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.
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