Zambia and Zimbabwe Telecommunications Report Q2 2018
Our core outlook remains unchanged as the Zambian and Zimbabwean telecommunications markets continue toperform in line with our forecasts. In Zambia, mobile subscriptions will grow positively out to 2022. Opportunities for new players willarise in the services sector, where businesses and utilities can be targeted more effectively. With regards to the wireline sector, webelieve access to mobile technology will hamper growth of fixed voice subscriptions in both markets. While our outlook on theZimbabwean mobile market is also positive, government intervention casts a shadow on growth prospects. The regulator’sinvolvement in the mobile market has caused private operator Econet to express complaints over favouritism towards government-backed operators. Coupled with high taxes and other fees, we believe this has had a detrimental effect on competition andinvestment, eroding operators' margins and may cause Econet to exit the market.
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