Zimbabwe Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Statistics and Analyses 2018: Zimbabwes Telecoms Regulator and Broadcasting Authority is Set to Merge – ResearchAndMarkets.com

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “Zimbabwe
– Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband – Statistics and Analyses”

report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments
in Zimbabwe’s telecommunications market. the report analyses the
fixed-line, mobile and broadband sectors.

Zimbabwe’s economy has seen a downturn since the fractious elections of
July 2013, resulting in a significant fall in GDP growth. the
contribution to GDP from the telecom sector has fallen steadily as a
result. Sector revenue has also come under pressure from a number of
recent regulatory measures and taxes imposed by the cash-strapped
government. Nevertheless, the telecom sector shows some promise,
particularly from the mobile sector where mobile penetration has
increased rapidly, reaching 116% by early 2018.

The three mobile network operators Econet Wireless, NetOne and Telecel
Zimbabwe continue to invest in network upgrades to support data services
and their fast-expanding m-commerce and m-banking facilities. Telecel
was recently acquired by the government from VEON, and the financial
demands required for investment has jeopardised resources potentially
available to the incumbent telco TelOne, (formerly PTC), which still
holds a de-facto monopoly on fixed-line services in the country.

Limitations in international bandwidth for the landlocked country for
many years held back the development of the internet and broadband
sectors, but this has changed since fibre optic links to several
submarine cables have been established via neighbouring territories. the
expansion of 3G mobile broadband services across the country, and the
more recent efforts to provide LTE services have meant that more than
half of the population now has access to the internet. the first
commercial LTE services were launched in 2013, while investment in LTE
technologies, for which the regulator has assigned spectrum in the
700MHz band, continues. In addition, in mid-2018 the government
considered issuing technology-neutral licences in a bid to encourage
investment in the telecom sector.

Considerable progress continues to be made in rolling out national fibre
backbone networks, facilitated by the government’s efforts to encourage
network infrastructure sharing. Limitations on international bandwidth
are gradually being addressed, with bandwidth available to ISPs
increasing sharply. This has greatly reduced the cost of broadband
services and encouraged the growth in the number of broadband
subscribers. the shift to broadband continues, with the number of
dial-up subscribers becoming negligible.

Continuous improvements in national and international fibre
infrastructure as well as in 3G and 4G services have raised Zimbabwe’s
internet and broadband performance indicators in recent years. Mobile
internet connections make up 98% of all internet connections.

Key Developments:

  • Telecoms regulator and broadcasting authority set to merge;
  • Draft legislation issued to repeal Post and Telecommunications Act;
  • Regulator proposes to create a new Virtual Network Operator (VNO)
    license category;
  • TelOne to deliver FttP to 100,000 premises by end-2018;
  • Telcos agree to the government’s infrastructure sharing policy;
  • VEON sells debt-laden unit Telecel to state-owned ISP Zarnet;
  • Telecel Zimbabwe launches Telecash mobile money service;
  • Econet Wireless launches Wi-Fi in commuter minibuses;
  • Government enforces m-money interoperability on MNOs;
  • NetOne refreshes m-money service;
  • Regulator to prioritise MNP by end-2018;
  • Regulator confirms no room for a fourth mobile licensee;
  • Regulator drafts framework on MVNO licences;
  • Government begins $250 million investment to build 500 mobile towers
    to serve rural areas;
  • Econet launches EcoCash Ta! tap and go payment system;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data to December 2017,
    telcos’ operating and financial data to February 2018, recent market
    developments.

Companies Mentioned

  • Africa Online
  • Afritell
  • Aptics
  • Aquiva
  • Broadlands Networks
  • ComOne
  • Dandemutande (uMax)
  • DataOne
  • Econet
  • Ecoweb
  • iWay Africa (MWEB)
  • Liquid Telecom
  • NetOne
  • Powertel Communications
  • Telco Internet
  • TeleAccess
  • Telecel
  • Telecontract
  • TelOne
  • Zimbabwe Internet Service Provider Association (ZISPA)
  • Zimbabwe Online (ZOL)

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