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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.

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.

Ranking Country

Q2 2011

(US$)

Q2 2012

(US$)

Q2 2013

(US$)

1 Morocco

39.11

22.92

39.11

2 Cape Verde

32.67

29.82

29.82

3 Swaziland

38.97

27.2

27.2

4 Malawi

20.1

16.91

23.78

5 Lesotho

26.45

23.74

23.76

6 Madagascar

17.2

20.17

23.06

7 Zimbabwe

22.75

22.75

22.70

8 Angola

20.67

22.55

22.55

9 Niger

20.57

20.57

19.35

10 Zambia

19.07

19.07

19.07

 

Below is the list based on non-dominant operators.

Ranking Country

Q2 2011

(US$)

Q2 2012

(US$)

Q2 2013

(US$)

1 Cape Verde

33.73

33.73

38.50

2 Togo

25.21

25.21

3 Madagascar

15.54

19.54

22.32

4 Central African Republic

21.99

21.99

21.99

5 Zimbabwe

21.57

21.57

21.83

6 Angola

19.64

19.87

19.97

7 Lesotho

19.28

19.28

19.28

8 Zambia

16.8

9.86

18.76

9 Malawi

13.86

15.47

18.39

10 Cameroon

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

Ranking Country

Q2 2011

(US$)

Q2 2012

(US$)

Q2 2013

(US$)

1 Swaziland

38.97

27.2

27.20

2 Lesotho

26.45

23.74

23.76

3 Zimbabwe

22.75

22.75

22.70

4 Angola

20.67

22.55

22.55

5 Zambia

19.07

19.07

19.07

6 South Africa

16.78

16.78

14.91

7 Botswana

12.93

12.93

12.93

8 Namibia

19.54

12.2

12.2

 

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

Ranking Country

Q2 2011

(US$)

Q2 2012

(US$)

Q2 2013

(US$)

1 Zimbabwe

21.57

21.57

21.83

2 Angola

19.64

20.86

19.97

3 Lesotho

19.28

19.28

19.28

4 Zambia

16.80

9.86

18.76

5 Namibia

12.80

12.8

12.80

6 South Africa

16.62

12.94

12.57

7 Botswana

15.49

11.75

11.75

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