Financial Gazette 10 July 2018
HARARE – Zimbabwe’s mobile penetration rate declined by 18,1 percent to
84,6 percent in the first quarter of 2018 from 102,7 percent recorded in
previous comparable period, latest data show.
Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz)
director general Gift Machengete attributed the slump to a 16,8 percent
decrease in active mobile subscriptions during the period.
“…there are some subscribers who just buy lines and do not use them,” he
said, adding “NetOne has the major discrepancies on its database”.
Figures released by Potraz show that NetOne’s active subscriber base
declined by 47 percent from 4 957 478 to 2 634 137 after the clean-up
Telecel also lost 12 percent of its subscribers during the quarter under
Consequently, the total number of active mobile subscriptions as at March
31, 2018 was 11 728 478. This represents a 16,8 percent decline from 14
092,104 recorded in the last quarter of 2017.
Machengete noted that the active Internet penetration rate increased by
1,3 percent to reach 52,1 percent in the first quarter of 2018 from 50,8
percent recorded in the last quarter of 2017 following a 3,6 percent
increase in active internet subscriptions.
“Total mobile voice traffic decreased by one percent to record 1,10
billion minutes in the first quarter of 2018 from 1,12 billion minutes
recorded in the last quarter of 2017,” he said, adding that international
incoming voice traffic increased by 2,4 percent from 39,7 million minutes
recorded in the previous quarter to 40,6 million minutes in the first
quarter of 2018.
“International outgoing voice traffic registered a six percent growth from
19,5 million minutes recorded in the last quarter of 2017, to 20,8 million
minutes in the first quarter of 2018 due to improved business activities
in the country,” Machengete said.
In the period under review, inbound roaming traffic increased by 10
percent to 1,8 million minutes from 1,6 million minutes recorded in the
last quarter of 2017.
However, outbound roaming traffic decreased by eight percent to record
741,482 minutes in the first quarter of 2018, from 803,117 minutes
recorded in the last quarter of 2017.
Data from the telecommunications regulator also revealed that total fixed
voice traffic decreased by 15,5 percent to record 105 million minutes in
the first quarter from 124 million minutes recorded in the last three
months of last year.
Machengete also highlighted that revenues by mobile operators decreased by
5,8 percent to record $244,7 million in the first quarter of 201 from
$259,7 million at December 31, 2017.
“Data and Internet services contributed more to total fixed revenue than
voice services,” he said.
– The Financial Gazette