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Internet penetration, active mobile subscriptions & more from the POTRAZ Q3 2021 Report

Potraz DG in front of banner, POTRAZ Q3 2021

The Postal and Telecommunications regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ), today released the sector performance report for Q3 2021. Here are the highlights from the report:

  • Active fixed telephone lines declined by 0.4% to reach 244,316 in the third quarter of 2021 from 245,322 recorded in the second quarter of 2021; the fixed tele-density declined by 0.1% to reach 1.6% from 1.7% recorded in the second quarter of 2021.
  • Active mobile telephone subscriptions increased by 3.4% to record 13.9 million in the third quarter of 2021, from 13.5 million recorded in the second quarter of 2021; the mobile penetration rateincreased by 2.2% to reach 93.5% from 91.3% recorded in the second quarter of 2021.
  • The total number of active Internet and data subscriptions increased by 1.2% to reach 9.3 million in the third quarter of 2021 from 9.2 million recorded in the previous quarter; the Internet penetration rate increased by 0.3% to reach 62.6% from 62.3% recorded in the previous quarter.
  • Fixed telephone voice traffic declined by 1.2% to record 87.1 million minutes in the third quarter of 2021, from 88.2 million minutes recorded in the second quarter of 2021.
  • Total mobile voice traffic increased by 19.3% to record 2.1 billion in the third quarter of 2021 from 1.8 billion minutes recorded in the second quarter of 2021.
  • Mobile Internet and data traffic increased by 10.4% to record 25,882TB in the third quarter of 2021 from 23,436TB in the second quarter of 2021.
  • Used international incoming bandwidth capacity also increased by 4.1% to record 188,768Mbps in the third quarter of 2021 from 181,309Mbps recorded in the second quarter of 2021.
  • Total postal and courier volumes increased by 25.9% to record 732,303 items in the third quarter of 2021 from 581,450 items recorded in the second quarter of 2021.
  • Total mobile operator revenues grew by 15.8% to record ZWL19.5 billion from ZWL16.9 billion recorded in the second quarter of 2021; On the other hand, operating costs grew by 40.9% to record ZWL12.5 billion from ZWL8.8 billion.
  • Revenue generated by the fixed telephone network grew by 25.2% to record ZWL2.3 billion in the third quarter of 2021 from ZWL1.8 billion recorded in the second quarter of 2021; operating costs increased by 13.2% to record ZWL2.1 billion from ZWL1.8 billion recorded in the previous quarter.
  • IAP revenues grew by 21.7% to record ZWL7.3 billion in the third quarter of 2021 from ZWL6 billion recorded in the second quarter of 2021; meanwhile, total operating costs for IAPs grew by 54.1% to record ZWL5.1 billion from ZWL3.3 billion.
  • Total revenue generated by the postal and courier sector increased by 31.7% to record ZWL454.1 million in the third quarter of 2021 from ZWL344.9 million recorded in the second quarter of 2021; operating costs increased by 8.5% to record ZWL366.3 million from ZWL337.8 million recorded in the second quarter of 2021

You can download the full POTRAZ Q3 2021 report with the link below:

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6 thoughts on “Internet penetration, active mobile subscriptions & more from the POTRAZ Q3 2021 Report

  1. Worldwide the cost of internet has dropped significantly, the biggest cost Telecommunication operator’s pay is the POTRAZ licenses, this cost is then passed on to the client. POTRAZ should reduce the license fees paid or remove them altogether by Telecommunication operators thus reducing the costs of data for the struggling Zimbabwean . I don’t buy the costs of spares being expensive, Elon Musk is able to launch self-driving rockets into space and still provide 300 Mbps for less than USD 100. Biggest culprit is POTRAZ, POTRAZ please reduce your fees, taxes etc and help everyone. Make the use of unlicenced bands be truly unlicenced so that anyone can be an ISP. South Africans had to take the Authorities to court so as to get small ISP up and running. We need more competition in the internet space, far too many places dont have connectivity. POTRAZ is killing innovation by charging ridicously obsured fees and the bottlenecks are insane. By the time POTRAZ approved IoT, 5G and other bands the rest of the world will now be on 8G. POTRAZ is the culprit for hindering progress

    1. I concur with you POTRAZ is the biggest enemy of pogresss , they are blocking innovation and many business economies that can be born when we as a nation we can have fast internet connection and more connected digitally

  2. Our countries total internet capacity is less than MIT’s campus internet …….. 188,768Mbps in the third quarter of 2021 from 181,309Mbps recorded in the second quarter of 2021.

  3. They dont even care,this companies and ministries being run by old madalas they are destroying the future left,right and centre.Look what happened when chamisa took the helms at ministry of ict

  4. I concur with you POTRAZ is the biggest enemy of pogresss , they are blocking innovation and many business economies that can be born when we as a nation we can have fast internet connection and more connected digitally

  5. In every quarter the most important figure which is the massive amount Telcos pay to POTRAZ is always left out. To be honest, POTRAZ is just out to milk Telcos and Zimbabweans, Potraz adds no value to the industry, except red tape and hinders progress in the industry. Other countries are giving 1Gbps for 50usd, we are still tied to Whatsapp as the internet, we are still in the stoneage.

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