Telecel Zimbabwe reportedly increased their active mobile subscribers!
Really! Is this true that we have 1 670 new subscribers that have joined Telecel Zimbabwe, making it 727,094 active subscribers. What has motivated these few subscribers to activate and use to record (even very insignificant) such a growth.
Fro the Potraz report, the only positive pointer registered about Telecel Zimbabwe is them increasing with a 0,2% growth in active mobile telephone subscriptions in the quarter under review, reaching 727 094 from 725 42 recorded in the 3rd quarter of 2020.
The information needs to be verified that all the mobile operators recorded an increase in active subscriptions.
Last week, yours truly was not amused by information presented by mobile network operator Netone to Potraz. This report must be fool proof and fact checked as it gives the sector its direction and trajectory.
TechnoMag has a mandate to make sure that the information consumers are fed with is accurate, consistent and verifiable, which operators can not simply fool the reader.
We are yet to receive a response from NetOne after we pointed out serious variations in their submissions to the Potraz, yes we called it a lie because it simply did not add up, but if we are found to be wrong, we will retract and update more accurately.
Now it seems another state controlled enterprise Telecel is not so clear with their details too.
There is not much going on at Telecel Zimbabwe, except that they are still keeping their prices fairly competitive and products a bit creative, however service delivery is still poor due to incapacitation, lack of funding and poor infrastructure to introduce anything that can really stimulate ACTIVE growth.
Telecel Zimbabwe has only 2446 base stations in Zimbabwe, of these they have not installed any new LTE base stations in the last 6 months and are only operating with 17 LTE base stations available in few towns and cities.
The question is what then may have triggered the increase and how did this ACTIVE Subscriber base affect their revenue and traffic, if at all it happened.
According to the Potraz report, Econet and Netone have 726 and 343 base stations respectively.Meanwhile Telecel has the lowest number of base stations 17 compared even to the second lowest netone which has 3443 which dwarfs everything Telecel is said to have attained.
The biggest problem here is on the recording of active mobile subscribers while these are not tallying with any corresponding growth.The truth is our dear former telecomms giant Telecel you dropped your voice traffic market share from 2,3% to 2,1% and how can this be recorded against an increase of active voice subscribers in the same period.
If Telecel Zimbabwe gained 0.2% in active voice subscribers, how come they are losing 0.2 in market share?
Well some may argue that Telecel has the best priced data products hence they are driving revenue and growth from data based products, well this does not support active mobile subscribers, but should it affect, they have recorded a major deep as well.
Telecel recorded a major decrease in internet and data traffic.It is blatant lies from telecel when reports on the ground say in the 3rd quarter of 2020 the dipped from 1.2% to 0,6% in the 4th quarter of 2020.So what Telecel should be telling us is that they lost market share of 0,6 % hence declined in consumption no gain whatsover.
On mobile Money Telecash lost 72% of their subscribers, the figures are just so bad to try and pick up any growth from mobile money players.
Considering telecash actually took a nosedive from active mobile money subscriptions of 19 198 in the 3rd quarter of 2020 on a downward spirasl of 5222 in the 4th quarter of 2020 a variance of minus 72,8% is clear testimony telecel are not telling us the truth.
The big question however still remains, if Telecel Zimbabwe recorded active mobile subscribers, what were these subscribers really actively doing because there is not any recorded growth anywhere else except on subscribers.
Next week we will do an in-depth into Econet Wireless submissions as well, should we flag anything , definitely you must look out to an interestingly analysis, otherwise for this one , it raises more questions than answers.
Hopefully we will get the answers!