Zim teledensity at 74.7%
TELECOMSBy BiztechAfrica - Jan. 20, 2012, 7:47 a.m.
By Alfonce Mbizwo, Harare, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe’s teledensity rose to 74.7% at the close of 2011, according to the latest figures from the Post and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (POTRAZ).
Teledensity measures the number of active mobile phone sim cards and landlines as a percentage of the country’s total population.
Orascom’s Zimbabwe unit Telecel added on the largest number of subscribers since September last year - adding 575 000 to top 1.875 million subscribers - but Econet remains the largest mobile operator and now has 5 686 000 subscribers, up from 5.4 million in September.
State-owned NetOne also grew, adding 156 000 subscribers to its total of 1 456 000 subscribers. The latest numbers show that it is now the smallest mobile operator in the country despite being the oldest.
The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology has targeted an annual 10 percent growth in teledensity to 2015, which would ensure that almost all Zimbabweans would have telephone or mobile access.
Potraz’s figures also show that Zimbabwe’s struggling fixed telephone operator TelOne has lost thousands of subscribers between 2010 and 2011
Despite a virtual monopoly, TelOne’s subscriber base fell to 337 881 from 386 000, indicating a growing move towards mobile communications.
POTRAZ also disclosed that TelOne only has 2 600 customers on its ADSL service, despite being one of the cheapest sources of internet in the country.
TelOne charges USD30 for 30 gigabytes of data. In contrast, broadband IASP provider Africom charges USD18 for 1gig.
MORE TELECOMS NEWS
World Bank to help rehabilitate DRC telecomsDilapidated, outdated and unreliable telecommunications infrastructure in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will be rehabilitated, rebuilt and modernised. Read More
30 phone brands registered with SONThe Phone and Allied Products Dealers Association (PAPDA) at Computer Village, Lagos says it has registered 30 brands of mobile phones with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria. Read More
TNM dishes out K2.5m in Independence promotionPremier mobile telecom operator TNM has dished out K2.5m worth of Mpamba value during the first draw of its commemorative promotion as Malawi celebrates 50 years of self rule. Read More
Airtel chief explains Touching Lives initiativeAirtel Nigeria says its launch of Touching Lives, a new corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative, is meant to raise hope and inspire people. Read More
Vodacom Mozambique partners with FlytxtFlytxt, a Big Data analytics solution provider for Communication Service Providers, has announced a strategic tie up with Vodacom, Mozambique’s leading mobile network. Read More
CEC Liquid Telecom Zambia appoints new MDThe Liquid Telecom Group and Copperbelt Energy Corporation PLC have announced the appointment of Andrew Kapula as Managing Director of CEC Liquid Telecom in Zambia. Read More
MTN enhances data communications in Western and Central regionsMTN now has over 2275 2G sites and 1090 3G sites in as well as over 4000km of fibre in place in Ghana, to empower customers to do more with voice and data. Read More
NCA lifts ban on VodafoneThe National Communications Authority (NCA) has lifted the ban imposed on Vodafone Ghana. Read More
Samsung Ghana bemoans influx of fake phonesSamsung Ghana has bemoaned the influx of fake Samsung products on the Ghanaian market and called for collaboration to combat it. Read More
Tigo Ghana sales team scoops 2013 Millicommander AwardsTigo Ghana's sales team has been voted the best within the Millicom Group. Read More
FEATURED STORYWidening ICT skills gap: Cause for concern
Nigeria's FDI gains could be eroded by the widening gap in indigenous skilled ICT manpower, writes Kokumo Goodie.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHKenya rolls out e-extension to improve agriculture
In a bid to curb the overwhelmed number of agricultural extension officers in Kenya, the ministry of agriculture is embracing technology with their introduction of E-Extension services, which are aimed at reaching out to over 7 million farmers annually.
COMPANY NEWSSchneider Electric introduces Smart-UPS fifth generation range to Southern Africa
Schneider Electric has announced that two next-generation models of its Smart-UPS uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units are now available locally.VMware reports second quarter 2014 results
VMware, the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced financial results for the second quarter of 2014.New Sage ERP X3 version puts business information at your fingertips
Sage ERP Africa has announced the availability of Sage ERP X3 version 7, the latest version of its global business management solution for midsized companies.