Comparison of mobile broadband tariffs in Zimbabwe

   

Here’s a comparison of the tariffs of the mobile broadband services offered by Mobile Operators In Zimbabwe. We have included both the traditional GSM mobile operators, Telecel, Econet and NetOne, as well as new emerging mobile operators Africom and PowerTel. First we post the comparison, some notes to make sense of the data, and then some conclusions we’re drawing from  it.

Cheapest bundle price per MB Most expensive bundle price per MB Average price per MB Out of bundle price per MB
Econet Wireless 2 cents 10 cents 5 cents 15 cents
NetOne 3 cents 4 cents 3 cents 7 cents
Telecel Zimbabwe 2 cents 11 cents 5 cents 11 cents
Africom 2 cents 3 cents 2 cents 11 cents
PowerTel

$50 a month, all you can eat

Some things to note

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  • The cents are rounded off. The raw figures are in the tables below showing the tariffs for each operator
  • The average price per megabyte is just all the bundle prices per MB divided by the number of bundles
  • The Telecel rates are those of their ongoing Broadband Plus promotion. Promos are known to not expire or at least to become the default price so we saw it prudent to use those.
  • This is purely a price comparison and doesn’t take into account the quality of connection in term of speed and stability.

Here are the data tariff tables for all the operators:

NetOne

Bundle size Price Price per megabyte
70 MB $3 $0.043
125 MB $5 $0.040
285 MB $10 $0.035
670 MB $20 $0.030
1 GB $30 $0.030
2 GB $50 $0.025

 

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Bundle size Price Price per MB
10 MB $1 $0.100
80 MB $5 $0.063
200 MB $10 $0.050
 500 MB $20 $0.040
 1 GB $35 $0.035
 2 GB $50 $0.020

 

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Bundle size price Price per MB
6 MB $1 $0.108
10 MB $1 $0.100
 40 MB $3 $0.075
 320 MB $10 $0.031
800 MB $20 $0.025
 2 GB $45 $0.023
 4 GB $75 $0.019

 

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Bundle size Price Price per megabyte
1 GB $25 $0.025
5 GB $125 $0.025
10 GB $250 $0.025
20 GB $450 $0.023
51 GB $1,125 $0.022

Conclusions

  • Of the 3 GSM mobile network operators (Telecel, Econet and NetOne), NetOne offers the lowest priced mobile internet bundles per MB on average.
  • Of the 3, Telecel has the highest priced mobile internet bundles with an average price of US $0.054 per MB. Econet is slightly cheaper than Telecel at $0.051 per MB.
  • On the out-of-bundle rate (which is the default rate when the subscriber doesn’t buy bundles), Econet has the most expensive mobile internet at $0.15 per MB. 
  • NetOne also beats the other two GSM mobile operators on the out-of-bundle rate at just $0.07 cents per MB
  • All in all though, Africom has the lowest priced bundled mobile internet on average at 2 cents per MB. 


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