Yesterday, we posted the the latest Zimbabwe internet subscriptions statistics that POTRAZ, the telecoms regulator in Zimbabwe, released. There are some interesting facts apparent in the subscription trends locally. Here are the ones we picked. Note that these are stats for the quarter ending June 2014.
1. Dial-up is not dead
If you thought dial-up internet was dead, you couldn’t be more wrong. There are some 8,935 active dial-up internet subscriptions in Zimbabwe.
2. Fibre 1 : Dial-up 5
Not only do we still have dial-up, the total dial-up subscriptions are way more than fibre subscriptions. For every fibre subscription in Zimbabwe, there are 5 active dial-up subscriptions!
3. This is madness!
One more thing yet about dial-up. Dial-up subscriptions actually increased in the April to June period. From 8,901 the previous quarter!
4. Let’s all thank mobile
Mobile Internet subscriptions make up 99.05 percent of all internet subscriptions in Zimbabwe. Mobile includes 3G, GPRS, EDGE, CDMA and LTE.
5. There’s no LTE to speak about
Speaking of LTE which was introduced by Econet more than a year ago. It only had 334 active subscribers in the quarter from April – June this year. 334 users is about 0.004% of Econet’s total subscribers. We’re guessing this is because of limited coverage and limited device capability?
6. But when you are small, you grow fast!
Small as it is, LTE’s user base in the quarter was still a 95.30% increase from the previous quarter when we only had 171 subscriptions in the country.
7. VSAT and WiMAX on the decline
Some technology types are actually on the decrease. In the quarter in question at least: VSAT and WiMAX both registered a decrease in subscriptions. By 15.8% and 17.6% respectively.
8. Fibre is growing fast!
LTE aside, fibre subscriptions are the next fastest growing type of connection. Subscriptions grew by 22.8% in the quarter! There’s a deliberate push by Liquid to install as much fibre as possible currently. Other IAPs like PowerTel, Africom and Telecontract are also connecting more and more subscribers everyday.
9. Fibre is growing faster than ADSL
Surprising yes but true. Fibre subscriptions in the quarter increased by 22.8% where TelOne’s DSL only grew by 0.1%. This despite the fact that TelOne has some 326,576 active landlines in the country! And this is not just in percentage terms; even in absolute numbers, ADSL was outpaced. It grew by 47 subscriptions while fibre grew by 320 subscriptions. We wonder what the problem is exactly!
Here’s the data table we picked this from:
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Do you see anything fascinating we left out that we should add to this list. Please comment below!