This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Zimbabwe’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the mobile, internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media sectors. Subjects include:
Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- July 2017 (15th Edition)
Revenue from Zimbabwe’s telecom sector has come under pressure from a number of recent regulatory measures and taxes imposed by the cash-strapped government. Nevertheless, the sector shows some promise for coming years, particularly from the mobile sector where mobile penetration has increased rapidly, reaching 110% by early 2017. The three mobile network operators Econet Wireless, NetOne and Telecel Zimbabwe continue to invest in network upgrades to support data services and their expanding m-commerce and m-banking facilities. Telecel was recently acquired by the government from VEON, while the financial demands required for investment has jeopardised resources potentially available to the state-owned telco TelOne, which still holds a de-facto monopoly on fixed-line services in the country.
Limitations in international bandwidth for the landlocked country for many years held back development of the internet and broadband sectors, but this has changed since fibre optic links to several submarine cables have been established via neighbouring territories. The expansion of 3G mobile broadband services across the country, and the more recent efforts to provide LTE services, have meant that more than half of the population now has access to the internet.
The mobile market has been hampered by the poor economic climate, exacerbated by regulatory measures affecting tariffs and taxes. The regulator recently proposed floor and ceiling rates for voice and data bundles, ostensibly to help reduce the cost of services for customers. These measures will place further pressure on network operator revenue, which has fallen steadily during the last three years, with a 2.9% fall in 2016 alone.
Considerable progress is being made in rolling out national fibre backbone networks in Zimbabwe, facilitated by the government’s efforts to encourage network infrastructure sharing.
Companies mentioned in this report:
TelOne, NetOne, Econet Wireless, Telecel, TeleAccess, Afritell, DataOne, Powertel Communications, Telco Internet, Broadlands Networks, Aquiva, Africa Online, ComOne, Ecoweb, iWay Africa (MWEB), Zimbabwe Online (ZOL), Zimbabwe Internet Service Provider Association (ZISPA), Telecontract, Dandemutande (uMax), Aptics, Liquid Telecom.
Companies (Major Players)
Mobile & Wireless Broadband and Media
Mobile Communications (voice and infrastructure)
Regulations & Government Policies
Strategies & Analyses (Industry & Markets)
Number of pages 75
Last updated 3 Jul 2017
Analyst: Henry Lancaster
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