Zimbabwe - Fixed Broadband and Digital Economy - Statistics and Analyses

Zimbabwe - Fixed Broadband and Digital Economy - Statistics and Analyses

  • June 2017 •
  • 19 pages •
  • Report ID: 4016213 •
  • Format: PDF
Considerable progress is being made in rolling out national fibre backbone networks in Zimbabwe, facilitated by the government’s efforts to encourage network infrastructure sharing. Limitations on international bandwidth are gradually being addressed, with bandwidth available increasing sharply in 2016. 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 falling from 8,930 at the end of 2014 to 6,870 by the end of 2015 and only 16 by the end of 2016.

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 2016 mobile internet connections made up 98% of all internet connections. Internet penetration increased to 53% by the end of 2016.

Key developments:

Econet Wireless launches Wi-Fi in commuter minibuses; Universal Service Fund to be used for digital migration program to progress; 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; report update includes the regulator’s market data to December 2016, telcos’ operating and financial data to February 2017, 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.

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