Zimbabwe telecoms, mobile and broadband report 2019

By Staff reporter | 22 May 2019 at 23:56hrs
The "Zimbabwe - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Zimbabwe's telecommunications market. The report analyses the fixed-line, mobile and broadband sectors.

Revenue from Zimbabwe's telecom sector has come under pressure from a number of recent regulatory measures and taxes imposed by the cash-strapped government. Nevertheless, the sector shows some promise for the coming years, particularly from the mobile segment where active mobile penetration has increased rapidly, reaching 93% by early 2019. The three mobile network operators Econet Wireless, NetOne and Telecel Zimbabwe continue to invest in network upgrades to support data services and their fast-expanding m-commerce and m-banking facilities.

The government in April 2019 outlined its plans to merge TelOne and NetOne and sell off a majority stake in the operator as part of a wider plan to offset state debt.

Limitations in international bandwidth for the landlocked country for many years held back the development of the internet and broadband sectors, but this has changed since fibre optic links to several submarine cables were established via neighbouring territories. The expansion of 3G and LTE-based mobile broadband services have meant that more than half of the population now has access to the internet. Investment in fixed broadband infrastructure has also resulted in a slow but steady growth in the number of DSL connections, as also in fibre subscriptions.

Key Developments:

    Telcos agree to the government's infrastructure sharing policy
    TelOne providing satellite broadband with Avanti Communications
    The government enforces m-money interoperability on MNOs, changes m-money tax basis
    NetOne refreshes m-money service
    Regulator confirms no room for a fourth mobile licensee
    Regulator drafts framework on MVNO licences
    Government begins $250 million investment to build 500 mobile towers to serve rural areas
    Econet expands m-commerce
    Government considers merging TelOne with NetOne and selling a majority stake in the two
    Draft legislation issued to repeal Post and Telecommunications Act
    Regulator proposes to create a new Virtual Network Operator (VNO) license category
    Report update includes the regulator's market data to December 2018, telcos' operating and financial data to August 2018, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, recent market developments

Key Topics Covered:

1. Key statistics

    Country overview

2. Telecommunications market

    Historical overview
    Market analysis
    Regional Africa Market Comparison
    TMI vs GDP
    Mobile and mobile broadband
    Fixed and mobile broadband

3. Regulatory environment

    Sector Reform Policy 1996
    Posts and Telecommunications Act 2000
    Telecom sector liberalisation
    SNO licence
    Regulatory authority
    Licence fees
    ICT Strategy 2010
    ICT Strategy 2015
    National Policy for ICT Act 2016
    International gateways, interconnection
    Value-added tax (VAT)
    Universal Service Fund (USF)
    Subscriber registration
    Infrastructure sharing
    Converged Licensing Framework (CLF)

4. Fixed network operators

    Fixed-line infrastructure
    Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
    National fibre backbone
    TeleAccess Zimbabwe

5. Telecommunications infrastructure

    Overview of the national telecom network
    Smart grid infrastructure
    International infrastructure
    Liquid Telecom (Econet)
    Other carriers
    Data centres
    Internet Exchange Point (IXP)

6. Broadband market

    Introduction and statistical overview
    Market analysis
    Broadband statistics
    Zimbabwe Internet Exchange (ZINX)
    National Broadband Project
    Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Networks
    ISP market
    Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)
    Other fixed broadband services
    Satellite broadband

7. Digital economy


8. Mobile communications

    Market analysis
    Mobile statistics
    Mobile infrastructure
    4G (LTE)
    Satellite mobile
    Mobile data
    Mobile broadband
    Regulatory issues
    SIM card registration
    Fourth mobile licence
    Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    Network sharing
    Spectrum auction
    Spectrum Allocation Plan
    Major mobile operators
    Econet Wireless Zimbabwe (EWZ)
    Telecel Zimbabwe
    Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    Mobile content and applications
    Money transfer, m-banking

Companies Mentioned

    Africa Online
    Broadlands Networks
    Dandemutande (uMax)
    Econet Wireless
    iWay Africa (MWEB)
    Liquid Telecom
    Powertel Communications
    Telco Internet
    Zimbabwe Online (ZOL)



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