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Telecommunication in Zimbabwe

Compared to the European Union, Zimbabwe is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +263, there were a total of 13.44 million connections in 2020. Among them were 13.19 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.89 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

With about 30,615 webhosts, Zimbabwe is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 1,107 million of these, or about 4 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 6.3 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Zimbabwe ranked 163rd in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 4.2 Mbit/second (155th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 44th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Zimbabwe comes 121st with a download speed of 12.31 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 6 Mbit was only enough for 125th place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in February 2022 from 180 countries.

The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the Internet in Zimbabwe from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in Zimbabwe 2001 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerZimbabwe is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband Internet connections. Around 29% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 1% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the former ISDN (more than 256 kbit/s). All fixed connections via DSL, cable or satellite were counted here, but not those connected to the Internet via mobile communications.

Landlines 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020

Distribution in 2020Zimbabwe
Internet users4.35 m29.30 %379.48 m84.74 %
Broadband users203,461.001.37 %163.72 m36.56 %
Landlines252,067.001.70 %160.15 m35.76 %
Mobile cellulars13.19 m88.76 %540.56 m120.71 %

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