Data Takes The Lead As Voice Takes A Dive In Zimbabwe

11 October 2019


Zimbabwe’s fixed phone connection lines are now rapidly being used for data connectivity, with data revenue exceeding fixed phone voice telephony income, according to the latest report issued by the Posts and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ).

The state-owned TelOne is the country’s only fixed phone telco that offers internet services and Video-on-Demand (VoD).

In the 2019 second quarter telecoms sector report issued last week, POTRAZ declared that the contribution of data increased, while the contribution of voice decreased during the review period.

Data contribution to the overall revenue jumped to 54.3%, up from the first quarter’s recorded 48.2%.

Fixed telephone revenues grew by 58.1% since the previous quarter.

POTRAZ said that the growth in fixed telephone revenues was caused by the increase in mobile tariffs as well as the migration from the multi-currency era into local currency at the official exchange rate.

International outgoing mobile traffic saw the most significant decline of a staggering 42.7%, attributed to the substantial increase in global tariffs during the quarter under review.

All three of Zimbabwe’s mobile operators saw a decline in data and internet usage. The decline was attributed to the upward review of various promotional bundles and packages during the review quarter.

Source: ITWeb Africa