Zimbabwe Mobile Penetration Declines.

Zimbabwe mobile penetration has continued to rise as millions are jumping on the connectivity bandwagon, closely inching a 13 million milestone of active subscribers, while the national overall mobile penetration has gone down. 

According to latest 2017, first quarter Potraz results,  Abridged Sector Perfomance report 1st Quarter 2017 (1)Zimbabwe Active mobile subscriptions totalled 12,977,315 in the quarter under review. This represents a 0.8% increase from 12,878,926 recorded in the fourth quarter of 2016.

An active mobile line is one which has been used to make or receive a call and/or send or receive a message at least once in the past 90 days. Using the 2017 population figure of 13,727,493 as per projections by ZIMSTAT, the mobile penetration rate was 94.5%.

This represents a 0.3% decline from 94.8% recorded in the previous quarter. Active and total subscriptions per operator are given
in table 3 below.

Total mobile voice traffic declined by 8.9% to record 833,557,542 minutes from 914,842,510 minutes recorded in the fourth quarter of 2016. Mobile voice traffic is broken down by
category in table 5 below:


As shown above, most voice traffic categories experienced reduction in volumes with mobileoff-net experiencing the biggest decline of 13.2%. There was also a general decline in SMS traffic in the period under review as shown in the table below.

The substitution of traditional voice and SMS with Over-the-Top (OTT) services text and voice is attributed to the general decline in voice and SMS traffic. On the other hand mobile internet and data utilisation increased by 4.7% to record 2,688,410GB from 2,567,401GB recorded in the previous quarter

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