We just got the full telecoms subscription statistics from the regulator, POTRAZ, for the 3 months ending December 2013. So, very current. There are two key things you will notice with the new stats; One is that the mobile penetration has gone past the 100% mark to the now 103.5% and the second is that fixed lines continue to drop in subscribers, this time by about 2.4%.
Mobile Penetration and Teledensity
The total number of mobile subscribers is now 13,518,887, which is 1m up from March 2013’s total of 12.6m. The total number of fixed line subscribers, according to the stats, is now 307,202 down from 314,622 in March 2013.
Zimbabwe’s current total population is 13.06 million.
The operators’ subscriber growth
Compared to the last release stats (March 2013), Econet Wireless grew the most subscribers adding 500k subscribers from 8 million in March to 8.5 million. Telecel grew the least adding just over 100k subscribers from 2.43 million in March to 2.54 million. NetOne, the government owned mobile operator added 352k subscribers growing from 2.1 million to 2.45million in the same period.
Dual SIM and multiple phones
It is worth noting that the mobile penetration rate counts the number of mobile SIM cards on the market in a given quarter and not actual unique individuals. In a country where people have multiple phones and dual SIM phones this means a much lower actual individual penetration. We’d hazard this is around 60% at the moment as no study has been done on this yet.
Now to the numbers and market share:
|Number of Subscriptions
|Total voice subscriptions