We recently enquired from the POTRAZ the 3rd quarter mobile subscriber statistics for Zimbabwe. The figures they gave us are as follows:
- Econet: 5.4 million
- Telecel: 1.3 million
- NetOne: 1.3 million
The significant change from the previous quarter is that by Econet Wireless Zimbabwe which has jumped from 4.2 million to 5.4 million subscribers, a 29% increase. State owned operator NetOne has remained stagnant at 1.3 million, while Telecel Zimbabwe has increased slightly by 8% from 1.2 million to 1.3 million mobile subscribers.
According to these stats, the country’s mobile penetration has jumped from 53.5% to 63.9%.
During September, Econet announced that it expected to reach 6 million subscribers by end of the month. Later in the month, the company told analysts it had reached 5.6 million subscribers. It’s difficult to know which is the exact but we’ll use the POTRAZ figure for now.
POTRAZ gets its stats from the mobile operators. According to the POTRAZ official we spoke to, the figures represent active SIM cards in the quarter.