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Mobile internet usage remained unconquerable in Q2 2021

The charge of mobile internet usage and traffic continued its upward in Q2 2021 according to the latest Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe’s (POTRAZ) sector performance report. Internet Traffic (Terabytes TB) Q1 2020 6,661 Q2 2020 10,407 Q3 3030 14,878 Q4 2020 16,383 Q1 2021 21,865 Q2 2021 23,436 POTRAZ Mobile Data Traffic […]

NetOne hits 4 mil subs while Telecel is hanging on by a thread – POTRAZ Q2 2021 report

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has released the sector performance report for Q2 2021. One of the major highlights of the report is NetOne’s continued upward trend in terms of subscribers gained. NetOne has over the years slowly closed the chasm of the gap that exists between it and market leader […]

Over 90% of internet usage in Zimbabwe is via mobile data

The Zimstat and POTRAZ 2020 ICT Access by households and individuals report revealed mobile data is the most widely accessible form of connectivity at 95.7% for narrowband with broadband at 93.1%. These figures aren’t too surprising seeing as the other ways to access the internet need considerable capital investment. Getting a fibre or ADSL connection […]

58.8% of Zim households have a smartphone – ZimStat

The Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZimStat) in conjunction with the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ), today presented the 2020 ICT Access by households and individuals. The findings were gathered through a survey of 10,325 households both rural and urban. From that sample, ZimStat was able to get a 90% response rate, so […]

The 30% data, voice & bundle tariff hike had POTRAZ’s blessing

In news that you probably know, because NetOne customers are already feeling the brunt of voice, data, and SMS tariff hikes, the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) granted Zimbabwe’s mobile network operators NetOne, Telecel and Econet the green light for a 30% out of bundle price increase. The domino effect was set […]

Econet is calling for a tariff increase

The country’s biggest mobile network operator (MNO) Econet Wireless has called for a tariff increase. The company cited that this will be the only way to keep the telecoms industry viable as the sector is very resource-intensive and relies heavily on foreign currency which is in short supply. “Our headline tariffs were last reviewed in […]

POTRAZ updates Zimbabwe National Frequency Allocation Plan

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) announced in a statement on Twitter that it has published the updated Zimbabwe National Frequency Allocation Plan. REGULATORY NOTICE PUBLISHING AND RELEASE OF THE UPDATED ZIMBABWE NATIONAL FREQUENCY ALLOCATION PLAN. POTRAZ is pleased to advise the Radiocommunications fraternity and Zimbabweans at large, of the publishing and […]

Telecel lost 20% of its subscribers between December 2020 & March 2021

The country’s smallest mobile network operator (MNO) Telecel’s spiral continued into Q1 2021 according to the latest POTRAZ sector performance report. Telecel lost a staggering 20% of its subscribers in just 3 months! Q4 2020 Q1 2021 Variance Econet 8,773,300 8,668,095 -1.2% NetOne 3,691,341 3,721,416 +0.8% Telecel 727,094 584,104 -20.4% Total 13,191,708 12,970,615 -1.7% POTRAZ […]

Women only make up 41.3% of mobile phone subscriptions in Zimbabwe?!

Yesterday, the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe released a state of the sector statement. That document was pretty brief and we were waiting for the more detailed report and well… it is finally out. The figures for the performance of the sector are similar to ones we reported yesterday however in the full […]

Internet usage keeps breaking records according to POTRAZ’s Q1 2021 report

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has released the sector performance statement for Q1 2021. Now, this isn’t the full report, but more a highlight of what will come from the more granular document that will be released soon. Here are the numbers from Q1 2021 Mobile internet and data subscriptions As […]

Govt wants to monitor your phone calls & internet visits, you should be worried

POTRAZ’s traffic monitoring system has its merits but there are some grave concerns as well.

Runner/Malaicha arrested for operating without a licence

Police closing in on runners?

BAZ & POTRAZ merger delayed because ICT & Information Ministries are at odds

The merger of the Postal and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) and the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) is being delayed by Government indecisiveness. In the 2020 mid-term budget review, under the section reporting on “Progress on State Enterprises and Parastatals Reforms”, the merger between BAZ & POTRAZ is addressed albeit briefly; The merger […]

Telecoms regulation and licencing, what’s what?

There is a period when a new technology becomes known of, or is available. This period, for a lack of better term, is referred to as the “wild west”. This is when everything is expanding rapidly, first to those who can afford it or the government and then lastly and slowly to the public. In […]

POTRAZ Officially Opens New Headquarters

POTRAZ (Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe) officially opened up their new HQ in Mt Pleasant Business Park. They moved into the new building a few months ago but the building was not yet open to the general public. The president was at hand to officially open the new home of the telecommunications regulator […]