As the cost of data continues to soar against disposable incomes and high inflationary pressure, more Zimbabweans are dropping out of the internet with some reducing the total amount of gadgets that can connect to the internet
According to the latest Potraz sector report, national internet penetration rate declined by 2.3% to reach 60.6% in 2019 from 62.9% recorded in 2018.
“The decline in the penetration rates is largely attributable to the significant reduction in competitive promotional offerings by operators, forcing subscribers to cut down on use of multiple SIM cards as well as dwindling disposable incomes”, noted Potraz
The continuous spiral decline is likely to worsen and affect national growth as the Gross Domestic Product, (GDP) is directly impacted by every nation’s broadband growth.
Government has also not helped the situation buy continuously taxing the citizens who are importing communication gadgets with duty on ICTs, taxes affecting both consumers and service providers, discouraging sectoral growth which was once on a rise