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Zimbabwe’s Internet and data penetration rate increased by 0.5% to reach 63.1% from 62.6% recorded in the third quarter of 2021 due to the growth in active Internet and data subscriptions.
Presenting the 2021 fourth Quarter annual report, Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) Director-General Dr Gift Kallisto Machengete attributed the surge to growth in active subscriptions and data subscriptions.
” The total number of active Internet and data subscriptions as of 31 December 2021 was 9,526,421. This represents a 2.3% growth from 9,316,180 recorded as of 30 September 2021″
“VSAT had considerable growth in active subscriptions as it has become the preferred medium for connecting educational and health institutions in remote areas. CDMA and DSL subscriptions were the only two categories to record a decline. CDMA subscriptions have been showing a declining trend over the past year. Corporate as well as household Fibre subscriptions have
been consistently increasing,” the report said.
According to 2020 annual report active internet and data subscriptions grew by 0.4% to reach 8,875,649 in 2020 from 8,836,299 subscriptions recorded in 2019,” the report said.
The internet penetration rate reached 60.9% in 2020 from 60.6% recorded in 2019.