Zimbabwe tech minister targets 100% teledensity
- Published on 01 November 2012
Zimbabwe Minister of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Nelson Chamisa, says the country is targeting a 100% teledensity rate for his country.
Teledensity measures the number of active mobile phone SIM cards and landlines as a percentage of the country’s total population.
And according to the Post and Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ), the country’s teledensity is currently at 89,8%.
"We have been commended by the ITU as one of the countries with the fastest growing ICT sector in the world together with Kenya and Rwanda," Chamisa said in an interview.
"We need at least to reach the 100% mark, and this is achievable.
Mobile broadband access is also key for Zimbabwe, added Chamisa.
"For now we just study the market growth and see any areas of improvement. Our thrust is to gravitate towards the data platform. We need to have more people on the 3G platform and other data services in line with the global trends," he said.
In terms of the breakdown of Zimbabwe’s telco market, the country’s regulator says Econet is the largest mobile operator with 7 million subscribers, while Telecel Zimbabwe boasts a share of 2,4 million subscribers
The country's third largest mobile network, state-owned NetOne, trails the trio with two million subscribers.