Telecel Zimbabwe, one of the 4 licensed GSM mobile operators in Zimbabwe, informed us today that the company now has 2,582,000 active mobile subscribers against a total subscriber capacity of 3.7 million. The number of active subscribers (which is as at 31 December 2012) represents a 70% increase from the 1,520,000 subscribers the company had at the beginning of last year.
The company also disclosed that the total average monthly unique mobile broadband subscribers for December 2012 stood at 552 393.
Telecel says it hopes this year to increase the number of base stations and increase its 3G footprint in selected strategic areas around the country especially in major urban centres, tourist resort areas and border towns. A spokesperson of the company also said they are targeting most of Zimbabwe’s highways in order to provide continuous road coverage. “We hope to end this financial year at about 3 850 000 total active subscribers,” said the spokesperson.
The Telecel spokesperson echoed the company’s stated goal last year of reaching 90% population coverage by the end of the year. To this end Telecel says it managed to put online a total of 157 new base stations in 2012. The base stations, said the spokesperson, are enabled for data services through GPRS or EDGE.
The information from Telecel comes just a day after Econet announced crossing the 8 million mark in active mobile subscribers.