Zimbabwe - Fixed Broadband and Digital Economy - Statistics and Analyses
Several data carriers have been licensed to operate in Zimbabwe, and are rolling out national fibre backbone networks. However, limitations of international bandwidth have meant that the broadband market has remained underdeveloped while services remain relatively expensive. Cybercafes provide public access to those who cannot afford a monthly subscription. The shift to broadband continues, with the number of dial-up subscribers falling from 8,930 at the end of 2014 to 6,870 by the end of 2015.
Continuous improvements in national and international fibre infrastructure as well as 3G and 4G mobile broadband services have raised Zimbabwe's internet and broadband performance indicators in recent years. By the end of 2015 mobile internet connections made up 95.6% of all internet connections. The number of LTE connections grew 374% in the year, reflecting the efforts made by Econet and NetOne in rolling out LTE base stations. Internet penetration increased to 48.1% by the end of 2015.
TelOne planning to deliver FttP to 100,000 premises by 2018; government acquires Telecel, proposes consolidation of its telecom assets and business units; telcos agree to the government's infrastructure sharing policy; TelOne providing satellite broadband with Avanti Communications; renegotiated USF contribution hampering the regulators ability to resource mobile and broadband projects; report update includes the regulator's market data to December 2015, telcos' operating and financial data for fiscal 2016, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report:
TelOne; Econet; 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.