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Zimbabwe’s voice tariffs among the most expensive in Africa

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According to research ICT Africa’s new portal for mobile tariffs, Zimbabwe’s mobile voice tariffs are currently among the most expensive on the continent. Comparisons on the site are based on tariffs charged by either dominant operators, non-dominant operators or all operators.

The comparison based on dominant operators (e.g. Econet Zimbabwe, MTN South Africa, Mascom Botswana), reveal Zimbabwe’s tariffs as number 7 most expensive. Basing the comparison by non-dominant operators (like Telecel Zimbabwe, Zamtel Zambia and LEO Namibia) Zimbabwe’s tariffs comes out number 4 most expensive among other non-dominant operators in Africa.

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The tariffs on the site were obtained by averaging the cost of 40 calls made randomly in one month.

Below is the top-ten-country list (based on dominant operators) of the most high voice tariffs in Africa. The tariffs are presented in their USD equivalencies.

RankingCountry

Q2 2011

(US$)

Q2 2012

(US$)

Q2 2013

(US$)

1Morocco

39.11

22.92

39.11

2Cape Verde

32.67

29.82

29.82

3Swaziland

38.97

27.2

27.2

4Malawi

20.1

16.91

23.78

5Lesotho

26.45

23.74

23.76

6Madagascar

17.2

20.17

23.06

7Zimbabwe

22.75

22.75

22.70

8Angola

20.67

22.55

22.55

9Niger

20.57

20.57

19.35

10Zambia

19.07

19.07

19.07

 

Below is the list based on non-dominant operators.

RankingCountry

Q2 2011

(US$)

Q2 2012

(US$)

Q2 2013

(US$)

1Cape Verde

33.73

33.73

38.50

2Togo

25.21

25.21

3Madagascar

15.54

19.54

22.32

4Central African Republic

21.99

21.99

21.99

5Zimbabwe

21.57

21.57

21.83

6Angola

19.64

19.87

19.97

7Lesotho

19.28

19.28

19.28

8Zambia

16.8

9.86

18.76

9Malawi

13.86

15.47

18.39

10Cameroon

17.13

17.13

17.13

 

Considering only the countries in Southern Africa, and basing the list by dominant operators, Zimbabwe comes up number 3 most high after MTN Swaziland and Vodacom Lesotho.  Basing the list by non-dominant operators Zimbabwe comes out the most expensive in Southern Africa .

 

Below is the list based on dominant operators in Southern Africa

RankingCountry

Q2 2011

(US$)

Q2 2012

(US$)

Q2 2013

(US$)

1Swaziland

38.97

27.2

27.20

2Lesotho

26.45

23.74

23.76

3Zimbabwe

22.75

22.75

22.70

4Angola

20.67

22.55

22.55

5Zambia

19.07

19.07

19.07

6South Africa

16.78

16.78

14.91

7Botswana

12.93

12.93

12.93

8Namibia

19.54

12.2

12.2

 

Below is the list based on non-dominant operators in Southern Africa

RankingCountry

Q2 2011

(US$)

Q2 2012

(US$)

Q2 2013

(US$)

1Zimbabwe

21.57

21.57

21.83

2Angola

19.64

20.86

19.97

3Lesotho

19.28

19.28

19.28

4Zambia

16.80

9.86

18.76

5Namibia

12.80

12.8

12.80

6South Africa

16.62

12.94

12.57

7Botswana

15.49

11.75

11.75

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