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


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

Growth in Zimbabwe's mobile market has been hampered by the poor economic climate, exacerbated by recent regulatory measures affecting tariffs and taxes. These burdens have placed greater pressure on network operator revenue, which has jeopardised their ability to invest in necessary network upgrades. Annual revenue has fallen steadily during the last three years, with a near 18% fall in 2015 alone. Effective from January 2016, the regulator imposed a new raft of tariffs for calls and SMS, though it did respond to telcos' concerns by not enforcing the more dramatic cuts initially envisaged through to 2017. NetOne and Econet have both invested in LTE services. The sale of the financially troubled Telecel Zimbabwe was completed in mid-2016, with the government now owing the company through its ISP Zarnet.

Key developments:

Government proposes consolidation of its telecom assets and business units; regulator's plan to allow telcos to renew licences using annual payments opposed by the government; Econet expands m-commerce; regulator adjusts mobile voice tariffs effective from January 2016; Econet launches EcoCash Ta! tap and go payment system; telcos agree to the government's infrastructure sharing policy; VimpelCom 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 June 2016, telcos' operating and financial data for fiscal 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

TelOne; NetOne; Econet Wireless; Telecel.


1. Synopsis
2. Market analysis
3. Mobile statistics
3.1 Mobile data
3.2 Mobile broadband
4. Regulatory issues
4.1 SIM card registration
4.2 Fourth mobile licence
4.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
4.4 Network sharing
4.5 Spectrum auction
5. Mobile infrastructure
5.1 Digital networks
5.1.1 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
5.2 Other infrastructure developments
5.2.1 Satellite mobile
6. Major mobile operators
6.1 Econet Wireless Zimbabwe (EWZ)
6.1.1 Network infrastructure, coverage and capacity
6.1.2 Services and distribution network
6.1.3 YourFone, FreePhone
6.2 NetOne
6.2.1 Network developments
6.3 Telecel Zimbabwe
6.3.1 Network developments
6.3.2 Company sale
6.4 Mobile Virtual Network operators (MVNOs)
7. Mobile content and applications
7.1 Money transfer, m-banking
7.2 M-commerce
8. Mobile handsets
9. Related reports
Table 1 Mobile market revenue 2013 - 2016
Table 2 Base stations in service by technology 2013 - 2016
Table 5 Historic - Mobile subscriptions and penetration rate in Zimbabwe 1999 - 2009
Table 6 Mobile subscriptions and penetration rate in Zimbabwe 2010 - 2017
Table 7 Active mobile subscriptions by operator 2014 - 2016
Table 8 Active mobile subscriptions 2014 - 2015
Table 10 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 - 2016
Table 11 LTE mobile internet subscribers 2014 - 2015
Table 12 Econet Wireless financial data 2010 - 2016
Table 13 Econet Wireless data revenue 2010 - 2016
Table 14 Econet Wireless subscribers 2010 - 2016
Table 15 NetOne active mobile subscribers 2011 - 2016
Table 16 Telecel mobile subscribers 2011 - 2016
Table 18 Econet Wireless EcoCash revenue 2013 - 2016
Table 19 Econet Wireless EcoCash transactions 2013 - 2016
Table 20 Econet Wireless EcoCash agents 2013 - 2016
Table 21 M-money market share by operator 2015
Table 22 M-money market share of active subscribers by operator 2015
Table 23 Mobile money market data 2013 - 2016
Chart 1 Mobile subscriptions and penetration rate in Zimbabwe 2005 - 2017
Chart 2 Econet Wireless financial data 2010 2016
Exhibit 1 One million dollars per minute

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