The national telecoms regulator, POTRAZ, has released its latest report showing a rise in Zimbabwe’s mobile penetration and internet use.
At the beginning of October 2015, the mobile money subscriber total in Zimbabwe stood at 6,670,956 up from 6,230,738 in the second quarter of 2015. Accompanying this subscriber increase was a rise in the mobile money agents from 27,862 in the second quarter of 2015 to 29,775 in the third quarter of the year.
There is one other huge change that happened during the period of decline. The government introduced a 25% import duty on mobile devices in the last part of 2014. This meant that distributors passed on the cost to the consumer and all devices became more expensive.
Something that is contributing to this is the falling international traffic. It’s been noted for fixed network traffic, where, despite a slight increase during the third quarter of 2014, the incoming voice calls have been on a downward trend. Leading up to the end of the second quarter of 2015, this traffic fell by 2.8% to end at 11,854,199 minutes.
Telecoms operators are experiencing a growth in subscriber numbers, but the same subscribers aren’t spending as much. That’s one way of looking at the statistics provided in the latest (Second Quarter of 2015) sector performance report from post and telecoms regulator, POTRAZ.