3.1 Billion Megabytes Consumed: Zimbabwe
According to the regulator, Potraz, A total of 3.1 billion Megabytes of data were consumed in the second quarter of 2017. This represents a 15.8% increase in data consumption from 2.7 billion Megabytes recorded in the previous quarter. This was driven more by the data promotions being offered by the mobile operators, Telecel came with a night bundle on which customers can get unlimited internet at night, Netone came with cheap data rates e.g. One Fusion, Econet also came with smart data, social bundles such as WhatsApp and Facebook bundles by operators has driven the popularity and usage of these social networks in the country, with WhatsApp’s usage over 40%.
The total number of internet subscriptions as at 30 June 2017, was 6,668,155. This represents a 0.8% decline from 6,722,677 recorded in the previous quarter due to need of hard cash which caused disposable income where people opted not to subscribe much to internet in this quarter causing the internet penetration rate declined by 0.4% to reach 48.6% from 49% recorded in the previous quarter because of the 0.8% decline in internet subscriptions.
A total of 316,816 subscribers accessed and used LTE in the quarter under review; this represents a 16.8% increase from 271,252 subscribers recorded in the previous quarter. The LTE users comprised of 309,215 Econet subscribers and 7,616 Netone subscribers. The increase was caused by people migrating to smartphones with are more advanced (LTE compatible) since the network mode offers fast speeds.
Did You Know?
Zimbabwe has an average internet speed of 2.49 Mbps and it would take 6 hours 50 minutes to download a high definition video.