LTE services;
  • Regulator confirms no room for a fourth mobile licensee;
  • Regulator drafts framework on MVNO licences;
  • Government begins $250 million investment to build 500 mobile towers to serve rural areas;
  • Econet expands m-commerce;
  • Telcos agree to the government's infrastructure sharing policy;
  • Report update includes the regulator's market data to December 2018, telcos' operating and financial data to August 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
  • Appendix

  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Mobile voice traffic – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 2 – Mobile market financial data – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 3 – LTE mobile internet subscribers – 2014 – 2017
  • Table 4 – Mobile data traffic sent – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 5 – Share of mobile data traffic by operator – 2016 – 2017
  • Table 6 – Econet Wireless data revenue – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 7 – Econet Wireless active mobile subscribers – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 8 – NetOne active mobile subscribers – 2011 – 2018
  • Table 9 – Telecel active mobile subscribers – 2011 – 2018
  • Table 10 – Econet Wireless EcoCash subscribers – 2011 – 2018
  • Table 11 – Econet Wireless EcoCash revenue – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 12 – Econet Wireless EcoCash transactions – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 13 – Econet Wireless EcoCash agents – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 14 –Market share of active m-money subscribers by operator – 2015 -2018
  • Table 15 – Mobile money market subscribers and agents – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 16 – Mobile money market data – 2016 – 2018
  • Table 17 – Historic - Mobile subscriptions and penetration rate in Zimbabwe – 1999 – 2009
  • Table 18 – Active mobile subscriptions – 2000 – 2008

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Base stations in service by technology – 2013 – 2018
  • Chart 2 – Market share of 2G base stations by operator – 2015 – 2018
  • Chart 3 – Market share of 3G base stations by operator – 2015 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Market share of LTE base stations by operator – 2015 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – Growth in the number of mobile subscriptions, and penetration rate – 2005 – 2019
  • Chart 6 – Growth in the number of active mobile subscriptions, and penetration rate – 2005 – 2019
  • Chart 7 – Active mobile subscriptions by operator– 2014 – 2018
  • Chart 8 – Operator market share of active mobile subscriptions – 2013 – 2018
  • Chart 9 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 10 – Econet Wireless financial data – 2010 – 2019

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Number of pages 46

Status Current

Last updated 3 Sep 2019
Update History

Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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