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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 13.46 m connections in 2019. Among them were 13.20 m million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.90 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Zimbabwe is back. Around 27% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 1% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 30,615 webhosts, Zimbabwe is below the world's average by population.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 16.80 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Zimbabwe ranked 146th in an international comparison. The upload rate was 16.93 Mbit/second (109th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 20th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Zimbabwe comes th with a download speed of 0 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 0 Mbit was enough for th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in Mai 2021 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 - 2019

Broadband internet in Zimbabwe 2001 - 2019

Landlines 1990 - 2019

Mobile phones 1990 - 2019


Spreading in 2019Zimbabwe
Total
Zimbabwe
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Internet users3.96 m27.06 %382.04 m85.43 %
Broadband users204,424.001.40 %158.30 m35.40 %
Landlines265,734.001.81 %165.48 m37.00 %
Mobile cellulars13.20 m90.10 %542.60 m121.33 %