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

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

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 steadily in each of the four quarters of 2017.

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.

Key developments:

Government enforces m-money interoperability on MNOs;
NetOne refreshes m-money service;
Regulator to prioritise MNP by end-2018;
Telecel launches LTE in four cities before expanding footprint nationally;
Regulator confirms no room for a fourth mobile licensee;
Government proposes consolidation of its telecom assets and business units;
Regulator drafts framework on MVNO licences;
Government begins $250 million investment to build 500 mobile towers to serve rural areas;
Econet expands m-commerce;
Regulator proposes ceiling price for voice and data services;
Econet launches EcoCash Ta! tap and go payment system;
Telcos agree to the government's infrastructure sharing policy;
VEON 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 December 2017, telcos' operating and financial data to February 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

TelOne, NetOne, Econet Wireless, Telecel.


1. Synopsis
2. Market analysis
3. Mobile statistics
4. Mobile infrastructure
4.1 4G (LTE)
4.2 3G
4.3 Satellite mobile
5. Mobile data
6. Mobile broadband
7. Regulatory issues
7.1 SIM card registration
7.2 Fourth mobile licence
7.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
7.4 Network sharing
7.5 Spectrum auction
7.6 Spectrum Allocation Plan
8. Major mobile operators
8.1 Econet Wireless Zimbabwe (EWZ)
8.2 NetOne
8.3 Telecel Zimbabwe
8.3.1 Company sale
8.4 Mobile Virtual Network operators (MVNOs)
9. Mobile content and applications
9.1 Money transfer, m-banking
9.2 M-commerce
10. Mobile handsets
11. Related reports
Table 1 Mobile voice traffic 2012 - 2017
Table 2 Mobile market financial data 2010 - 2017
Table 3 Base stations in service by technology 2013 - 2017
Table 4 Market share of 2G base stations by operator 2015 - 2017
Table 5 Market share of 3G base stations by operator 2015 - 2017
Table 6 Market share of 4G base stations by operator 2015 - 2017
Table 7 Historic - Mobile subscriptions and penetration rate in Zimbabwe 1999 - 2009
Table 8 Mobile subscriptions and penetration rate in Zimbabwe 2010 - 2019
Table 9 Active mobile subscriptions 2000 - 2019
Table 10 Active mobile subscriptions by operator 2014 - 2017
Table 11 Operator market share of active mobile subscriptions 2013 - 2017
Table 12 LTE mobile internet subscribers 2014 - 2017
Table 13 Mobile data traffic sent 2012 - 2017
Table 14 Share of mobile data traffic by operator 2016 - 2017
Table 15 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 - 2018
Table 16 Econet Wireless financial data 2010 - 2018
Table 17 Econet Wireless data revenue 2010 - 2018
Table 18 Econet Wireless active mobile subscribers 2010 - 2017
Table 19 NetOne active mobile subscribers 2011 - 2017
Table 20 Telecel active mobile subscribers 2011 - 2017
Table 21 Econet Wireless EcoCash subscribers 2011 - 2018
Table 22 Econet Wireless EcoCash revenue 2013 - 2017
Table 23 Econet Wireless EcoCash transactions 2013 - 2018
Table 24 Econet Wireless EcoCash agents 2013 - 2018
Table 25 Market share of active m-money subscribers by operator 2015 -2017
Table 26 Mobile money market subscribers and agents 2013 - 2017
Table 27 Mobile money market data 2016 - 2017
Chart 1 Base stations in service by technology 2013 2017
Chart 2 Mobile subscriptions and penetration rate in Zimbabwe 2005 - 2019
Chart 3 Active mobile subscriptions by operator 2014 2017
Chart 4 Operator market share of active mobile subscriptions 2013 2017
Chart 5 Econet Wireless financial data 2010 2018

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