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Zimbabwe's internet penetration increases

by Staff reporter
21 Jan 2015 at 16:33hrs | Views
Zimbabwe's internet penetration rate increased by a marginal 0,5 percent in the three months to September 2014 to reach 47,5 percent from 47 percent in the second quarter.

Figures released by the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority show that internet subscribers increased to 6,2 million from 6,1 million recorded in the prior period. Zimbabwe has one of the highest internet penetration rates in Africa and analysts believe the country could lead growth of internet in Africa and contribute significantly to the economy.

The increase in internet penetration comes on the back of an increased mobile subscriber base by 2,6 percent to reach 11,4 million from 11,1 million in the previous quarter, as the bulk of internet subscriptions are mobile based.

According to Potraz, available international internet bandwidth capacity increased by 32.4 percent to reach 21,840Mbps from 16,498Mbps recorded in the previous quarter.

There was no change in the national backbone optic fibre length 6,911km recorded in the second quarter of 2014.

"In the quarter under review, the lit international internet bandwidth capacity was 21,840Mbps i.e. 10,920Mbps Incoming and 10,920Mbps outgoing. This is an increase of 32.4 percent from 16,498Mbps recorded in the previous quarter," Potraz said.

In the quarter under review, mobile network operators generated a total of $247,7 million, representing a 9 percent increase in revenue from $227,2 million recorded in the previous quarter.

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