The draft policy framework document presented last week by the Ministry of ICT yesterday had some interesting stats on the state of the ICT industry in Zimbabwe. The statistics cover mobile penetration, fixed telephony, mobile broadband penetration and the amount of incoming and outgoing international bandwidth. We thought to share some of that data here, especially the mobile broadband subscribers. These statistics were provided by Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz).
The mobile internet subscribers stats cover only the GSM mobile operators, Econet, NetOne and Telecel. We’re guessing the CDMA operators (mainly Africom, PowerTel and Broadacom) don’t have numbers significant enough to be included here, or someone at POTRAZ incorrectly doesn’t consider them mobile operators.
That nonetheless, according to the stats as of August 2012, Econet Wireless accounted for 2,159,694 mobile internet subscribers, Telecel Zimbabwe 54,328 and NetOne, 11,873. That makes a total of 2,225,895 mobile broadband subscribers in Zimbabwe, about 18% of Zimbabwe’s population estimate.
According to the statistics, just 3 years ago the mobile broadband subscribers were just 1% of the country’s population.