Zim teledensity up 4.1%
By Alfonce Mbizwo, Harare, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe’s national teledensity rate now stands at 78.8% after a 4.1% increase from the beginning of the year, according to latest figures from the Post and Telecommunications Regulation Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz).
The increase reflects progression under the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology’s five-year strategic plan to 2014, in which it targets an increase in national teledensity by 10% per year.
The teledensity measures the number of active mobile phone SIM cards and landlines as a percentage of the country’s total population.
Potraz figures show Econet Wireless, Zimbabwe’s largest mobile service provider increasing its subscriber base by 714 000, taking its numbers to 6,4 million.
But rival Telecel Zimbabwe took a 375 000 knock on its subscriber base during the first three months of the year, due to a fallout from poor connectivity during the period under review.
The company is down to 1,5 million subscribers and is now the smallest network in the country after the state-owned NetOne whose subscriber base stands at 1,6 million having gained 144 000 new users.
Another state owned entity, fixed telecommunications operator, TelOne, saw an increase of 35 119 subscribers in the first quarter to 373 000.